Don Wyrtzen received an early start in music, radio, and television while associated with his father, Dr. Jack Wyrtzen, founder of Word of Life International. As a graduate of The Moody Bible Institute, The King's College, and Dallas Theological Seminary, he did graduate work in music at the University of North Texas. In 1971, the Junior Chamber of Commerce listed his as one of the outstanding young men in America, and he received the 1980 Alumnus of the Year Award from The King's College. In 1986, The Moody Bible Institute honored him with a citation for excellence in Christian ministry.
Don has either arranged or composed over 400 anthems and sacred songs, including such favorites as "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow", "Love Was When", "I'll Praise Your Name, Lord", "Worthy Is the Lamb", and "Finally Home". Many of these songs are now in standard church hymnals. In 1981, he received a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association for the musical, "The Love Story". To date, over 2 million of his musicals and cantatas have been sold (including "An Old-Fashioned Christmas", "I Love America", "Ring the Bells", "Worthy Is the Lamb", and "Liberty").
He has also arranged, orchestrated, and conducted for such major artists as Steven Curtis Chapman, 4-Him, Michael Card, Al Denson, Glad, Steve Green, Carman, Sandi Patti, The Gaither Vocal Band, Wayne Watson, First Call, Andy Williams, etc. Released in the fall of 1988 was his first devotional book, A Musician Looks at the Psalms, which comprises a devotional for every day of the year on each of the 150 psalms. This work received the Gold Medallion Award in 1989 from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.
In the last few years Mr. Wyrtzen has become recognized as one of the leading musicians and statesman in Christian music. He has lectured on church music, worship, and hymnology in many of the leading Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries and is a widely sought speaker. Known as a "poet of the piano", his main forte is his virtuoso playing and improvisational ability. He has numerous CD's, tapes, and keyboard books available.
Don and his wife, Karen, reside in Brentwood, Tennessee, where he is president of Don Wyrtzen Music Ministries. He has two grown children: a son, D.J. and a daughter, Kathleen.
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