A full-time church musician since 1973, Michael Bedford currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster and Composer-in-Residence of St. John?s Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he plays the organ and supervises a fully graded choir program, including three singing choirs and one handbell choir. He has held similarpositions in Texas and Colorado.
Dr. Bedford is a widely published composer of choral music for children?s, youth and and adult choirs, as well as organ collections and handbell pieces. He also serves as workshop leader and clinician for children?s and youth choir festivals, handbell choir festivals, hymn festivals and organ workshops throughout the United States.
In April of 2003, his Psalm 96 was awarded 1st Place in the Ninth Biennial Competition for the 2004 American Guild of Organists/E.C. Schirmer Publishing Award in Choral Composition.