After spending over 20 years in the recording industry as writer/arranger, producer, and keyboard artist, working with Atlantic Records, Michael Jackson, Petra, Greg X. Volz, Walt Disney World, and many others, George Atwell currently serves as Director of Music, Orlando Presbyterian Church; Organist, First United Methodist Church, Winter Park, Florida; and Adjunct Professor of Organ at Rollins College. In January, 2000 he conducted the world premier of Mass for a New Millennium a composition unique for it’s blending of traditional Mass elements with references to science, technology, and the future.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance from the University of Central Florida and has studied piano and composition with Iris Engel, Jacques Abram, Burt Szabo, and Gary Wolf, as well as master classes with famed Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Horzowski. He received instruction in organ at Stetson University under professors Harvey Burgett, Susan Klotzbach, and Boyd Jones.
Since 1996 he has been accompanist for the Keynote Arts “Children in Harmony” Festival, under the direction of Barbara Tagg of Syracuse University. In 2007, his Mass for a New Millennium for Chorus and Orchestra received it’s New York premier at Carnegie Hall.
Atwell’s music has been performed literally around the world and his composition Bread for a Hungry World (a commission from Van Ness Press/Genevox Music Group) received a special composition award from ASCAP. He is cited in the 2008 edition of Who’s Who in America and lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife, Teresa, and daughter, Jennifer. His son, Michael, is active in the film music industry in Los Angeles.