By: Lawrence Sumpter (Guest Blogger)
On September 1, 2019 we loss a legend! A gifted musician of grace and distinction, Everyl Chandler-Gibson was the organist for the Ephesus SDA Church (Harlem, NY) from the tender age of 16 and holding that post for over 60 years.
When she sat down to play the pipes the instrument would literally sing and every key struck would bring out her passion for music. Everyl played with a style all her own. The large room would come alive and the Ephesians would pat their feet and hum to the familiar tunes, from Bach and Handel, to Spirituals, Gospel and Hymns, all on the pipes. Two of the churches favorites was Hallelujah, from Christ on the Mount of Olives and Watch Ye Saints the congregation would literally come to great crescendo, applauding and saying Amen!
She was also blessed with a fabulous sense of humor. Everyl Gibson could hold a full conversation with you and not miss a note as she'd played. Another one of her trademarks she was known for throughout the New York area was her ability to play in stiletto heels and not miss a pedal.
There were many talented musicians at the Ephesus SDA Church during that era, but there was only one Everyl. She had the touch for the pipes. Not only was she loved at her home church, many other congregations throughout the New York Metropolitan Area had the opportunity to experience her gift. During her life she was the organist for various churches in this vast market.
Everyl was a student of distinction at Julliard School of Music which resulted in her being chosen to accompany several budding artists. Among them were Leontyne Price, Andrew Frierson, Rawn Spearman and Joyce Bryant. She earned both her Bachelor Master of Science in Music from NYU. She worked for the New York Board of Education. At the time of her retirement, she was overseeing the music curriculum.
Everyl Chandler-Gibson was a woman of class and a brilliant organ performer rendering classical, gospel and spirituals on the pipes. I have recognize Mrs. Gibson every year for Black History month. A true legend in her own rights with a warm spirit who gave back to many of us around Ephesus SDA Church. She was also known as a devoted mother to her daughter, Melody, and a doting grandmother to three grandchildren.
The link below is Mrs. Gibson playing the Holy City. Rest In Peace Sis. Gibson and we'll see you in the morning faithful servant of God. In A Little While We're Going Home. Please keep Sis. Gibson family in prayer:
WATCH EVERYL CHANDLER-GIBSON (Click YouTube link below):
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About the Author
As owner of the Descant Music & Media Group, Ken is a creator and producer of several podcast shows. He is also a music producer, as well as a writer and an accountant for small businesses and nonprofits.