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Please Welcome to Our Ministry Staff Joshua G. Hearn, Director of Music/Organist

have a peek at this web-site               After months of diligent and careful work, your Director of Music Search Committee was able to reach unanimous consensus to recommend to the Session Joshua Hearn as our new Director of Music/Organist.  The Session met on Sunday, July 14th and unanimously approved the terms of employment recommended by the Search Committee.  As your Pastor and Head of Staff, I am delighted to welcome Joshua Hearn to our ministry staff beginning August 1, 2019.

Joshua graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois with a concentration in Organ Performance, and additional study in choral conducting and repertoire.  He was awarded a Master of Music degree from the University of Kansas with a concentration in Church Music, studying with Dr. Michael Bauer in organ, conducting, church music, and arts ministry.  He also studied with additional faculty in organ improvisation, children’s choirs, and voice.  Joshua is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists and has held positions of leadership in various local chapters.

Joshua has held previous positions similar to ours, doing both choral direction and performance on organ and piano, in other congregations for over ten years.  His experience as an organist/accompanist spans over 20 years.  We have been graced with his excellent performance on both organ and piano during this interim period and we now look forward to experiencing the full breadth of his skills. We were impressed with Joshua’s overall sense of the way that music ministry contributes to the spiritual vitality of congregational life.  In addition, his interest and experience in a broader arts ministry and in children’s and youth ensembles is exciting as we look to the future.  Joshua also has strong skills in computers, desktop publishing, and web/social media technologies.

Please join me in saying a word of gratitude to our Director of Music Search Committee:  Larry McDonald, chair; Pam Nitsche, David Reid, Charles Singleton (Personnel Rep.), Madeline Dasch, Wendi Levitt, and Annehara Tatschl.  They engaged in a very thorough, careful, and thoughtful discernment process on our behalf with an impressive group of applicants for our position.

Joshua will be with us in worship for the next two Sundays before he begins his work as our new Director of Music/Organist on August 1st.  I hope that you will join me in offering a warm welcome to Joshua to our community of faith here at Southminster Presbyterian Church.  We look forward to a bright new chapter in the long tradition of excellence in music ministry God has blessed us with as a community of faith.

Grace and Peace,

Jeff

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