J. Donald Dumpson is active as an educator, master keyboardist, conductor, vocal coach, composer and arranger as well as a sought-after clinician and production administrator. He is also president of the entertainment production company J. Donald Dumpson Productions.
Mr. Dumpson has been artistic director of the Performers’ Workshop at the Community College of Philadelphia, director of the Concert Choir at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and conductor of the Concert Choir at Cheyney University. Currently he is minister of music at Bright Hope Baptist Church, whose Bright Hope Celestial Choir he has taken from the church sanctuary to television and Broadway.
He has guest-conducted the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) and Chorus to critical acclaim. He has also served as a member of the production team for the syndicated television special "An Evening of Stars" and assisted with the choral preparation of the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s June 2001 production of Porgy and Bess.
Donald Dumpson has prepared a special chorus for Christmas performances at Carnegie Hall featuring soprano Barbara Hendricks with conductor Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops Orchestra. He also served as chorus master for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s world-premiere performances of Hannibal Lokumbe’s God, Mississippi, and a Man Called Evers, performed by the NJSO Community Chorus and Westminster Jubilee Singers.
Mr. Dumpson was co-producer for the national telecast of Black Entertainment Television’s First Annual African-American Sacred Music Festival. He also prepared the chorus for the Marian Anderson Award concert with conductor Julius Rudel. Mr. Dumpson received rave reviews when he prepared a chorus for Porgy and Bess with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Bobby McFerrin. Former music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Community Chorus, Mr. Dumpson made his debut with Zdenek Macal, preparing the chorus for the New Jersey Symphony’s performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.
Mr. Dumpson earned a Master of Music from Temple University. He has done pre-doctoral studies at Peabody Conservatory of Music, Morgan State University, New York University, Philadelphia University of the Arts and University of California-Los Angeles.
He has collaborated with such internationally renowned artists as Leslie Dunner and Charles Dutoit; André Raphel Smith and The Philadelphia Orchestra; Peter Nero and the Philadelphia Pops; the Philadelphia Singers under the direction of the late Michael Korn; Bucks County Choral Arts Society under the direction of Elma Heckler; the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia; Singing City of Philadelphia; and Gail Poch and the Temple University Singers. He has also worked with such popular artists as Roy Ayers, the late Cab Calloway, Jean Carne, the late Rev. James Cleveland, Sandi Duncan, LL Cool J, Melba Moore, Patti LaBelle, Boyz II Men, Richard Smallwood, Tommy Tune and Grover Washington Jr.