Thirteen years ago, an opportunity of a lifetime presented itself to work with Mr. Robert Stovall in the Choral Department at Birdville High School in North Richland Hills. For five years, we were the head and associate directors in the department (he was the head); and for me, it was some of the best years of my professional teaching career. I learned so much from Robert and had so much fun in the process.
Now, years later, we will team up again at FUMCFW as he becomes the Interim Director of Choral Union and Adoramus. Robert brings a wealth of choral music experience as a church musician and as a choral director at the high school level. He was the Director of Music at Meadowbrook UMC in Arlington for 11 years and taught choral music for over 25 years in high school choral programs across Texas. Robert is Past President of the Texas Music Educators Association, and he currently serves as Fine Arts Director at Country Day School in Fort Worth. His wife, Cindy, is the Financial Agent for the Grant Department in the Denton ISD, and they have two grown sons and a grandson. If you have not sung in a choir for a while, you are invited and welcome to sing with Choral Union under his direction. Robert’s expertise in choral directing, coupled with his outstanding character, inspires and encourages singers of all ages and abilities to excel. Choral Union meets on Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Choir Room on second floor for rehearsals. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mr. Hans Grim, Interim Director of Cornerstone Youth Choir, is the Choral Director at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth. In addition to his service with our youth, he is the pianist for 8:30 Disciple Church, 10:35 Chapel Communion, and is a tenor section leader with Choral Union and Adoramus. If you see him flying through the hallway to make these Sunday morning connections, be sure to wave and say, “Hi!” Hans and his wife, Mary, who is an actor, have three children. He welcomes all youth who sing (or who would like to learn!) in grades 7-12 on Sundays from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in the Choir Room for Cornerstone Youth Choir rehearsal. Cornerstone will sing on October 25 at the 9:30 and 11:00 am Sanctuary worship.
Ms. Elaine Johnson, Worship Administrative Assistant, is also the new Music Administrative Assistant and FUMCFW Wedding Consultant. Elaine has served on our staff in many capacities during the past ten years, and her proficiency and personable nature make her a beloved, versatile, and valued member of our team. Elaine’s husband, Rod, works at Lockheed Martin, and they have two children.
Please join me in welcoming this dynamic new “Trio” to our music ministry at FUMCFW!
Peggy Graff, Organist and Associate Director of Music Ministries