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Conrad C. Bratton

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Background

Employment History

Education

  • master's degree , music
    Hardin-Simmons University
  • bachelor's degree , music
    Hardin-Simmons University
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Conrad Bratton Retires After 38 ...
www.nwtdiocese.org, 27 April 2011 [cached]
Conrad Bratton Retires After 38 Years
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The Abilene Reporter- News calls Conrad Bratton's longtime service to Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene a "Heavenly Tenure" and many would agree. After 38 years of guiding the choirs of Heavenly Rest as choirmaster, Conrad will pass his baton in August to Wes Gomer, current organist for Heavenly Rest.
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Afterward Conrad will continue serving the parish as their Parish Administrator.
Long tenures as choirmaster are not unusual at Heavenly Rest. Bratton's immediate predecessor served there for 12 years, with the choirmaster preceding him having served for 17 years. Bratton always felt he would have done well if he made it to the 17 year mark, but never expected to be in the position for as long as he has.
In addition to directing the adult and youth choirs, Conrad also directs the church's two handbell choirs of approximately 90 bells. As mentioned in the article, what most members of the choirs admire in Conrad is not only his love of the Episcopal Church and his knowledge of the music, but also his ability to keeping things running smoothly while maintaining his sense of humor.
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Bratton effortlessly led choristers and musicians in one of our most memorable events in recent years.
Conrad Bratton has guided choir ...
www.reporternews.com [cached]
Conrad Bratton has guided choir 38 years
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When Conrad Bratton accepted the position of choirmaster at Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene in 1973, he thought he'd be doing well if he surpassed the 17-year tenure of one of his predecessors.
"The man that preceded me served for 12 years ... the one before him 17 years," said Bratton, who also is parish administrator.
This year, Bratton will celebrate 38 years of service to his church.
"I certainly didn't think I would be here for 38 years, but thought it would be good if I could serve longer than 17," he said.
Bratton, who was born in Dallas and raised in Texarkana, came to Abilene to attend Hardin-Simmons University, where he received a bachelor's degree in music in 1964, and a master's degree in music in 1967. He taught at the former Mann Junior High School until he accepted the position at Heavenly Rest.
"Shortly after I accepted the position, someone recommended a book to me that told me to 'take a look at your members' ... six months from now, there will be different ones,' " he said.
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"Conrad has a great sense of humor, he expects us to do our best, and makes us want to do our best. What never ceases to amaze me is how he can guide us through the six-week process of learning a piece of music - from sight-reading to performance. It's very rewarding."
In addition to adult and student voice choirs, Bratton directs the church's two handbell choirs. The daunting task of controlling the movement of up to 90 bells keeps his choir members on their toes.
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The Heavenly Rest choirs have produced several major music productions in Bratton's 38-year tenure, including "Messiah" by Handel, "Gloria" by Poulenc, and Mozart's Requiem. The choirs have given concerts all over Texas, in several states, and overseas at places including the Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in England; St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church in Edinburgh, Scotland; and Christ Church in Vienna, Austria.
"The choirs are happy - through concert programs both at Heavenly Rest and on tour - to be an outreach for our church," Bratton said. "I love being a part of this ministry, and I can truthfully say I have never had a day when I didn't love this job. I love the people and I love our church; I feel very needed."
Mike Denny, one of Heavenly Rest's longtime members, said Bratton is known for being very dependable, and that often, if an answer is needed, the statement heard around the church is "ask Conrad."
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"In the 30 years I've known Conrad, there's never been a time I can remember that he's not there making sure things are running smoothly," Denny said.
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"Conrad is what keeps our church ticking.
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"Wes will do a great job with the choirs, and I'm sure I won't have any trouble staying busy," Bratton said.
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Conrad Bratton has guided choir 38 years
Episcopal Diocese of NW Texas
www.nwtdiocese.org, 7 April 2010 [cached]
Conrad Bratton Retires After 38 Years
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Conrad Bratton Retires After 38 Years
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The Abilene Reporter- News calls Conrad Bratton's longtime service to Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene a "Heavenly Tenure" and many would agree. After 38 years of guiding the choirs of Heavenly Rest as choirmaster, Conrad will pass his baton in August to Wes Gomer, current organist for Heavenly Rest.
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Afterward Conrad will continue serving the parish as their Parish Administrator.
Long tenures as choirmaster are not unusual at Heavenly Rest. Bratton's immediate predecessor served there for 12 years, with the choirmaster preceding him having served for 17 years. Bratton always felt he would have done well if he made it to the 17 year mark, but never expected to be in the position for as long as he has.
Abilene Reporter News: Music
www.reporter-news.com, 11 Dec 2005 [cached]
Macon Sumerlin wrote the one-act opera for Conrad C. Bratton, the Heavenly Rest choir director, and the choir in 1983.
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"Macon died in February," said Bratton, a close friend of Sumerlin's.
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"We have 30 choir members in a tavern in Bethlehem," Bratton said.
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"All these guys are looking forward to getting back together," Bratton said.
A concert and reception will be ...
www.reporternews.com, 1 Feb 2013 [cached]
A concert and reception will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday honoring Conrad Bratton, who recently retired as choirmaster and administrator at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest.
The concert will be held in the church nave, 602 Meander St. The concert will feature four solo performers. A reception will follow.
Bratton holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Hardin-Simmons University. He taught music in Abilene public schools for 14 years and became part-time choirmaster at Heavenly Rest in 1973. He later was named full-time choirmaster and admini- strator.
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Conrad Bratton: For 40 years, he made music an expression of worship at Heavenly Rest
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