Retired teacher earns ministry award

Published 5:51 am Sunday, December 17, 2023

Retired Morgan Academy music teacher Debbie Anderson earned the Paul H. Stewart Music Ministry Award at the annual Alabama Singing Men and Alabama Singing Women banquet on Nov. 13.

Anderson is a charter member of the Alabama Singing Women, serving as the group’s accompanist over 18 years.

She also accompanies the Alabama Baptist Children’s Honor Choir as well as mass choirs, playing the piano alongside them at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

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“It’s quite an honor,” Anderson said. “I worked for Dr. Stewart as a college student 50 years ago.”

Morgan Academy Director of Operation Karim Oaks said that Anderson is retired from the school, but she still comes in to play music concerts and special events. Oaks also said that the kids enjoy her presence.“Debbie did so much to spark students’ interest in music,” Oaks said. “Not only did she direct them in choral music, she taught them music appreciation where they learned about different music styles. She encouraged our students to use their talents.”

Anderson serves as children’s choir coordinator in several churches and taught music at Parkway Christian

Anderson’s husband of 35 years, Guy Anderson, said that Anderson’s musical love runs deep.“

If all this sounds prejudicial, it is because I have witnessed all these traits, consistently, for the more than 50 years I have known her (35 in marriage). I love her, but I know I am not alone in recognizing [her] integrity, people skills, humility, optimism and profound dedication to our Lord and His service,” Guy Anderson said.

Anderson grew up in Birmingham and graduated from Hueytown High School. Later, she enrolled at the University of Alabama, and joined the Million Dollar Marching Band, playing the flute.