Marvin Mills, organist and choral director, has performed throughout the United States, often at the invitation of chapters of the American Guild of Organists, and has been featured at three of its national conventions. Concerto appearances include the Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, and Peabody Symphonies in works by Handel, Rheinberger, Hindemith, and Jongen. He has served as university organist at Howard University, music director of The National Spiritual Ensemble, and is organist at St. Paul’s UMC, Kensington, Maryland. A frequent guest artist with The Ritz Chamber Players (Jacksonville, Florida) and MasterSingers of Wilmington (Delaware), he has been keyboard artist/choral director for the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival since 2001.
PipeDreams (Minnesota Public Radio) featured Mills, a prize-winning composer, in the broadcast Music of Color; his Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Recital was webcast; and he was a recitalist for the inaugural weekend of the Dobson pipe organ in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center Verizon Hall. Aspiring singers have performed his Four Spirituals for Denyce Graves at colleges and universities throughout the country. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine commissioned a setting of a Phyllis Wheatley poem, On Virtue, for its Poets Corner. Mills appears online at TheVillageOrganist.net and on YouTube.