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Chowan University President Releases Instrumental Christmas CD
Chowan University President, Dr. Chris White, has officially released his second instrumental CD entitled “A Chowan Christmas.” The instrumental CD presents a piano program of traditional Christmas carols and hymns.

His collection of twenty-four songs on “A Chowan Christmas” include many Christmas favorites such as: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, Silent Night, Away in a Manager, What Child Is This, and Go Tell It On The Mountain.

Dr. White’s interpretations combine classical training with a distinctive improvisational style based on a lifetime of southern church music. Recorded in Turner Auditorium of the historic McDowell Columns Building on the Chowan University campus, the music pays respect to over 150 years of performances while reaching out to today’s audiences. The entire CD was recorded, duplicated, designed, and packaged on the Chowan campus.

The piano is one of the most expressive of instruments. At the hands of an accomplished pianist, it can alternately dance and laugh or cry and mourn. Dr. White’s piano style is characterized by passion, aggressiveness and creativity. The listener will become entranced as familiar Christmas melodies speak with new nuances of meaning.

Dr. White was trained in classical piano in his youth. While his career as a minister and educator has been blessed with two highly successful presidencies at leading Baptist institutions, he has used his unique piano gifts of improvisation in many religious and secular settings. In 1997, he was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Music Arts by the prestigious Moscow Conservatory of Music for his contributions to music education. He was the first American to receive this honor.

“A Chowan Christmas” is Dr. White’s second CD. His first CD, “The Spirit Soars,” was released in Fall of 2006. A collection of well-known traditional church hymns, it was well received and widely distributed.

All proceeds from Dr. White’s CDs are placed in an endowment fund of the Chowan University Christian Service Association to provide scholarship assistance for ministerial students.

For more information on “A Chowan Christmas” by Chowan University President Dr. Chris White, contact Portia Davis, Administrative Assistant to the President at (252) 398-6221 or

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