Tedde Gibson is one of a few musicians comfortable playing jazz, gospel, and classical music on the pipe organ, which is the ultimate instrument to showcase his talents.
A native of Tacoma, WA, Tedde began playing piano at age four, studying with Gail Brooks and the late Dorothy Bade. He later studied pipe organ with the late Dr. Edward Hansen, former American Guild of Organists (AGO) president, piano with Dr. Stephen Moore, and voice with the late Dr. Thomas Goleeke at the University of Puget Sound (UPS). He studied classical organ improvisation with Prof. David Dahl of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and Dr. J. Melvin Butler of the University of Washington(UW) and St. Marks Cathedral, Seattle, WA. While attending UW, he also studied pipe organ with Dr. Carol Terry. Tedde has also coached with theatre organist Jonas Nordwall of Portland, OR and the late Andy Crow of Olympia, WA. Since moving to the Metropolitan DC area in late 2003, he has studied classical organ with Howard University professor and musicologist Dr. Mickey Thomas Terry. Mr. Gibson briefly studied at Peabody Conservatory of Music as a student of former AGO President Dr. John Walker.
He cut his theatre organ teeth as an organist at Pizza and Pipes in Tacoma, WA for 5 years until that restaurants’ demise in 1999. He performed extensively on the premier theatre and classical organs in Washington State prior to moving to the east coast.
Mr. Gibson is a sought after silent film accompanist and has performed in Seattle, New York City, Detroit, Burlington, NC, Stone Mountain, GA, Jersey City, Sanfilippo Place de la Musique in Barrington Hills, IL, and Philadelphia, PA at the famed Macys/Wanamaker store which hosts the world’s largest playing pipe organ. Tedde has collaborated with several gospel and jazz artists including Byron Cage, Melba Moore, Earnest Pugh, Twinkie Clark, Jennifer Holiday, and Dorinda Clark-Sheard.
Tedde is organist/musician-in-residence at the First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Landover, MD (www.fbhp.org), organist/pianist at Capitol Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church, (http://www.capitolhillsdachurch.org) and organist at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Roman Catholic Church (https://hcscchurch.org), both in DC. He is also a music performance consultant at Highland Park Christian Academy in Landover, MD. He has recorded two cds on a 4 manual 38 rank Wurlitzer theatre organ in a private residence in Great Falls, VA: At Last, and Let There Be Praise Volume I.
Tedde Is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the American Theatre Organ Society. (www.atos.org).
Because I enjoy so many genres of music, it is hard to narrow down the list, so here we go:
J. S. Bach
Earth, Wind, and Fire
The Walsh Sisters
R. Nathaniel Dett
Dr. Kenton Lee
Because of my many musical influences, I own a small recording studio which allows me the freedom to work in multiple musical genres, not limited to:
- commercial music
- motion picture and television scores
- political commercial music
- infomercial music
- music scoring for publication
- video game scoring
Have an idea or have media which needs music? Let's talk! Feel free to hit my contact page. You can also check out my SoundCloud link below to hear some other samples of my work.