Don Lewis is a visionary who believes that music can and does make a difference in the world. Don's music brings a message of hope, peace, and inspiration. With his musical roots in church, music became a way of life throughout Donʼs school years and adult life. Don began playing piano as a Dayton, Ohio high school student. Later, at Tuskegee Institute, he accompanied and sang with the Tuskegee Chorus and played for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Freedom Rallies.
Involved in church music throughout his career, Don has led church musician workshops and performed at a multitude of church music conventions and seminars such as Gospel Music Workshop of America, NAOL, Hampton Minister’s Conference, AME and Baptist Conventions, National Pastoral Musicians, Bobby Jones Gospel Explosion, Saddleback Church, Christian Musicianʼs Summit and the Northwest Ministerʼs Conference. He currently serves as the resident organist for the Children’s Defense Fund Proctor Institute meetings each year at Haley Farm.
An enthusiastic instructor, Don Lewis teaches a course, “Gospel Music a Passionate Heritage” in various settings that was originally developed and taught at UC Berkeley. Don also leads Choral Workshops and Music Worship Services at churches around the world.
Uniting his interest in engineering with his musical talent, Don became one of the pioneers in synthesizer use and technology. In 1977, he designed and built a synthesizer system that was an inspiration for Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), now on display at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA. His expertise resulted in invitations to teach multimedia, and synthesizer technology classes at University of California at Berkeley Extension, San Jose State University, and Stanford University.
Throughout the years Don has been associated with various musical instrument manufacturers including Hammond, Arp, and Yamaha, Roland Corporation, and Rodgers Instruments, LLC Group as a consultant and concert artist.
Don has performed at concerts worldwide and has appeared as a soloist at the Newport Jazz Festival and with symphony orchestras. As a studio artist, he has worked with such greats as Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendez and Michael Jackson. He currently has solo albums available online www.donlewismusic.com
As a composer, Don has created scores for film and television productions including the award winning Rainbows End and Were You There series featured on PBS. Additionally he has composed music for commercial videos for such clients as Nissan, Pacific Telephone, and Digital Equipment Corp.
In 1987, Don combined his love of children, education, and music to create Say “Yes” to Music! Since then, he has delighted thousands of students, teachers, and school administrators across the
United States and Canada with his inspiring musical assemblies.
A documentary is being made about Don Lewis and his musical journey that now is post-production. For more info visit www.theballadofdonlewis.com