Guest Artist | Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir

Event time: 
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Woolsey Hall See map
500 College St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Open to: 
General Public
Event description: 

Listen to the Lambs
Music from the African American worship experience

Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor
James Davis Jr., director of music ministries and fine arts

FREE! No tickets required. Open seating; please arrive early.

Note: due to the high volume of events during this evening, we strongly recommend taking public transportation or parking in a garage in downtown New Haven. Street parking will be difficult to come by.


The Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir

The Music Ministry at The Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York is comprised of six choirs and The United Voices of Abyssinian is a “mass choir” of sorts that embodies the totality and unity of the Music Ministry, made up of men and women of all ages and from many different backgrounds and professions. They reflect a medley of unique lives and experiences and are brought together by their love for singing and their faith; their incomparable voices are the common chord that unites to form the choral group central to the worship experience at Abyssinian and the culture of the Harlem community and New York City at large.  This unique choir sings a wide range of repertoire including anthems and standard church literature, oratorios and major choral works, Negro spirituals, hymns (both in the Anglican tradition and the African American gospel tradition), gospel music (both contemporary and traditional), praise and worship music, inspirational pop music and sacred jazz.  In addition, there is a strong emphasis on sacred music of all genres by African American composers.  The choir has collaborated with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta, The New York Pops Orchestra under Skitch Henderson and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under Wynton Marsalis.  The Abyssinian Choir sang for the inauguration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well as the Centennial Celebration of the New York Public Library.  They have appeared at The Apollo Theater, Radio City Music Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society. The Abyssinian Choir has shared the stage with a plethora of artists from various genres including Jessye Norman, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Ashford and Simpson, John Legend, Shirley Caesar, Richard Smallwood and Cyrus Chestnut. The choir is led by James Davis Jr., Abyssinian’s Director of Music Ministries and Fine Arts since 2008.

Nathaniel Gumbs (M.M. ‘11) will be performing on the organ.




“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” arr. Mark Wilberg

“Solid Rock” Walter Hawkins
Damon Mack, Hammond B3
Kevin Sibley, Piano
Levon Fulmore, Bass
Eric “EJ” Johnson, Drums

“There Is a Fountain” arr. Wendell Whalum
    Nathaniel Gumbs, Organ

“I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” Edwin Hawkins    
Charlotte Small, Mezzo-soprano
Christopher Sierra, Tenor
Justin Austin, Baritone


“I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me” C. Hubert H. Parry

“Listen to the Lambs” Nathaniel Dett
    Rebecca Hargrove, Soprano

“We Walk By Faith” Jan Sanborn
    Roy Jennings, Piano
    Nathaniel Gumbs, Organ


“My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” Moses Hogan     
    Sabrina Carten, Mezzo-soprano

“Deep River” arr. Larry Farrow     
    Justin Austin, Baritone

“Wade in the Water” arr. Darin Atwater     
    Keesha Gumbs, Soprano



Piano Solo: Roy Jennings


“Hold Fast to Dreams” Roland Carter
    Brittany Robinson, Soprano

“Trust Me”  Richard Smallwood

“It Pays to Serve Jesus” arr. Nathan Carter
    Nathaniel Gumbs, Organ
    Roy Jennings, Piano
    Bernard Holcomb, Tenor


“Jesus Will” Reverend James Cleveland arr. Anita Wilson
    Tesia Kwarteng, Mezzo-soprano

“Marvelous” Myron Butler
    Eunice Newkirk, Mezzo-soprano

“I Feel Your Spirit” Hezekiah Walker  
    Ethel Calhoun, Contralto

“My Name Is Victory” Jonathan Nelson & Justin Savage   
    Milton Vann, Tenor


“The Lord Bless You and Keep You” John Rutter
    Nathaniel Gumbs, Organ

“There Is a Fountain”


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