On March 29, Trevecca’s School of Music & Worship Arts welcomed two special guest speakers as part of an event to celebrate the school’s vision and purpose. Cal Turner, Jr., CEO of the Cal Turner Family Foundation and former CEO of Dollar General, and Phillip Keveren, renowned pianist and composer, shared about their faith and offered encouragement to Trevecca’s music and worship community.
Trevecca Provost Dr. Tom Middendorf opened the event by welcoming Turner – and thanking him for the gift of his first job at a Dollar General store during his college days.
Turner urged students to continue focusing on others in service to the Lord, whatever their personal calling, and also offered words of support for all the musicians in attendance. “You may never know the impact that one song can have on someone’s life,” he said.
Performing at the event from Trevecca were the TNU Singers and the worship choir Testify. Later, Dr. Vernon Whaley, associate provost of the School of Music & Worship Arts, spoke about the school’s mission and core values.
“It is a privilege to equip students to be servant leaders in the field of music by exposing them to strong leaders and professionals like Mr. Turner and Mr. Keveren,” Whaley said. “Our prayer is that the valuable wisdom our students heard today shapes the future leaders that they are becoming.”
Trevecca President Dr. Boone closed the ceremony with a reminder of the rich “others-first” heritage of the University that started with founder J.O. McClurkan.