As a conductor, composer and educator, Brandon Waddles has enjoyed a multifaceted career spanning a multitude of genres from classical to gospel to musical theatre. Brandon, a Detroit native, holds degrees from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA) and Westminster Choir College of Rider University (Princeton, NJ). He most recently served on the Conducting and Sacred Music faculty at Westminster as conductor of the famed Westminster Jubilee Singers.
Brandon’s choral compositions and arrangements have been published with both GIA and Mark Foster, and have been performed by choral ensembles around the world, including the Morehouse College and University of Michigan Glee Clubs, Westminster Choir, Brigham Young University Singers and the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir. In addition to these, he has worked as a transcriber of gospel songs written by some of gospel music’s most legendary writers including Charles Nicks, Thomas Whitfield and Margaret Douroux for numerous GIA projects.
Brandon has served as music director and/or pianist for several theatrical productions including: Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Shrek: The Musical, West Side Story, Pippin and Little Women.
In addition, Brandon has also 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 most recently served 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).
Brandon has been blessed to work with a diverse array of musicians including Dalton Baldwin, Martin Katz, Angela Brown, George Shirley, Donnie Ray Albert, Vinson Cole, Lauren Flannigan, Fred Hammond, Kathy Taylor and Chrystal Rucker. He has also, on several occasions, been called on as a lecturer on the subjects of the evolution of Black gospel music and the Negro spiritual.
Brandon holds professional memberships with both the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., serving on the National Board of Directors for the latter.
Brandon is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education with a Choral Conducting emphasis at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL).
- I Shall Wear a Crown
- If My People
- So Many Reasons to Rejoice
- I'm Troubled in Mind
- Three Spiritual Songs
- O God, Our Help in Ages Past
- Two Light Spirituals
- Fix Me, Jesus
- Dry Bones
- Oh, Po' Little Jesus
- With My Whole Heart
- This Little Light of Mine
- Wait Till I Get On My Robe
- Ride in the Chariot