Dr. Richard Holsomback
Dr. Richard Holsomback retired as the 5th grade music teacher and Director of the 5th grade honor Choir at Pine Tree Middle School, Longview, Texas. Richard has also directed the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church since September, 2014. Before locating to Longview in 1999, Richard served in four Texas School districts in the Dallas, Texas area and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Texas.
He holds degrees from Louisiana Tech University (B.A.), Southern Methodist University (M.Music) and the University of North Texas (M.Ed., Ed.D). At the university level, Richard has done adjunct teaching at Tyler Community College in Tyler, Texas, the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, as well as being a member of the adjunct faculty at Northwestern State University, Louisiana, in the School of Creative and Performing Arts.
Richard has served the Presbyterian Association of Musicians at the Mo-Ranch and Worship Conference as instrumental director/coordinator and the Montreat Music and Worship Conference in the same capacities for several years. He and his wife, Kay, have been members of First Presbyterian Church Longview since 2000 and their daughter, Katie, was raised in the church, participating in choir, youth groups and bible studies.
Mark Reeves, CAGO
Although not a native Texan, Mark grew up in Canton, Texas where he attended public schools. With an interest in piano in Junior High School, he began private lessons with Gwen Mitchell Wallace, Rose Blackwell, and then Alice Tindel of Athens. Then as a Piano Performance major in college, he studies with George Mueller at TJC, Stefan Bardas at NTSU (Now UNT), Susan Madsen and Camille Smith at UT-Tyler. In 1982, Mark took the organist position at First United Methodist Church and began studies with Richard Herr and later, Larry Palmer at SMU. During his time in Canton, he eventually became Director of Music and Media Ministries and remained at FUMC - Canton for 32 years. He also received the Colleague level certification in American Guild of Organists through the Dallas Chapter. He currently serves as organist at First Presbyterian Church in Longview, Texas. Mark is also the accompanist for the Kilgore College Camerata Singers; the Trinity Valley Community College Chamber Singers, Cardinal Chorale, and individual students for school recitals and programs. Most recently Mark was organist for the presentations of Mendelssohn's ELIJAH and Rutter's "The Gift of Life" with the Longview Symphony Chorus and Orchestra.