Presenters & Performers
Concert and recording artist Nathaniel Gumbs is a native of the Bronx, NY and currently serves as the Director of Chapel Music at Yale University in New Haven, CT. As a recitalist, Nathaniel has performed throughout the United States and abroad; including Antigua, St. Thomas, Ghana, Paris, and Munich. Music critic artistry have described his playing as “mature, lyrical, accurate and energetic.” Consistently collecting a following, Nathaniel was acclaimed in the New York Times for playing with “deft and feeling” on his duo recording with bass-baritone, Dashon Burton. In 2018, Nathaniel curated the opening Hymn Festival (Singing Diverse Music in The New Church) for the Hymn Society’s annual conference. The Diapason journal recognized Nathaniel as one of 20 organists under 30 years old for outstanding achievement in organ performance and church music in their May 2017 issue. Transferring concert caliber performance to worship leadership, Nathaniel has served as the Director of Music and Arts and Church Organist at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC from 2012-2017. Nathaniel’s major teachers include Steven Cooksey, David Higgs, Martin Jean. He holds degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory, Yale University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music.