Earlene Rentz


Dr. Earlene Rentz (b. 1956) received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Montevallo (Alabama) and both Master and Doctoral degrees in Music Education from Florida State University. She is a native of Moultrie, Georgia, and taught choral music for seven years in Habersham County (GA) at elementary, junior high, and high school levels. She has taught music education courses at California State University, Long Beach, The University of Texas at Austin, and Baylor University.

In addition to her current work as a free-lance choral music writer, she is a speaker and clinician in choral music education techniques, rehearsal preparation, and creating supplementary rehearsal materials. She frequently conducts choral ensembles in district, regional, and state events. She has conducted All-State Choirs in Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Alabama. She has received an ASCAP award every year since 1998, and has published more than 300 choral compositions for school and church with 16 different publishers.

She married Dr. Bill Turner in 2001, and they live near Lexington, Kentucky, where they enjoy occasional collaborations in music writing and seminary teaching.