Workshop – Beginning Improvisation: Escaping the Written Page
7/8/2020 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Herbert Buffington received early musical training as a chorister in the Men and Boys Choir at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, where he also held the position of Cathedral Sub-Organist for several years before entering undergraduate school. He received academic degrees from Duke University (A.B.) and from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at The Johns Hopkins University (M.Mus.). His European study was at the Vienna International Music Center and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. His organ teachers have included Fenner Douglass, Robert Parkins, Peter Planyavsky and Donald S. Sutherland. Improvisation study has been with Bruce Neswick, David Dahl, and Gerre Hancock.
An active member of the American Guild of Organists, he has served as Atlanta Chapter secretary, sub-dean and dean, on steering committees for both national and regional conventions, as director of the National Committee on Membership Development and Chapter Support and as a member of a national task force on emerging technology. He has served as president of the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta, Georgia, president of the Association of Disciple Musicians (Christian Church, Disciples of Christ), and also holds professional membership in the Association of Anglican Musicians, Choristers Guild, American Choral Directors Association, Handbell Musicians of America, and Music Teachers National Association.
Buffington has been Organist and Associate Choirmaster at the Peachtree Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Atlanta, Georgia since 1996. Immediately prior to this appointment, he was the Choirmaster and Organist of Decatur Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), for seven years.