The current pandemic is making life hard for all musicians Independent musicians - those you may have never heard of are suffering the most. Performances are being cancelled, classes are being cancelled or severely limited, recording studios, even home studios are not functioning and more. You can help out by listening to their music via streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music (iTunes), and Amazon Music. Big name groups probably don't need help. Instead, try to listen to people who you have not heard on the radio. The artists make money for every song played. Also consider purchasing a track or album. If an artist has a donate button on their website, consider making a donation. Here are some links to get you started: Spotify (Listen for free) | Apple Music (iTunes) | Amazon Music | Google Music. And of course we can be helped with every piece of sheet music you buy or by taking music lessons over Skype or Facetime
A complete resume is available upon request.
James Gilbert is professional musician, specializing in accompanying, solo performing and teaching music. His primary instruments are piano and pipe-organ. He is also a composer, arranger, orchestrator and music typesetter. He has been involved in music education, including public schools and private music instruction, as well as church music. He has worked as a freelance piano teacher, pipe organist, pianist, accompanist, choir director, orchestra director, handbell director and various other church music jobs. He has also been a high-school music teacher, music consultant for performing arts magnet schools and an arranger/composer. He is proficient in all styles of music, from classical to pop/rock to jazz, and is an excellent sight-reader. He is also a nationally published arranger having been published by such publishers as Theodore Presser, Triune (Lorenz), and Broadman Press (Lifeway) and others. Music from his website has been bought by persons from Singapore to Europe and everywhere between. He has released several albums and singles and has been accompanist (keyboards) and co-producer on 4 additional CD recordings.
On the computer side of things, he maintains or founded several web sites and has done much with computers. He was the founder of the award winning web site from the early days of the world-wide-web, The Gilbert Links. He also maintains this web site which lists hundreds of arrangements or compositions he has written. See Main Page for further details. At one point, he helped his parents build their dream home (see some pictures) - a home they built without the help of contractors. (That website is no longer maintained and may not be available at this time).
James is or has been a member of various professional organizations including: several church music groups; area music teacher associations and the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He has led classes at and been very involved in various summer workshops. James has also voluntered in the community when able playing at various locations, including the VA hospital.
Would you believe there are two or three people in the church music and music publishing business with the name James Gilbert? Well, this one might not be the one you think it is. For one thing, he has no association with and knows nothing about Maranatha Music, Maranatha Singers or Maranatha Choir. Another thing is that he did not write that praise chorus from the 1970's that is very popular.
For further information, including information about hiring him as an accompanist, piano teacher, pianist, pipe organist, or solo performer (including weddings, funerals, and social events), please contact James by using the Contact form