The History of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC)
CFAMC seeks to glorify God and to encourage the work of Christian composers of symphonic and chamber music, opera, and other concert works. We pray that believers will embrace our musical integrity because of our Christian witness, and that our commitment to musical excellence will allow us to bring our Christian witness to the wider art music world. Located throughout the United States and abroad, CFAMC members are professional and academic composers (faculty and students), avocational composers, church musicians interested in art music, and other individuals who support the CFAMC mission and want to be involved in our activities. Among these, CFAMC is pleased include a number of honorary members, including composer James MacMillan and musician/theologian Jeremy Begbie.
Mark Hijleh, Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) founder and president from 1994-2010, studied composition with Karel Husa, Morris Cotel and James Mobberley. He spent 21 years as a music professor and academic leader at Houghton College, where he taught theory and composition and conducted the orchestra in addition to his activities in the broader realm of arts and sciences, including three years as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is the author of The Music of Jesus: From Composition to Koinonia and Towards a Global Music Theory. Among the honors he received as a composer was first prize in the 2002 NATS Art Song Composition Competition. Several of his works are published by Classical Vocal Reprints and Zimbel Press. This past summer, Hijleh began a new post as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at The King's College in New York City.