Marvin Mills


Marvin Mills, organist at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Maryland, is also music director of the National Spiritual Ensemble. Previous positions include Associate Minister of Music at National City Christian Church, Director of Music at All Souls Church, Unitarian, and University Organist at Howard University. Active with the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists since 1984, he has served as dean (1990-1992), board member, Foundation trustee, Regional Convention secretary, and chairman for regional and chapter competitions. He has also participated in the Guild’s Pipe Organ Encounters for Youth and Adults. Mr. Mills was a featured recitalist in the Guild’s 1992 National and 1996 Centennial National conventions. He opened the 1989 Wendell P. Whalum Concert Series at Morehouse College. Presented in recital by the Washington National Cathedral in 1989, he returned to appear on its 1995 and 2002 Summer Festival Series. As clinician, he has given workshops for the Unitarian Universalists Musician’s Network, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, Association of Disciples Musicians and for the American Guild of Organists, and the Smithsonian Institute. He has performed throughout the United States in such places as The Academy of Music, Philadelphia; The Kennedy Center; Wolf Trap; as well as historic churches in Krakow, Poland. He has appeared as guest artist with the Washington Male Chorale, the Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Washington Bach Consort, the Cathedral Choral Society, the Folger Consort, and Fairfax Chorale Society. In the spring of 1992 Mr. Mills performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach at All Souls Church, Unitarian. He made his west coast debut in July 1992 at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion International Organ Summer Concert Series in Balboa Park, San Diego, and his New York City recital debut in July 1993 at the Riverside Church. Concerto appearances include the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Johns Hopkins Symphony, the Peabody Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony. Mr. Mills has been a featured artist at the Shenandoah Bach Festival. Active as a vocal coach and accompanist, he can be heard on the recording Angels Watching Over Me with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. Solo recitals this season include appearances Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center Verizon Hall during the opening festival of the Dobson Organ.
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