Wayne Gilreath is an active performer, teacher, and church musician. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance (2005) from the University of West Georgia where he studied with Professor George Mann. His Master of Music degree in Piano Performance (2007) is from the University of Tennessee where his teachers included Dr. David Northington (principal teacher), Dr. Christy Lee (collaborative piano), and Mr. John Brock (organ). Wayne continues his organ studies with Ms. Sarah Hawbecker, organist at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta.
A member of the Music Teachers’ National Association, Wayne recently presented a lecture-recital at the 2015 Georgia Music Teachers’ Conference entitled “Listening for the bells: teaching the piano music of Arvo Pärt”. In 2014, he was guest artist with the University of West Georgia Wind Ensemble performing Edward Grieg’s famous Piano Concerto in A minor. Wayne is also a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
He joined the staff at Douglasville First UMC in 2015. As Organist/Choirmaster, he plays for the 8:30am and 11:00am traditional services, leads Wednesday night Chancel Choir rehearsals, oversees the Fine Arts Academy, accompanies guest artists for Sunday Worship and the Holy Week Concert Series, and performs a solo organ program, “Celebrating the Resurrection”, each year after Easter.