Biography of Culp James:
James Culp was Organist (he retired in October 2010) of the First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas, where he served since 1981. Prior to that, Mr. Culp was Organist-Choirmaster for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore from 1966 to 1981. Jimmy Culp was born in Kilgore, Texas, although he has been a life-long resident of Henderson, Texas, where he graduated from high school. Mr. Culp attended Kilgore College, Centenary College of Louisiana, and he graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. His teachers have included Carol Hamilton, William Teague, Carolyn Miller, Dr. David McCormick, and Dr. Robert Mann. Mr. Culp has concretized extensively as organist and pianist. He has appeared frequently as pianist with numerous vocalists as well as appearing as organ soloist. Jimmy Culp has concretized in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Kentucky, and New York City. He has performed often with Lorenz Maycher, organist, in recitals of music for organ and piano.
Jimmy Culp was included in the 1970 edition of Outstanding Young Men of America, and he was one of the featured organists on the 1980 album In Memoriam: Roy Perry. In 1991, Lorenz Maycher recorded a compact disc of the organ music of Leo Sowerby on the organ at First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore. Mr. Culp joined him as pianist to record Leo Sowerby’s "Dialog" for piano and organ.