Joseph Martin Renews with Hal Leonard as Director of Shawnee Press Sacred Publications
MILWAUKEE - Hal Leonard Corporation has announced that Joseph Martin has signed a new agreement to continue as the director of sacred publications for Shawnee Press, the acclaimed choral and instrumental music publishing company it acquired in 2009. Martin has overseen the overall publishing for the church market - for Shawnee and its prestigious imprints Harold Flammer Music and GlorySound - and is responsible for meticulously maintaining their stellar reputations.
In his expanded role, Martin will focus on catalog development, composing, producing, workshops and reading sessions. He will continue to report to Emily Crocker, vice president of choral publications for Hal Leonard.
A North Carolina native, Martin earned his bachelor's degree in piano performance from Furman University in South Carolina and his master's from the University of Texas at Austin, where he subsequently taught piano pedagogy.
He began his career at Shawnee in 1993, working his way up from the church music marketing department to become the effective face of the company, concertizing and conducting clinics and conferences for church musicians throughout North America. He has earned a devoted following for his compositions and arrangements, and has well over 1,500 titles to his credit.
Martin says, "Hal Leonard welcomed Shawnee Press into the fold three years ago. Under the tutelage of this publishing leader, the Shawnee legacy is alive and prospering in its splendid new home. I am truly heartened by the spirit of excellence at Hal Leonard, and inspired to prove that the best is yet to come for Shawnee Press."
Crocker comments, "We have a real jewel in Joseph Martin. He is one of the most talented and indemand composer/author/clinicians in the sacred market today. Directors know and love his distinctive style."
She continues, "Joseph has spent two productive decades dedicated to Shawnee Press, and his great respect for the history and future of the company shines through in everything he does. We're looking forward to much more great music to emanate from him."
For more information on Shawnee Press publications, please visit www.shawneepress.com.