Over the last few months, First Presbyterian Church of Dallas has sought a qualified candidate to fill a newly expanded Director of Children’s Music position. FPC Dallas has rich history of children’s music programming across our campus: children have led our church in worship, music-making has enriched our day school classrooms, and children have learned to make music in community together during summer programming at The Stewpot. With this in mind, the consolidation of seasonal and part-time children’s music positions into a single, full-time, cross-campus role was obvious. By staffing our children’s music program in this manner, we believe we will more faithfully live into our mission to inspire curiosity, wonder, and joy in the lives of all children across our family of ministries.
We are thrilled to announce that Helen Kim will serve as our new Director of Children’s Music. When our search committee first met Helen, we immediately recognized her outstanding musicianship and inviting personality, as well as her call to serve the church. Previously, she has worked in variety of educational and ministry roles: as a Teaching Artist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians’ Program, a church music director and organist, a public and private school music teacher, and as an instructor of flute and piano, to name a few. Helen is an accomplished flutist, having earned her Master of Music from the Royal Academy of Music in London and having performed with a number of orchestras in the United States and the UK. We are excited to watch how Helen weaves her experiences and her call to ministry together to create meaningful music opportunities for children at FPC.
As one of our first, fully cross-campus program staff members at FPC, Helen will adapt her work to the needs of the program year: she will direct children’s music opportunities at the church on Sundays and will teach music classes at the day school on weekdays. In the summers, she will teach classes and lead music programming for The Stewpot. Helen’s ministry at FPC begins this week: you can catch her playing flute this Sunday, October 3, in worship at 11 am.