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Ethel Caffie-Austin

Minister of Music

State of West Virginia

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State of West Virginia

Background Information

Employment History

Pianist, Vocalist

Centrum


Member, Faculty

VoiceWork


Affiliations

Commission of Arts and Humanities

Member


Black Sacred Music Festival

Founder


Education

West Virginia Technical College


Mount Hope High School


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(74 Total References)


ManyMIDI - What's New

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Dr. Ethel Caffie-Austin is West Virginia's "First Lady of Gospel Music".
Born in Bluefield, WV on February 11,1949, she was immersed in gospel music literally before she could walk - her father was pastor of the local Pentecostal Church. At age three she began singing with the choir, and at six began playing piano. By nine she was accompanying church services, and at age ten directing the choir. At fourteen she assembled with singers from ten parishes what has become the Mass Choir of West Virginia State. She graduated from Mount Hope High School, and founded the Black Sacred Music Festival at West Virginia State University. Also, she has been appointed the Minister of Music for the State of West Virginia. A wonderful pianist, vocalist, and teacher, she has performed in prisons, schools, housing projects, and festivals across North America and Europe. Widely respected for her teaching and for her gospel workshops, after the death of Mahalia Jackson, Ethel has become known as the First Lady of Gospel Music. She was the subject of a 1997 Goldenseal magazine article, "Hand-Clapping and Hallelujahs: A Visit with Ethel Caffie-Austin", and a 1999 documentary film entitled "His Eye Is On the Sparrow". If you haven't heard Ethel Caffie-Austin's wonderful performance of "Amazing Grace", listen to it here on YouTube. My gospel-style piano transcriptions: Ethel Caffie-Austin - Amazing Grace - Complete Piano Part Near the end of Ethel Caffie-Austin's performance of "Amazing Grace", she pauses right after a wonderful gospel riff, and says that she plays that riff more than any other - that it must be her signature. It is indeed a very important old-time gospel riff, mostly used for leading from one chord into another, sort of a transition line. My other brand-new exercise addresses exactly Ethel's "signature lick", explains exactly what it is, and gives a 7-bar phrase (fun to play!) to clearly illustrate exactly how it's transcriptions: Elmo Peeler - Gospel Chromatically Descending Riff Exercise - Ethel Caffie-Austin's Signature Lick


Piano Transcriptions - Note-for-Note Accuracy

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Ethel Caffie-Austin - Amazing Grace
Ethel Caffie-Austin - Amazing Grace - Solo Piano (transcribed by Elmo Peeler).pdf Born in a rural West Virginia town to a Pentacostal preacher father, Ethel began playing piano at age six and by age nine was accompanying Pentacostal church services. She has been appointed the Minister of Music for the State of West Virginia, and is known as the First Lady of Gospel Music. There are very few, if any, better players of this terrific old joyous, uplifting style. This is a note-for-note transcription of Ethel Caffie-Austin's wonderful solo piano (no vocals) performance of "Amazing Grace", complete with walk-ups, walk-downs, octaves, arpeggiations, gospel chords, stride-like Left Hand, plus Ethel's "signature lick" as she herself calls it. Ethel 'swings' this old gospel classic effortlessly, making all the complex gospel elements seem as easy as breathing. Here is Ethel Caffie-Austin's "Amazing Grace" on YouTube.


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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.


Technical Exercises for Improving Keyboard Technique

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Elmo Peeler - Gospel Chromatically-Descending Riff Exercise - Ethel Caffie-Austin's Signature Lick
Elmo Peeler - Gospel Chromatically-Descending Riff Exercise - Ethel Caffie-Austin's Signature Lick.pdf Ethel Caffie-Austin is one of old-time gospel's legendary pianists. Near the end of her wonderful performance of "Amazing Grace", she pauses right after a classic gospel riff, and says that she plays that lick more than any other, and that it is her 'signature'.


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.


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