As our church gathers in weekly worship, we unite our voices in song and lift our praises to God on high. The medium of music carries those praises aloft. Through the gift of music, we can experience the majesty and love of God as either a participant or listener. At First Presbyterian Church, the Ministry of Music plays a role in each facet of our vision to make Jesus visible. If you have a desire to serve God and develop your musical gifts, we want to help you find a place of service. Our diverse offerings include opportunities for children, youth and adults. If you have questions about which ensemble might be right for you or a member of your family, please do not hesitate to contact any member of our music staff. Join us as we lift our voices in praise to God!
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise.
Minister of Music
Tom is a native of Alabama who came to FPC in May 2009 to assume the role of Minister of Music, providing musical leadership to the Sanctuary Choir and Chamber Singers, as well as oversight and vision for the entire Music Ministry of the church. Previously he served as the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Huntsville, Alabama. While in Huntsville, Tom also conducted the Huntsville Master Chorale, an auditioned ensemble of singers that performed throughout North Alabama.
Tom graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama with a degree in Music and Business. He later went on to complete a Masters of Church Music from the Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Tom has participated in many workshop and masterclass experiences, including those offered by Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, The Juilliard School in New York, and Chorus America. Tom’s wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Leah, are also active participants in the Music Ministry of FPC.
Tom considers it a privilege to combine his passion for musical excellence with a strong desire to lead musicians and congregations in the midst of holy worship.
Dr. Jae Hyuk Ha
Associate minister of music / Organist
Dr. Jae Ha assumed the position of Organist at First Presbyterian Church in October 2003. A native of Seoul, Korea, he earned a bachelor's degree in organ performance from Yonsei University in Korea and received a master's and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Organ performance in 2003 from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves as adjunct organ professor at University of the Incarnate Word.