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Tony Small, Minister of Music

Tony Small has been the Minister of Music at Clifton Park since February 2013 where he provides leadership for the CPBC Sanctuary Choir, Womens, Mens,  Children and Youth Choirs, and the Praise Team.

Tony has created performance and cultural arts programs in 4 major cities (Chicago, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Washington DC) for underserved youth. The Indianapolis Star quotes that the “Stage becomes classroom for kids” at the Madame Walker Theatre, and the Center for Urban Research Quarterly at Loyola University in Chicago says “No one doubts that if Tony has his way, every child who works with him will be one of tomorrow’s leaders.”

In the past 25 years, Tony has focused on Ecumenical worship and served as a Music Minister for Baptist, Church of God, Catholic, Methodist and A.M.E. churches with 5,000+ memberships. His professional awards and fellowships include:

  • 2012 & 2009 National Meet The Composer Award (Smithsonian debut)
  • Tony Award winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Composer Alum – New York Times calls “The Harvard of Musical Theatre”
  • 2008 American Composer Forum Award Winner
  • 2008 Stellar award winning children’s song (“I Am” recorded by Jada & Maurette Brown-Clark)
  • Guest Actor on the 2008 final HBO WIRE Television series
  • 2007 Maryland State Arts Composer Award
  • 2000 White House millennium winning Composer/Playwright Residency (America’s top 55 Artists) spearheaded by Hilary Clinton through the National Endowment of the Arts & Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation). Created the Waltz of the Butterflies Symphony (1st movement) the ACRO Dinosaur Theme Song for NC Museum of Natural Science exhibit and the ScienceQuest Musical.

Tony serves as the first Regional Artistic Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (one of the nation's largest affiliates) and has served as Artistic Director for the Historic Madame Walker Theatre & National, Director of Outreach & Worship Arts at Sherman Street Church (Anderson, IN), Lecturer of Fine Arts at Chicago Loyola University, Training Director for the American Association for the Advancement of Science Chicago Linkages program, Artistic Director for CYCLE Wiz Factory of Learning (Chicago) and Founding Director of the Lake County Urban League’s Camp Smart (North Chicago/Waukegan).

Some of his original works have been featured at the nation’s most celebrated cultural institutions including the Madame Walker Theatre, the Smithsonian, The Paramount Theatre in Anderson Indiana, Chicago DuSable Museum’s Theatre, Indianapolis Children’s Museum, The Hayti Heritage Center, Eubie Blake International Jazz Center, Christina Cultural Arts Center, Reginald Lewis Museum Theatre, The Chicago Museum of Science & Industry and the Kennedy Center.

Artist Residencies include: Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts (8 Baltimore public schools from 2005-07 utilizing Tony’s Edutainment curricula), Baltimore and Chicago Arch-Diocese Schools, Baltimore Parks and Recreation, Morgan State University Summer Arts Camp (Baltimore, MD), Y.E.P.A.W. - Youth Performance Arts Workshop (Akron Ohio and Cape Town, South Africa), Howard Street Alternative School -- an at-risk/last chance high school for juveniles, young mothers (Chicago, IL), 3 Chicago Public and Archdiocese Schools and City Lights (Chicago’s oldest tutor and after-school program). He is a veteran Musical Theatre Director, from Urinetown at John Hopkins University (2007) to the WIZ.

Tony has been married to DeJuana Small for 27 years and has 1 daughter who is an actress/director and graduate of The Juilliard School.

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