IFA events archive

The Sanctuary Praise Band

April 2016 - On Wednesday, April 13 we welcomed The Sanctuary Praise Band as part of our Institute for Faith and the Arts series. It was great to have alumni Will Graves, Garrett Ragin, and Hayes McPherson among the ten college students who made the trip over from the Searcy, AR. Before the concert, band members participated in a question and answer time where they shared why they chose to use their talents in a worship band. They also shared advice about how to stay faithful to God while in college. We were thankful to have such a wonderful group of artists on our campus. The impact from this event will be felt deeply for years to come.

Jillian Edwards Chapman

January 2016 - The Harding Academy Institute for Faith an the Arts welcomed Jillian Edwards Chapman to the O. O. Emmons Auditorium on January 29. Our student body was treated to an interview and a short performance by a singer-songwriter who’s latest album Daydream, released in March of 2014, charted at No. 6 on Billboard's New Artist Chart and #1 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.
Jillian Edwards is a singer-songwriter living in Nashville, TN. A Dallas native, her latest album Daydream released in March of 2014 - charting at No. 6 on Billboard's New Artist Chart and #1 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Jillian is a signed writer for Razor & Tie Music Publishing and has had original songs on television series including ABC's Pretty Little Liars and MTV's Catfish, as well as on SiriusXM radio. In May of 2015, she founded The Deeply Co, a traveling music & art show celebrating makers of all kinds. With a sincere love of song & voice, Jillian is constantly between studio time, touring, writing, and championing artists in unique fields with The Deeply Co. She kicked off the 2015 fall tour season by opening for Jon Foreman's The Wonderlands tour and will be on tour with various artists for the remainder of the year.

Joseph Solomon

October 2015 - On Friday, November 6th Harding Academy welcomed spoken word poet Joseph Solomon to the Cherry Road Campus. Joseph met with students who were participating in our Poetry Out Loud competition to give them advice on how to be a better spoken word poet. Following the session the entire student body took part in a Q & A session where Joseph talked about how his faith impacts his art. After the discussion, he performed spoken word poems LIVE on the O. O. Emmons Auditorium stage.

S. D. Smith

March 2015 -The Institute of Faith and the Arts in conjunction with the White Station Parent’s Club, brought in book author, S.D. Smith, to speak in chapel at White Station.  After chapel, Smith held a creative writing workshop with Harding sixth graders including the Cordova sixth graders who came to White Station for the opportunity.  Later that morning, he went to the upper school and spoke Kayla Pharr’s creative writing class. "He’s passionate about fostering holy imagination in children, about anticipating the coming Kingdom in family, community, and church life."  Smith is the author of the Green Ember.  www.http://www.sdsmith.net/

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Stephen & Juliette Trafton
Longing for Glory Concert

February 2015 - Stephen is no stranger to Harding Academy. Last year his performance of Living Letters: Encountering Philippians touched the hearts of our students and staff. This year Stephen returns with his wife, Juliette, a 2006 graduate of Abilene Christian University. The Traftons will perform a Broadway concert entitled Longing for Glory. Songs from hit Broadway shows will be combined to show how the human spirit longs for more than what this world can offer and how our true heart's desires can only be fulfilled in God alone.

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Nick Michael ('05)
1504 Pictures

January 2015 - A 2005 graduate of Harding Academy, Nick Michael is a part of the creative team responsible for the film production company called 1504 Pictures that crafts films and strategy for diverse brands. As a collective, their clients include The Civil Wars, The American Red Cross, The Associated Press, Missouri School of Journalism, Harding University, and the New York City Charter School Center. Additionally, their producers have taught video and multimedia journalism courses at The University of Missouri, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Alabama

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Ronnie "Reconcile" Lillard

October 2014 - Growing up in Fort Myers, FL, Ronnie Lillard knew the streets all too well. Eventually he landed in the gang and drug culture of inner city Houston. It was there that Ronnie recognized God's pursuit for his heart. After finding God, Ronnie began to turn his life around and earned a spot on the football team at Rice University where he majored in Sociology and Religious Studies. Ronnie now uses his life lessons as the subject matter of his music as he speaks God into the lives of people all across the country.

Night on South Main

September 2014 - On Saturday evening, September 6, supporters of Harding Academy's fine arts program enjoyed an evening of art, fun, and refreshment on historic South Main Street in downtown Memphis. Resident artist, Ephraim Urevbu, opened his gallery just for the Harding family and shared his incredible story that began in Warri, Nigeria.
The Art Village Gallery is located at 410 South Main. Its mission is simply to "connect the Mid-South with exotic works of art from talented but unknown artists living in developing countries."

Caleb Chapman

March 2014 - On Monday, March 24, Caleb Chapman, son of Grammy award winning Contemporary Christian Music singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, spoke to upper school students about Faith and the Arts. Caleb shared his thoughts on how he got started in the music industry by touring with his father and how now he is branching out with his own band called Colony House. Most importantly, students learned about how Caleb integrates his faith in God into his work as a musician who plays in mainstream venues all across the United States.

Andrew Peterson

December 2013 - On Sunday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m., the Harding Academy O.O. Emmons Auditorium hosted a special Christmas tour. Since 2000, Andrew Peterson and his friends have traveled around the country telling the story of Jesus through this unique concert experience.
Behold the Lamb of God is a retelling by song of the Story of Jesus starting at the Passover and working its way to the birth of Christ. The group began the concert with songs from their individual CDs and then merged into this transformative message - the journey of Christ.

Amber Turner

October 2013 - Harding Academy graduate Amber McRee Turner ('89) is the author of Sway and the forthcoming Circa Now, both published by Disney-Hyperion.
Mrs. Turner spoke to the Harding Academy upper school student body and her words were clear, "God is in everything we do and is the author of all things." Her sensory-packed descriptions and examples were extremely engaging and brought to life her message. She discussed her books and the influence that her faith has had on her writing.

Jason Gray

September 2013 - Harding Academy’s Institute for Faith and the Arts was proud to present Centricity Music recording artist, Jason Gray in concert on Sunday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the O. O. Emmons Auditorium.  A crowd of over 425 people gathered to hear Jason share both is songs and his heart.  It was Gray’s honesty and his willingness to explore both the valleys and mountaintops with equal candor that define his artistry and have made him one of the most compelling songwriters of his generation. While Gray draws from a deep well lyrically, what sets him apart musically is the diverse array of influences that make up his colorful palette. A Minneapolis native who has struggled with stuttering, Gray’s early years were filled with the pop sounds of Billy Joel and Duran Duran as well as the lyrical poetry of Simon & Garfunkel and the soul searching anthems of U2. www.jasongraymusic.com

Moriah Peters

October 2012 - A college freshman at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Moriah is honing her time management skills, juggling a full class schedule while promoting her new record nationwide.  Produced by Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dave Barnes, Kari Jobe), I Choose Jesus features 10 songs, nine of them co-written by Moriah, that draw inspiration from a variety of sources, including her own relationship with Christ as well as experiences she walked through with other young girls while leading her high school Bible study.