The Abyssinian Baptist Music Ministry will Premiere Cyrus Chestnut’s, “The Saga of the Cross!”

On April 14, 2017, the Abyssinian Baptist Music Ministry will premiere American jazz great Cyrus Chestnut’s, The Saga of the Cross, featuring the United Voices of Abyssinian, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio, brass, percussion and the Hammond B3 organ. The Abyssinian community is excited to share this extraordinary event with you, and we know it will bless all who hear and bear witness to this musical testimony during the Lenten season. Please visit the direct link below to purchase tickets!



Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir in Concert at Yale University

The Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir will present a free concert Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Woolsey Hall, 500 College St.

“Listen to the Lambs: Music from the African American Worship Experience” is the title of the event. Alumnus Nathaniel Gumbs M.M. ’11 will perform on the organ at the concert. The event is hosted by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. There will be open seating, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.


Elder Damon Mack as Music Therapy Facilitator!

Aby Music’s Elder Damon Mack will be the music facilitator, as well as Praise and Worship Leader, for The Joshua Ministry’s upcoming weekend retreat in Stamford, CT. Be sure to reserve your spot – this will be a phenomenal weekend of praise, healing, fellowship and education!! Details below!


Conductor and Composer Brandon Waddles will lead the Cathedral Choir this Sunday!

aby brandon waddlesAby Musicians are excited to welcome back conductor Brandon Waddles, who will guest lead the Cathedral Choir and worship music this Sunday.
Brandon, a Detroit native, holds degrees from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA) and Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ). He is a conductor, collaborative pianist and voice coach, as well as a published composer/arranger. Brandon has coached with such noted accompanists as Dalton Baldwin, Martin Katz, Jean Schneider, David Anthony Lofton and Clifford Jackson, and has collaborated on stage and in master classes with such famed singers as Angela Brown, George Shirley, Donnie Ray Albert, Vinson Cole, and Lauren Flanigan. His choral compositions and arrangements have been published with both the Evoking Sound and Westminster Choir series, and have been performed by choral ensembles around the country, including the Morehouse College Glee Club and the Westminster Choir.
In addition to Brandon’s choral compositions and arrangements, he has worked as a transcriber of classic gospel songs written by some of Detroit’s legendary gospel writers (Charles Nicks, Thomas Whitfield, etc.) to be added to some of the hymnal supplements published by GIA. Brandon has served on various music ministries throughout the country, including Hartford Memorial Baptist Church (Detroit, MI), the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA), and our own Abyssinian Baptist Church, to name a few.
He has also, on several occasions, been called on as a lecturer on the subjects of the evolution of Black gospel music and the Negro spiritual. He is a member of the Detroit Musicians Association, the Atlanta Collegiate Artists Association, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Musicians Association, all of which are a part of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., of which he is a member of the Collegiate Advisory Board.
In addition to his post at Westminster as director of the Jubilee Singers, Brandon currently serves as Composer-in-Residence at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, as well as on the music ministry at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (Somerset, NJ).
Bio courtesy of GIA Publications. Photo courtesy of Westminster Choir College

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