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 LUTHER WASHINGTON, II

 

Luther Washington, II is a gifted musician who is widely known and respected as an outstanding conductor, organist and music instructor.  A product of Seventh-day Adventist, Christian education he is a graduate of Pine Forge Academy in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania; received his Bachelor of Science degree in music education with an emphasis in piano performance and high school choral music from Oakwood College (now University) in Huntsville, Alabama; and has completed graduate studies in Choral Conducting from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

For several years, Mr. Washington has served asconductor and accompanist to a number of choral groups and choirs.  He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally to England, Scotland and Wales, The Ivory Coast, Abidjan West Africa, Bermuda, the West Indies, and the Bahamas.  He is the recipient of a number of awards including the “2014 Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR”) award sponsored by the Professional Association of Educators (PAGE) Foundation, Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce; the “2013 National Hall of Honor Alumnus of the Year” presented by the UNCF (United Negro College Fund); “2012 Alumnus of the Year” for his alma mater, Oakwood University; the “Outstanding Young Professional Men of America” and the “Outstanding Men of America” awards.  He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and the American College of Musicians. 

Early in his career as music instructor at Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy (GAAA), Mr. Washington organized the GAAA Concert Choir and the GAAA Chorale.  For 28 years, he served as GAAA’s music instructor where he was successful in advancing the music department to high acclaim as a result of the development, growth, and exceptional performances of both the Choir and the Chorale.  The choirs performed for several groups and audiences throughout the southeast including the 2012 North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Teachers’ Convention in Nashville, TN; the 2012 Annual Meeting of the National Organization of 100 Black Men, Atlanta, GA; in 2011 the live taping in Atlanta of The Breath of Life Television Ministry Christmas special which aired on prime-time ABC television;.  Successful in also imparting spiritual leadership to his students, they understood from Mr. Washington that the underlying purpose in their instruction and performance was to lift up the name of Jesus, which demonstrates that young people do love the Lord and they answer the call to serve Him in the Ministry of music.

Washington also serves as conductor and principal organist for the Cascade United Methodist Church and the Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church, both in Atlanta.  At Berean, he was Minister of Music for several years and currently serves as associate Minister of Music and principal organist and the director of the Inspirational Voices of Berean .  He is also in his 16th year as principal organist and accompanist at Cascade United Methodist Church, a respected mega church in Atlanta with a strong African American history.  For Cascade, each year he is accompanist for the mass choir performance of the Easter Concert, and most recently the director of the youth choir, Coming Generation. During the 2013 Christmas holiday season, he directed the Berean Mass Choir and Orchestra in the performance of Handel’s Messiah.  Several years ago, Washington founded the choral ensemble OPUS I, whose genre was the Afro-American spiritual song. This chorale was presented in concert as background vocalists in a concert featuring world-renown singer Sandy Patti in Atlanta’s 10,000-seat Omni Arena in 1991.

Mr. Washington’s music is his Ministry, and he honors God by unselfishly sharing and blessing others with his gift.  He remains true to his craft, as evidenced by his steadfast commitment to GAAA where until his recent retirement, he was the school’s music instructor for almost three decades.  Hundreds of students have been taught by Mr. Washington, receiving both musical instruction and everyday life skills.  Many have become members of other musical groups, have gone on to conduct and even organize their own choral groups.  The students were influenced by his take-charge, professional image and business ethics, understanding from him that first impressions are lasting impressions.  Of significant importance, the many students taught by Mr. Washington throughout his 28 years of instruction, learned from him that excellence -- in all things -- is not an option, but it is achievable and God expects it from everyone.

 

 

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