Title: Music Educator
Location: La Mirada, California, United States
Barry W. Liesch, PhD, Music Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Music.
The son of a poor family in Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Liesch was approached at his graduation from the University of British Columbia by his mentor, Dr. Marquis, who pointed him toward academia. Largely stemming from the fostering of his mentor’s efforts, Dr. Liesch qualified for a full scholarship to the State University of New York at Binghamton, and went on to four different universities, earning a PhD in music research from the University of California, San Diego. He is now a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in the 8th edition of Who’s Who in American Education.
Dr. Liesch has taught with Biola University in La Mirada since 1974, and was chosen at 21 years of age to be a pianist for the Billy Graham Crusades in Canada. He played for 30,000 people, and later played for Leighton Ford, Billy Graham’s son-in-law. Dr. Liesch later experienced the highlight of his career when he was approached by publishers to write “People in Presence of God” in 1988, and later “The New Worship” in 2001. Both books sold well and were used by many.
Dr. Liesch officially immigrated to the U.S. in 1966, and has since given much to the musical education field. He constantly helps students intern at church, and is the creator of the Jacob Liesch Composition Scholarship and the Jacob Liesch Worship Scholarship at Biola University. Dr. Liesch has also supported the Vikasitha Children’s Home in India. Dr. Liesch also performs, and is a very diverse musician with a theologian’s ear for music. He is now writing a 600 page book of four volumes about keyboard improvisation, called “Keyboard Worship.”
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