Biography

Wayne L. Wold (b. 1954 in Fosston, Minnesota) is currently Professor, College Organist, and Chair of the Music Department at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and Director of Music Ministry at First Lutheran Church in Ellicott City, Maryland. An active composer, author, performer, church musician, and clinician, Wold holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia; a Master of Sacred Music (MSM) degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio; and a Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He earned the certification of AAGO (Associate of the American Guild of Organists) and received the “Alumnus of Excellence Award” in 2015 from Shenandoah Conservatory. He is editor and frequent author of a monthly column entitled “Musicians on the Side” in the journal The American Organist. Wold is the author of three books, numerous articles, and dozens of anthem and hymn texts. His published compositions number over 300 and include works for organ, adult and children’s choirs, and various instrumental ensembles, plus a children’s musical and psalm settings and hymn tunes that appear in numerous hymnals in the U.S. and Australia. He served on the editorial committee for the hymnal Evangelical Lutheran Worship. He has presented numerous recitals and improvised hymn festivals across the U.S. and in Europe and has performed as harpsichordist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Hood Chamber Players, the National String Sinfonia, the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, and Bach in Baltimore. Wold is an active member of both the Baltimore and Central Maryland Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), a member and past regional president of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM), and a member of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada, and he has led workshops for all three organizations.