Our Staff

President & General Manager    Jeffrey Hamm
Promotions & Sales Manager    Bryan Babcock
Copyright/Licensing Administrator/Executive Secretary  Stephanie Stephens

Music Co-Editor    Craig Courtney
Music Co-Editor    Dan Forrest
Handbell Editor    William H. Griffin
Organ Editor    Deborah Govenor
Co-Editor, Capital University Choral Series    Lynda Hasseler

 

Jeffrey D. Hamm, President/General Manager

Jeff received his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in music education, in 1975 and a Master of Arts degree in piano pedagogy in 1979 from The Ohio State University. He was first employed by J. Arthur Music, which was a distributor for Beckenhorst Press. When John Ness Beck expressed a desire to distribute his own music, Jeff let it be known that he would like to join the team. In March of 1981 he was hired. Six years later John was diagnosed with terminal cancer. At that time he made plans for Beckenhorst to continue its course and appointed Jeff to take over the administrative responsibilities of the company as President and General Manager. In addition to being President of Beckenhorst, Jeff is a past President of the Handbell Industry Council. Jeff frequently accompanies area church choirs and has served as Musical Director for professional and community theatre productions including Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO), Columbus Children’s Theatre and Gallery Players. He is an avid animation fan and loves to travel to Disney World.

Bryan Babcock, Sales and Distribution Manager

Bryan has been with the distribution facet of Beckenhorst Press since 1981. He has degrees in French (l’Université de Dijon), Spanish and music from Otterbein University. Bryan has been maestro of music at Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus serving as pianist/organist/choir director for better than thirty years. He also enjoys the position of musical director for area theatre productions from time to time as well as accompanist at large. Bryan enjoys gardening and even keeps a “greenhouse” of plants in the Beckenhorst warehouse. 

Craig Courtney, Music Co-editor

A native of Indiana, Craig Courtney began playing the piano at the age of three and the cello at the age of eleven. He received a Bachelors and a Masters degree in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati, studying piano under Raymond Dudley and chamber music under Walter Levin of the LaSalle Quartet. During that time, he was a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Society.

Following a three-year stay in Milan, Italy, where Mr. Courtney studied the piano with Illonka Deckers, performed for the Associazione Musicale "Gustav Mahler", and worked extensively as a vocal coach, he was invited to join the music faculty of the famed Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, serving as piano teacher and accompanist for the woodwind and brass department.

It was during this six-year period, while serving in the music ministry of the Salzburg International Baptist Church, that Mr. Courtney began directing a church choir and composing sacred choral music, due to the unavailability of English language music. In 1985, his compositions came to the attention of John Ness Beck, through the publication of his octavo, Thy Will Be Done, initiating a close working relationship between the two men which continued until Mr. Beck's death in 1987. In making plans for the ongoing of Beckenhorst Press, Mr. Beck appointed Craig Courtney to assume his responsibilities as staff composer and editor.

At this point in time, Mr. Courtney's published works include more than two hundred choral octavos, nine vocal collections, a piano solo collection and six extended works for choir and orchestra. Compositionally, Mr. Courtney combines his training and background as a pianist, a cellist, a vocal coach, an accompanist and a choral director to create words that bear his unique style. He has been a frequent recipient of ASCAP achievement awards and his composition, Peace I Give to You, was awarded 1st place in the 2003 John Ness Beck Foundation competition.

In demand throughout the country as a choral clinician and featured composer, Craig Courtney now resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Susan, and his fourth son, Nathan.

Dan Forrest, Music Co-editor

Dan Forrest has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music….that is truly magical” (NY Concert Review), with works hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice), and  “superb writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). Since its first publication in 2001, Dan’s music has sold millions of copies, and is well established in the repertoire of choirs in the U.S. and and around the world.

Dan’s choral works have received numerous awards and distinctions, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Award, the ALCM Raabe Prize, and many others. His commissioned choral works have been premiered in major venues around the world and featured on national radio and TV broadcasts. His major works Requiem for the Living (2013) and Jubilate Deo (2016), have quickly become standard choral/orchestral repertoire of ensembles around the world, and his newest major work LUX: The Dawn From On High (2018) is now receiving similar critical acclaim. 

Dan is highly active in the music publishing industry, publishing choral music with Hinshaw Music, Beckenhorst Press, and, recently, publishing his concert music through his own company, The Music Of Dan Forrest (distributed by Beckenhorst Press). Dan also works as co-editor at Beckenhorst Press, and has published with more than a dozen other publishers. He adjudicates regional and national composition contests, and keeps a full schedule of commissions, workshops, recordings, adjunct professorships, and residencies with universities, churches, and community ensembles, collaborating as accompanist, presenting his music, and teaching composition and music theory. Dan also serves as Artist-in-Residence at his home church, Mitchell Road Presbyterian (PCA). 

Dan holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in piano performance. His academic background includes several years as a professor and department head (music theory and composition) in higher education. More information about Dan and his work can be found at www.danforrest.com.

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