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Dr. Ethel Caffie-Austin

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Employment History

Learn a Chinese Phrase

Homespun Tapes Ltd


The Register Herald


Commission of Arts and Humanities

Black Sacred Music Festival


West Virginia Technical College

bachelor of arts degree

language arts

West Virginia Institute of Technology

honorary doctorate

Davis & Elkins College

teaching degree

Language Arts

West Virginia Institute of Technology

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Ethel Caffie-Austin

Mount Hope native Ethel Caffie-Austin is known as West Virginia's First Lady of Gospel Music. She earned this title after years of teaching, playing and performing gospel music in settings that range from prisons to the Smithsonian. Immersed in music as her father worked as pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God in Christ, she began playing piano at age 6 and directed her first choir at age 11. She has performed at numerous festivals in the United States and Europe. She founded the Black Sacred Music Festival at West Virginia State University, and she was appointed the Minister of Music for the State of West Virginia. She has recorded at least three CDs of her music, as well as being the subject of two documentary films and numerous magazines and newspaper articles. She recorded music for a Smithsonian Folkways project that was also featured on television. She regularly performs at the Augusta Festival in West Virginia and the Black Cultural Heritage Festival in Georgia.

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Dr. Ethel Caffie-Austin of Dunbar, West Virginia's "First Lady of Gospel Music" grew up in a home steeped in African-American heritage and culture.

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Ethel Caffie-Austin

Known as West Virginia's "First Lady of Gospel Music," the gifted Ethel Caffie-Austin is a pianist, singer, choir leader and educator. With a big, passionate voice and mighty two-fisted piano style, Ethel Caffie-Austin drives her home gospel train with a fiery intensity and élan. The daughter of a Pentecostal minister, Caffie-Austin was born in Alabama and raised in Mount Hope, West Virginia, in the heart of the coalfields. Among the songs and stories passed on to her by her family and neighbors were veiled references to the Underground Railroad, and the community's participation as a way station on the road north to freedom.
Ethel began playing piano at the age of 6, started accompanying church services when she was 9, and directed her first church choir at the age of 11. She began directing choirs for the Churches of God in Christ when she was 14, and has been active in that church ever since. Today, she serves as the pastor of Rimson Memorial Church of God in Christ in Charleston, and Minister of Music of the West Virginia Jurisdiction of the Churches of God in Christ. Outside of the church, Ethel received a teaching degree in Language Arts from the West Virginia Institute of Technology, and, several years later, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts degree from that institution. In addition, Caffie-Austin has received a number of other awards, including the Jefferson Award for Humanity and West Virginia's Brotherhood Award. She has appeared on public radio's Mountain Stage, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. She has taught numerous vocal and piano workshops in the United States and Europe, where she incorporates spirituals and other pre-gospel styles into her presentations in order to expose people to the wide range of African American sacred music.

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Ethel Caffie-Austin is a pianist, vocalist, choir leader, and educator who is steeped in the traditions and styles of the black church.She was born in Alabama as the granddaughter of a slave, so she is deeply rooted in the old songs that she has heard and sung since her childhood.She started to play the piano when she was only six years old and from the age of ten on she directed the choir at her father's church.Acclaimed as West Virginia's "First Lady of Gospel Music," she has been the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Humanity, West Virginia's Brotherhood Award, and many other prestigious honors.

Ethel Caffie-Austin (see bio, above), besides leading the gospel choir, will give a daily class on gospel-style piano.

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Ethel Caffie-Austin - Learn To Play Gospel Piano

Jul 25 2015
Ethel Caffie-Austin - Learn To Play Gospel Piano
There's no sound more thrilling than the walking bass notes and driving chords of traditional gospel piano, and there is no better way to learn it than from this 2-DVD set. Dr. Ethel Caffie-Austin, a formidable pianist, vocalist and educator, is steeped in the traditions and styles of the black church. She has a clear and concise teaching method and a desire to get you playing this heartfelt and inspirational music, even if you have never played it before.

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