Though it’s difficult to confirm a claim like this, we’re told that the Texas Normal Singing School is the oldest, still-active Singing School. In this storied seventy year history, many men and women have contributed to the Lord’s successes at TNSS. Below many of our fellow instructors and staff members from years past are listed (though this list is not exhaustive; updates and corrections are welcome). Many of these men and women have passed on from this life. We look forward to singing with them again in the eternal presence of God.
Early Arceneaux (Bible school program)
Luther Blackmon (Bible school program)
J. “J.T.” Blackstone
Holland Boring, Jr.
Holland Boring, Sr.
Royce Bressie (Bible school program)
Clinton “Clint” Davis
John “Tinker” Furr
W.L. Fricks (Bible school program)
M.R. Phillips (Bible school program)
Claude “Buddy” Sessions, Jr.
Claude Sessions, Sr.
Rebecca “Bicky” (Lawson) Tolar
What Others Say…
I have a music degree from a 4-year college and thought I knew everything I needed to know about singing and writing music. Guess what!!! Didn’t know as much as I thought I did. Learned tons of new stuff. They attract some of the best teachers in their field!! Well worth your time!!
“I highly recommend the Singing School, as there is an urgent need for song leader training.”
Keith Lancaster (4/4/16), Cullman, Alabama
“I plan on making Singing School a part of my summer for my whole life!”
Megan A., Neosho, Missouri
“I always thought I was a fairly decent song leader before attending the school. But having gone thru the program, I learned from excellent instructors and have confidence to lead in ways that I would have never tried before. I was challenged to be better, not for me, but for Him.”
Robin E., Madison, Alabama
“The fellowship and love we had together in song and spirituality is something I will cherish for the rest of my life … I would encourage anyone who has a passion for leading the church in worship to take the time even for one year to experience what the Singing School has to offer.”
Alan D., London, England
“I had a WONDERFUL time with all of you this week! I will work hard this year!”
Megan A., Missouri
“We had a good time singing with you all tonight. Thanks for letting us stop by.”
Jason F., Abilene, Texas
“What a great, intense week the Singing School was! I want to shout my thanks to all of you who work so hard to make this happen. I can only imagine the time and effort that goes into it.”
Kerri R., Grants Pass, Oregon
“I thank all of the teachers, coaches, and staff here at ACU Singing School for helping me get where I am today. I had a long way to go and I’m just barely getting started… thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”
Robert H., Temple, Texas
“So stoked to be in our church’s regular song leading rotation. Lead today again and loved it! I love leading people in worship for God! Thank you all for all I learned with you guys!”
Jeff R., Abilene, Texas
“So today I was able to song lead in Ladies’ Chapel! I am proud to say that I did the time signature and was on pitch! … I got a lot of compliments and it made me really happy! So glad that I was able to go to this school and learn what I did!”
Alejandra G., Lubbock, Texas
“Some of the most talented, sincere, and spiritual people I’ve ever met was because of the Singing School.”
Robin E., Madison, Alabama
“I never would have thought or dreamed of being able to even be in front of 2 or 3 people a few years ago. … never would have been possible without the love, support, and teaching of this singing school.”