Lyndell Leatherman was born in southeast Kansas,
the son of a minister. He began piano lessons
at age eight, studying with his mother, Wilma,
an accomplished church musician. Later, while
attending Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee,
Illinois, he was privileged to study piano with
Stephen Nielson and organ with Ovid Young, two
professors who subsequently teamed up to form
the concert duo known worldwide as Nielson and
Young. After completing his degree in Church and
Choral Music at ONU in 1975, he continued with
graduate studies in Theory and Composition at
Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal,
Illinois, studying primarily with Roque Cordero.
For the past 26 years, Lyndell has been deeply
involved in church music publishing. He was Music
Editor at Lillenas Publishing Company, Kansas
City, Missouri, for 20 years (1977-1997) where
he was heavily involved in the development of
the “Sing to the Lord” hymnal and its companion
orchestration. Also, while at Lillenas, he oversaw
the keyboard music division.
Since 1997, he has enjoyed freelancing as an
arranger, orchestrator, performer, lecturer, and
editor. A member of ASCAP, he has placed choral,
keyboard, and instrumental arrangements in the
catalogs of seven major church music publishers.
In 2002, he was named Sacred Music Editor for
The FJH Music Company Inc.
In addition to his publishing interests, Lyndell
has served in some capacity in a local church
since the age of 13, either as an organist, pianist,
or music director. He is currently assisting as
pianist and instrumental coordinator at First
Church of the Nazarene of Kansas City.
His family includes his wife, Barbie--also a
musician as well as an artist--and three grown
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