Staff

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

Executive Music Editor    Craig Courtney
Assistant Music 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 keeps the Beckenhorst “greenhouse” growing.

Pamela Hill, Copyright/Licensing Administrator & Executive Secretary

Pam began working for Beckenhorst Press during the summers (2004-2007) and joined the staff year-round in 2008. She studied at Otterbein University (B.A. in Speech & Theatre), Bowling Green State University (M.A. in Theatre & Business), Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London (Certificate) and Actors Theatre of Louisville (Internship). After graduation she pursued theatre management for 10 years which is where she met John Ness Beck (as an actor). As a Theatre Director, Pam has staged over 100 professional plays and musicals from Utah to New York and is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. She has also been an adjunct professor at Wittenberg and Denison Universities.  Pam is a world-wide traveler, loves games/puzzles, and does television and radio voice-overs.

Craig Courtney, Executive Music 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.

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