The Seattle community is invited to a celebration and evening of appreciation honoring the Rev. Frank and Phyllis Brydwell's 40 years of service to the music ministry at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave.
At 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, there will be a community musical tribute featuring choirs from around the city.
Linda Martin of Linda Martin Ministries is a nationally renowned gospel artist and will be among the ministers, community choirs, the Mt. Calvary Praise Dancers and local soloists who will honor the Brydwells for their commitment and dedication to Mt. Zion's music ministry.
On Sunday, Sept. 10, following the 10:45 a.m. service, a luncheon is planned to honor the Brydwells. Tickets are $30 and are available for purchase after each Sunday worship service.
The Rev. Brydwell was Mt. Zion's assistant pastor and minister of music and Christian education for 31 years. He recently retired from the University of Washington as the assistant registrar and was elected the first Black dean of the Seattle chapter of the American Guild of Organists in June 2003. He is a member of the Breakfast Group and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The Rev. Brydwell also serves on the board of directors of the Medina Children's Services. Currently, he is the minister of visitation, church organist and director of the sanctuary choir at Mt. Zion.
Phyllis Brydwell is an educator at Lakeside School, where she has worked for the past 23 years, and coordinates music for the Middle School Division. She is also a professor and guest lecturer at the University of Washington, where she teaches a gospel music class. She served as an adjudicator and led several seminar workshops on gospel music at both the national and state levels.
She serves on the board of the Seattle Symphony, where she chairs the educational committee and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association. A former board member of the Washington Music Educators Association executive board, she was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association's Hall of Fame in February 2002.
Phyllis Brydwell is the minister of music and directs the inspirational chorus, the women's chorus, the youth choir, the junior choir and the Praise in Worship Team at Mt. Zion.