W. James Abbington, DMA

James Abbington 2020

W. James Abbington, DMA


Opening Festival Worship
Ebenezer Baptist Church
7/7/2020 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Dr. W. James Abbington’s research interests include music and worship in the Christian church, African-American sacred folk music, organ, choral music, and ethnomusicology. Along with his roles at Candler School of Theology, where he has taught since 2005, Abbington is executive editor of the African-American Church Music Series by GIA Publications (Chicago).

In addition to writing and editing, he has produced numerous recordings under GIA. One of the nation’s most respected choir directors, musicians and authors, Abbington is a popular speaker, performer, and conductor at universities, conferences, symposiums, and churches around the world. From 2000 to 2010, Abbington served as co-director of music for the Hampton University Ministers’ and Musicians’ Conference, and as the national director of music for both the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the NAACP.

In 2010, Hampton’s Choir Directors and Organists Guild honored Abbington by naming their Church Music Academy after him, and in 2015, he became the second African-American to be named a Fellow of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.