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Nevilla E. Ottley  at Takoma Park SDA organ

Faculty: Organ

NEVILLA E. OTTLEY, M.A. M.Mus., Organ and Music History, and conducting, has been playing the organ since she was 17 years old, studying at first with Professor Alan Carr (B.Mus. 1931 from the CUNY) organist at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Independence Square, Port-of-Spain Trinidad and Tobago. The organ was a 2 manual-3 division tracker action organ that was probably over 100 years old, for it still had the bellow pump levers on it, even though motor had been added to pump the air through the bellows. When she returned to the USA in 1967, she studied organ with Dr. C. Warren Becker, professor at Andrews University. The organ was a 3-manual, 4 division 75-rank Casavant. She studied organ with the great French organist, Daniel Roth at Catholic University of America.  She also taught organ as a graduate assistant at Andrews University, teaches organ at Ottley Music School. She uses the Harold Gleason and the John Stainer organ method books.

She has served as a church organist for over 55 years, including at several Seventh-day Adventist Churches, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, AME Zion and Congregational in Michigan, Trinidad & Tobago, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, DC., she served  Minister of Music and organist at John Wesley AME Zion Church for 3 years, Simpson Hamline UMC for 4 years, at Metropolitan SDA in those capacities for almost 40 years, at Albright Methodist for 15 years, and as organist at Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University for 5 years. From September 2013 to May 2016 (when OMS expanded its teaching to the Monroe School at the Nannie Helen Burroughs School), she served as organist and choir director of two choirs at the historically (Black) Asbury United Methodist Church of Annapolis, Maryland.  She still serves as organist at Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church.  She had the privilege of playing the organ at the Mormon Tabernacle Easter Monday, 2016, courtesy of Dr. Jerold Don Ottley and organist Clay Christiansen

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