Earl Naylor received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees Music from Drake University, where he was a graduate teaching assistant in the theory department. He has done further studies at the Eastman School of Music. A past dean of the St. Louis chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Earl was chair of the 1979 national convention of the Organ Historical Society. Earl has worked for several churches in the area, including Centenary United Methodist downtown and Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves. He has given many organ recitals in the Midwest, and played a recital at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York City. Earl's wife Susan is a home health nurse for Lutheran Senior Services and is a deacon in the Episcopal church, serving at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Town and Country. He has three grown children, all in the St. Louis area.