Nathaniel Gumbs in Concert -March 14

Nathaniel Gumbs is a native of the Bronx, New York, and has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including Antigua, St. Thomas, Ghana, Paris, and Munich, and he is consistently gathering new fans and followers. The New York Times described Dr. Gumbs’s playing, in their review of his recording with bass-baritone Dashon Burton, as “mature, lyrical, accurate, and energetic,” and that his performance  was presented “deftly and with feeling.”

Dr. Gumbs currently serves as Director of Chapel Music at Yale University, where he works with students, faculty, and guests to coordinate music for three worshiping communities: the University Church in Battell Chapel, and at Yale Divinity School in both Marquand Chapel and Berkeley Divinity School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, his Master of Music degree from Yale University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. His principal teachers include Steven Cooksey, David Higgs, and Martin Jean.

Prior to his position at Yale, Dr. Gumbs served as Director of Music and Arts and Church Organist at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, where he led several hundred volunteer musicians and staff in four choirs and other ensembles. He has also been a frequent guest musician at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, and he has served as organist and clinician for the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference.

In 2017, The Diapason magazine recognized Dr. Gumbs as one of 20 outstanding organists under 30 years old for his achievement in organ performance and church music. In 2018, he curated the opening Hymn Festival (“Singing Diverse Music in the New Church”) for the Hymn Society’s annual conference.

We are excited for an amazing year of concerts as we celebrate our 250th Anniversary!  These concerts are free and open to the public through the generous support of Culpeper Baptist, individuals and businesses.  To find out how you can support the concert series -contact the church office or 540-825-8192.

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