Fernando Berwig Silva 

Credentials: BA, Universidade Estadual do Paraná, Brazil / MSM, Southern Methodist University /Ph.D., Southern Methodist University (Present)

Denomination: Lutheran

Specific Field: Religion and Culture

Biography: 

Fernando Berwig Silva is a Brazilian composerHe is currently a PhD student in Religion and Culture at Southern Methodist University. A drummer since his teenage years, the Brazilian scholar earned his Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.) from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s degree in Composition and Conducting from Paraná State University in Brazil. Berwig Silva has experience leading music in churches from diverse cultural backgrounds and has served three years as Coordinator of Arts Ministries at a Lutheran church in Brazil. Berwig Silva has premiered compositions at the intersection of church and concert music in Europe, the United States, and Brazil. He will focus his studies on how instances of congregational singing outside church inform faith and ritual in Latine contexts.