Old Testament Musicians

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


The Bible gives the names of many of the Levitical musicians in the Old Testament. The following is a list of these men and what they did.

Asaph
    Seer (2 Chr. 29:30)
    Singer (1Chr. 15:19)
    Instrumentalist - Cymbals (1Chr. 15:19, 16:5)
    Psalm writer (Psalms 50, 73-83)
    The chief (1Chr. 16:5)
    Directed, conducted, taught his children (1 Chr. 25:2, 6)
    Sons (1Chr. 25:2)
      1. Zaccur
      2. Joseph
      3. Nethaniah
      4. Asarelah
Ethan/Jeduthun
    King's seer (2 Chr. 35:15)
    Singer (1Chr. 15:19)
    Instrumentalist
    Cymbals (1Chr. 15:19
    Directed, conducted, taught his children (1 Chr. 25:3, 6)
    Sons (1Chr. 25:3)
      1. Gedaliah
      2. Zeri
      3. Jeshaiah
      4. Hashabiah
      5. Mattithiah
      6. Shimei (1Chr. 25:17)
Heman
    Grandson of Samuel (1Chr. 6:33)
    King's seer (1 Chr. 25:5)
    Singer (1Chr. 15:19)
    Instrumentalist - the horn (1 Chr. 25:5)
    Directed, conducted, taught his children (1 Chr. 25:6)
    Sons (1Chr. 25:4, 5)
      1. Bukkiah
      2. Mattaniah
      3. Uzziel
      4. Shebuel
      5. Jerimoth
      6. Hananiah
      7. Hanani
      8. Eliathah
      9. Diddalti
      10. Romamtiezer
      11. Joshbekashah
      12. Mallothi
      13. Hothir
      14. Mahazioth
Chenanaiah
    Chief of the Levites (1 Chr. 15:22)
    Music teacher (1 Chr. 15:22)
    Was skillful (1 Chr. 15:22)
    Master of the song (1 Chr. 15:27)
Jahaziel
    Prophet - received God's message for King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:14)
    Of the sons of Asaph
Jezrahiah
    Choir director - "The singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer." (Neh. 12:42)
Trumpet Players
    Benaiah (1Ch 15:24, 16:6)
    Jahaziel (1Ch 16:6)
    Shebaniah (1Ch 15:24)
    Jehoshaphat (1Ch 15:24)
    Nethaneel (1Ch 15:24)
    Amasai (1Ch 15:24)
    Zechariah (1Ch 15:24)
    Eliezer (1Ch 15:24)
Descendents of Asaph
    Zechariah (Neh. 12:35)
    Shemaiah (Neh. 12:36)
    Azarael (Neh. 12:36)
    Milalai (Neh. 12:36)
    Gilalai (Neh. 12:36)
    Maai (Neh. 12:36)
    Nethaneel (Neh. 12:36)
    Judah (Neh. 12:36)
    Hanani (Neh. 12:36)
Psaltery Players (on Alamoth)
    Zechariah (1Ch 15:20, 16:5)
    Jeiel (1Ch 15:20, 16:5)
    Shemiramoth (1Ch 15:20, 16:5)
    Mattithiah (1Ch 15:20, 16:5)
    Eliab (1Ch 15:20, 16:5)
    Benaiah (1Ch 15:20, 16:5)
    Aziel (1Chr. 15:20)
    Unni (1Chr. 15:20)
Harp Players (on the Sheminith)
    Mattithiah (1Ch 15:21)
    Elipheleh (1Ch 15:21)
    Mikneiah (1Ch 15:21)
    Obededom (1Ch 15:21, 16:5)
    Jeiel (1Ch 15:21)
    Azaziah (1Ch 15:21)



Curtis Hollembeak


Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.