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Duke University names new director of chapel music

WRAL.comMay 17, 2019

A church musician and scholar from Ohio will serve as the next director of chapel music at Duke University Chapel, the college announced Friday.

Zebulon Highben is currently an associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. He is also director of music at Trinity United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio.

A native of Ohio, Highben begins his role at Duke Chapel on July 15. He will also be involved in leadership and teaching at Duke Divinity School.

“Music nurtures the soul of a community, and Zeb is someone who has the musical ability, liturgical creativity, theological sensibility and pastoral heart to be an amazing musical leader at the chapel, at Duke, in Durham and beyond,” the Rev. Luke A. Powery, dean of Duke Chapel, said in a statement. “He brings with him gifts that are musical and scholarly as well as creative and compassionate.”

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