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A sixth generation Tennessean, Henry C. Haffner is a Violist, Violinist, Music Director, Composer, and Educator. He has the great privilege of designing the liturgy and leading worship at Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, TN. The primary expression of his musical life is the weekly worship of Christ, through the songs of His people.

As a composer, his pieces for worship reflect a desire for accessibility and a deep sense of history and place. Influenced by figures as varied as Antonin Dvorak and Hank Williams, his debut recording, Southern Psalms, was released in September 2018.

As a violist and violinist, he has performed and given masterclasses throughout the South and Midwest. His work can be heard on recordings by Nathan Clark George, Jim Daneker, Paul Cardall, and Michael W. Smith. Since 2009, he has performed as a member of the Lexington Philharmonic in Lexington, KY (as Principal since 2011).

Henry has taught at New College Franklin for eight years. He enjoys the opportunity to share his love of music history, theory, and literature with new generations.

Henry was educated at Vanderbilt University and the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. He lives with his wife and daughter in a little house in the country near Columbia, TN.

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This collection contains eleven settings from the Book of Psalms, with music inspired by life in rural Tennessee. Originally written for Sunday morning worship at Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, TN, each Psalm text is set to a melody named for places and people from around our community, middle Tennessee, and the South. But these tunes are also equally at home on the front porch with Granddaddy’s bible and a glass of sweet tea. You’ll enjoy the sounds of tight vocal harmonies, lonesome fiddle, twangy telecaster, and the occasional banjo and pedal steel. Most importantly, you’ll be inspired to meditate on timeless truths from Scripture.

Get the album here!

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