Jayne Southwick Cool


JAYNE SOUTHWICK COOL (b. 1947) is devoted to composing and arranging music of all types after retiring from the position of Director of Music at Bethel Lutheran Church in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, where she had served as organist and choir director for fifteen years and worked in children’s music ministry for over twenty-five years.  She formerly directed bands and choirs in both public and parochial schools, and was a private instructor on French horn for many years.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, with a major in French horn and a minor in keyboard.  Graduate studies include work at Kent State University, The University of Akron, Oberlin College and Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University).

Her compositions and arrangements include hymns, works for brass, woodwinds, handbells, organ, and choirs.  She is a contributor to Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the worship book of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Fourteen of her hymn arrangements are found in its companion volumes, “Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ”.  Two of her Scripture songs appear on the CD “God Is Watching”, a Faith Stepping Stone resource © by the Faith Inkubators Music Guild.  Jayne is published by Augsburg Fortress, Choristers Guild, Concordia, G.I.A., Hope, Jubal House, Live Oak House, Selah, and Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc.

In 2000, she was selected co-winner of the Third Millennium Hymn Tune Search sponsored by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Jayne was recognized in February of 2006 in a choral celebration of women hymn authors and composers who have influenced church history by the Elizabethtown (Kentucky) Area Sacred Community Choir.  Jayne’s choral composition, "We Trust in Jesus Christ", was the 2013 winner of the new music search sponsored by the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts, in collaboration with the Fred Bock Institute of Music.  She received honorable mention for her Christmas hymn, “A Mystery, A Miracle” in the Macalester Plymouth United Church’s 2014 Hymn Writing Contest.  Jayne has been a guest conductor/clinician at several Choristers Guild children’s choir festivals and has contributed articles to “The Chorister”.  She has served as a conference presenter for The Hymn Society and for The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.  Jayne currently serves as chairperson of the Worship Committee of The Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Jayne lives with her husband Marty (a trumpet player) in North Royalton, Ohio, and has two married children and five grandchildren.  Jayne can be contacted at jaynesouthwickcool@gmail.com

A quote: "One of the most important things we can do for our children is to help them recognize their God-given gifts, help to nurture them, and provide them with opportunities to use these talents in service to their Lord and his Church."