Nathan J. Bayreuther Director of Music First Congregational Church of Madison CT

Director of Music Ministry

Contact 203-245-2739 ext. 21

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 at various venues across the state. He also instituted an annual Lenten Organ Concert Series and Music Series of professional ensembles in 2002. In 2005, he was hired as Director of Music Ministry at the First Congregational Church of Madison. He currently studies organ with Ezequiel Menéndez; he has also studied organ with Godfrey Tomanek and piano with Judith Mack and Linda Laurent.

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 performed a solo organ recital at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. In 2018, he played the famous Newberry Organ at Yale University’s Woolsey Hall and is scheduled to play a recital at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford in May, 2019. Nathan was also honored to be invited back to play another recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral scheduled for the fall of 2019. 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.