Marvin Mills

A native of Philadelphia, Marvin Mills is not only a composer, but also an acclaimed organist, as well as the music director of the National Spiritual Ensemble.

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Marvin Mills has performed throughout the United States often at the invitation of chapters of the American Guild of Organists. Concerto appearances include the Jacksonville and Pittsburgh 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, MD. Guest artist with The Ritz Chamber Players (Jacksonville, FL) and MasterSingers of Wilmington (DE), he is keyboard artist/assistant conductor for the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. PipeDreams (Minnesota Public Radio) featured Mills in a broadcast Music of Color, his Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Recital was webcast, and he was a recitalist for the inaugural of the Dobson Pipe Organ in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center (2006). Commissions include spiritual arrangements for Denyce Graves; a setting of a Phyllis Wheatley poem for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and for various churches. He made his theatrical conducting debut in Joplin’s Treemonisha with Washington Savoyards in 2010.

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