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Ed Dunbar

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Department of Keyboard Studies
Division of Music
School of Fine Arts and Communication



  • DMA, Music , Louisiana State University
  • MMus, Organ Performance, Louisiana State University
  • BMus, Music (Performance), Henderson State University


  • Organ Performance Class (Or 099)
  • Private Organ Instruction for the Non-Major (Or 291)

About Ed

An Arkansas native, Ed Dunbar served on the faculty at Bob Jones University from 1978-2019. He served as chair of the Division of Music for 37 years (1981-2018). Now Professor of Music, Emeritus, he continues to serve as an adjunct professor teaching organ and Counterpoint. Dr. Dunbar has presented concerts through this country—including two appearances at Piccolo Spoleto, international arts festival in Charleston, SC—and has served as judge for national, regional, state, and local competitions.  A member of the American Guild of Organists, he has served as a faculty member for that organization’s Pipe Organ Encounters.  His students have received numerous awards and scholarships and have earned advanced degrees from prestigious graduate schools and conservatories.

Dr. Dunbar earned the D.M.A. and M.M. degrees in Organ Performance from Louisiana State University where he studied with Richard Heschke and Herndon Spillman; his undergraduate degree is from Henderson State University.  He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Pi Kappa Lambda, honorary music societies. In 2018, his alma mater presented to him a "Statement of Lifetime Achievement," honoring him as "a man who embodies what it means to be a scholar, to be an artist, and to be a leader." 

He is organist at Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville where he also serves as a ruling elder.  His wife, Pam, retired from the voice faculty at BJU in 2019; she is Associate of Professor of Music, Emerita. The Dunbars have two daughters and five grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, trips to the mountains and to the beach.

His teaching philosophy reflects Paul’s statement to the Corinthians:  “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (I Cor. 10:31). This was surely the desire of J. S. Bach when he signed his works with Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone the Glory). 

God has given him a ministry of teaching and serving at BJU, and the rewards are innumerable and eternal.