Brandon Waddles, a Detroit native, holds degrees from Morehouse College and Westminster Choir College. He is a conductor, collaborative pianist and voice coach, as well as a published composer/arranger.
He has coached with such noted accompanists as Dalton Baldwin, Martin Katz, Jean Schneider, David Anthony Lofton and Clifford Jackson, and has collaborated on stage and in master classes with such famed singers as Angela Brown, George Shirley, Donnie Ray Albert, Vinson Cole, and Lauren Flannigan. His choral compositions and arrangements have been published with both the Evoking Sound and Westminster Choir series, and they have been performed by choral ensembles around the country, including the Morehouse College Glee Club and the Westminster Choir.
In addition to his choral compositions and arrangements, Mr. Waddles has worked as a transcriber of classic gospel songs written by some of Detroit’s legendary gospel writers (Charles Nicks, Thomas Whitfield, etc.) to be added to some of the hymnal supplements published by GIA. He has served on various music ministries throughout the country, including Hartford Memorial Baptist Church (Detroit, MI), the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA), and Abyssinian Baptist Church (Harlem, New York City, NY), to name a few. He has also, on several occasions, presented lectures on the evolution of Black gospel music and the Negro spiritual.
He is a member of the Detroit Musicians Association, the Atlanta Collegiate Artists Association, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Musicians Association, all of which are a part of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., of which he is a member of the Collegiate Advisory Board. In addition to his post at Westminster as director of the Westminster Jubilee Singers, Brandon Waddles serves as composer-in-residence at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, as well as on the music ministry at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (Somerset, NJ).