First Congregational Church of Madison
An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ
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Nathan J. Bayreuther began his career as a professional
organist at age thirteen at the First Congregational Church
in New London, Connecticut. Hired as the full-time
Director of Music five years later in 1999, he quickly
established himself as an organ recitalist performing
across the state. In 2005, he was hired as Director of
Music Ministry at the First Congregational Church of
Madison. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music,
Organ Performance, magna cum laude from Central
Connecticut State University having studied with
Ezequiel Menéndez; he has also studied organ with
Godfrey Tomanek and Judith Mack.
Labeled “a rare jewel whose performances are both awe-filled and stirring” (Arts on the Edge, Wolfeboro, NH), Nathan has received numerous accolades, awards and scholarships, including the Roberta Bitgood Organ Scholarship (two-time winner) and the Cynthia Wheeler Carr Scholarship. He was awarded the Colleague Certification from the American Guild of Organists (AGO) in 2004 and has served on the Executive Boards of the New London and New Haven County Chapters of the AGO. He has also served as an organ scholarship adjudicator.
In 2014, Nathan was signed to the Arabesque Records music label in New York, and in 2015, he had the honor of performing a solo organ recital at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Other performance venues have included Yale University’s Woolsey Hall (the famous Newberry Organ) and St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford; he is currently scheduled to play another recital at New York’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in November, 2021. He also serves as organist for the New England Chamber Choir in Orchestra based in Cromwell, Connecticut. He lives with his wife and son in Northford and can frequently be found sailing the waters of Long Island Sound in his spare time.