Degree: Bachelor of Science in Education from Concordia University in Seward, NE and a Master of Church Music from Concordia University in Chicago, IL
First Year at Zion: 2000
Classes Taught / Currently Teaching at Zion: Sam continues to teach 3-4th grade music, 5-6th grade music, 7-8th grade music, 6-8th grade handbell choir, 3rd grade recorder, and 4th grade recorder.
Brief Biography: As the Minister of Music, Mr. Eatherton’s duties include responsibilities in both the church and school. In addition to teaching general and choral music to grades 3 through 8 in the school, he plays the organ to lead the music in most worship services at Zion and directs the church adult choir, handbell choir, and chamber ensemble.
Sam grew up in southeast Missouri as the son of a Lutheran pastor and teacher. He attended Lutheran schools through grade 8 and draws upon those experiences when planning the music education for the students at Zion. Sam is married to Lois and their marriage has been blessed with five children.
Sam has been honored with the Richard Hillert Award in Composition from Concordia University Chicago and was a finalist for the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the Texas District Lutheran Educators Conference. Sam is a member of the Dallas chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has served as its placement director since 2000. Sam has conducted workshops on worship and children’s choirs and regularly designs and plays hymn festivals at Zion. He has also directed the massed choir and instrumentalists for the Lutheran Hymn Festival of Dallas.
Sam has had several of his compositions published by Concordia Publishing House of St. Louis, Missouri, including three volumes of organ music. He studied organ with Dr. Gerre Hancock at the University of Texas—Austin, and is currently studying with Dr. Charles Ore at Concordia University—NE.