Dr. James Abbington, Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship

Dr. James Abbington

Dr. Abbington's research interests include music and worship in the Christian church, African American sacred folk music, organ, choral music, and ethnomusicology. Dr. Abbington serves as executive editor of the African American Church Music Series by GIA Publications (Chicago). He served as co-director of music for the Hampton University Ministers' and Musicians' Conference. In 2010, Hampton's Choir Directors'-Organists' Guild honored Abbington by naming their Church Music Academy after him. He has also served as the national director of music for both the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the NAACP. In 2015, he became the second African American to be inducted into the Hynn Society in the United States and Canada.


Dr. James Abbington
Candler School of Theology
Emory University
1531 Dickey Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
Phone: 404.712.4602
Fax: 404.727.2494
Email: wabbing@emory.edu