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Dr. Ethel Caffie-Austin

Pianist, Vocalist

Centrum

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Centrum

223 Battery Way)

Port Townsend, Washington 98368

United States

Company Description

Centrum, in partnership with Fort Worden State Park, is a gathering place for artists and creative thinkers from around the world, students of all ages and backgrounds, and audiences seeking extraordinary cultural enrichment. Centrum promotes creative exp ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Member, Faculty

VoiceWork

Affiliations

Founder
Black Sacred Music Festival

Member
Commission of Arts and Humanities

Education

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

Web References (69 Total References)


Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival Artist Faculty | Centrum

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ETHEL CAFFIE-AUSTIN

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.


Voiceworks Workshop Faculty - Voice Works at Centrum

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Ethel Caffie-Austin

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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.


Centrum - Blues Workshop Faculty

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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.

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


Voice Works at Centrum: Performance

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Ethel Caffie-Austin Joins Voiceworks

We're very excited to announce that none other than Dr. Ethel Caffie-Austin will be joining the faculty of Voiceworks in 2010.
Known as West Virginia's "First Lady of Gospel Music," Ethel 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.
Ethel is a Centrum favorite, and we're honored that she will be here. She will lead a gospel choir - and that choir will perform (optional) at Centrum's popular "Free Fridays Concert Series."


live music, blues, soul, R&B, Shakedown Blues, Peterborough, UK

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Ethel Caffie-Austin with Delnora Roberts live music, blues, soul, R&B, Shakedown Blues, Peterborough, UK

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Ethel Caffie-Austin with Delnora RobertsEthel Caffie-Austin was born on the 11th February 1949 in Bluefield, West Virginia and grew up close to Montgomery. Her father was the Pastor of the local Pentecostal Church of God in Christ and she was immersed in church music before she could walk. At the age of three she began singing with the choir and three years later took up playing the piano. When she was ten she started conducting the choir and at fourteen she assembled the first Pentecostal Church of God in Christ 'Mass Choir' of West Virginia with singers from ten parishes. Since then this has grown into the 'Mass Choir' of West Virginia State and she herself has been appointed the Minister of Music for the State of West Virginia. It was after the death of Mahalia Jackson that she became known as the 'First Lady of Gospel Music' and has since traveled extensively with both her choir and her group. The latter is made up of members of the choir and fluctuates from a duo to a sextet depending upon the venue.
She regularly appears at gospel, jazz and folk festivals throughout the States, Canada and Europe but is particularly fond of appearing at the prestigious Augusta, Atlanta 'Black Cultural Heritage Festival' where she has become a fixture. She has recorded three CD's, two for her own Kobie Label; 'From Generation to Generation' and 'Christ is Back' and one for the Swiss Blueshouse imprint. The latter was used to promote a Swiss Blues/Gospel festival and is as rare as hen's teeth. She also recorded a couple of tracks for Smithsonian/Folkways, which were released on a gospel compilation and featured on the Paul Jones' show last year. Two TV documentaries have been made about her work and in 1995 she became a member of the Commission of Arts and Humanities.

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