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Colin Campbell graduated from the University of Port Elizabeth in 1992 with a Bachelor of Music in performing arts degree, and again in 1995 as Mater of Music, both of these cum laude. He also obtained the Performers Licentiate Diploma in Organ from the University of South Africa in 1992 with distinction. He received the University of Port Elizabeth Council’s award for the most outstanding Master’s dissertation in any discipline in 1995. Colin studied with well-know organists in South Africa and furthered his organ studies in interpretation and improvisation in Utrecht, in the Netherlands with Jan Raas.

As a performing artist, he has appeared with some of the most noted orchestras in South Africa (both on piano and organ), during live radio broadcasts and for youth concerto festivals. He has made several recordings for the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s national radio service, and has given recitals as solo-artist and in chamber ensembles throughout South Africa, Namibia, Europe, and the USA with great critical acclaim.

Dr. Campbell was senior lecturer at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Department of Music, where he also acted as Deputy Director and Program Leader. During his tenure period of 14 years, he established a reputation as organ professor of note, his students consistently receiving awards and international accolades for their excellence. He joined the North-West University in May 2008, where he lectured Organ, Music Theory and Music Technology.

During the period from 1997-2011 he served on various juries of national music and scholarship competitions in South Africa, chairing a number of these juries.
During the period from 1997-2011 he served on various juries of national music and scholarship competitions in South Africa, chairing a number of these juries.

He graduated with a Ph.D.in Music at the North-West University in May 2013 in the area of church music, specializing in the missional context within liturgy. During 2010, he was a visiting short-term research fellow at the Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He also read a paper at an international conference on Christian Church Music in Oxford during September 2011. Colin tried his hand at composition in 2011 with a trio,
African Suite for violin, clarinet and piano, which was premiered in South Africa during October 2011.

Colin joined the faculty at TAMIU at the beginning of September 2013 as University Organist/Assistant Professor of Music & Organ. At TAMIU he initiated the monthly
Music on the Menu recital series, showcasing the organ and the versatility thereof in various genres and ensembles. Colin started the popular Silent Movie series, improvising a live organ sound track to classic silent movie films dating from the early 1900’s. He was also appointed as composer-in-residence of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2014, having premiered his Trilogy for Organ & Orchestra with them. He also appeared as soloist with the orchestra in 2016. Colin is associate organist at Christ Church Episcopal Church in Laredo, Texas.

He is married to Belinda, a clarinetist and has a nine year old son, Colin Jr.

Email: Colin.Campbell@tamiu.edu
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Colin Campbell