Opening Festival Worship
Ebenezer Baptist Church
7/7/2020 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Will Buthod currently serves as Minister of Music at Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur, Georgia. Outside of his full-time duties there, he also serves as Chapel Organist at the Candler School of Theology (Emory University), and founder and director of Voices Found, a community choir focused on social action. He has served congregations in New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Atlanta, as well as throughout Oklahoma and New Jersey. His past ministries included everything from Roman Catholic cathedrals to storefront Pentecostal churches, from giant communities to much smaller parishes.
As a performer, Buthod has won numerous competitions and awards, including the Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition, the Tulsa Young Artist Competition, and the Charlotte Bagnall Scholarship for Church Musicians. He has performed with or recorded for such artists as Jimmy Heath, Denyce Graves, Martina Arroyo, Ben Vereen, Jay-Z, Fat Joe, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Mashonda, Maiysha, Autumn Rowe, Nolan Williams, James Abbington, and Roland Carter. He recorded a live album with Grammy-nominated performer Maiysha at the Blue Note jazz club in New York.
With a gospel music background, Buthod earned a spot as pianist for the Harlem Gospel Choir and has played for such well-known preachers as Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Timothy Wright, James A. Forbes Jr., Johnny Ray Youngblood, and Albert Jamison, Jr.
As a composer, he has composed over 300 works, from classical trios to R&B tunes, which are performed regularly throughout the country and abroad.