Worship Leaders

Dr. Richard Holsomback | Music Director 

Since 2014, Dr. Richard Holsomback has directed the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church and leads all musical programming. He retired as the 5th grade music teacher and Director of the 5th grade honor Choir at Pine Tree Middle School, Longview, Texas. Before locating to Longview in 1999, Richard served in four Texas School districts in the Dallas area and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.

Richard 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, the University of North Texas and Stephen F. Austin State University 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 both the Mo-Ranch and Montreat Worship Conference as instrumental director/coordinator on numerous occasions. 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. 

Dr. Paul Lee | Organist 

Paul Lee is currently Associate Professor of Music at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins and Organist at The First Presbyterian Church of Longview.  His previous positions include Organist/ Music Director at Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview and Adjunct Professor at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.

He was born into a pastoral family in Seoul, South Korea.  He began the study of piano in early childhood and was appointed to his first church position at age twelve.  He earned a B.M. degree in church music with an emphasis in piano performance from Chong Shin University in Seoul and an M.M. degree in organ performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University.  Continuing his studies at Louisiana State University, Paul received his D. M. A. in organ performance. In addition those degrees, he holds an honorary graduate certificate in sacred music from the University of Iowa.  His principal teachers of organ include Herndon Spillman, Delbert Disselhorst, Roy Johnson, and Robert Reeves. He studied choral conducting under Kenneth Jennings, and composition under Dinos Constantinides.

Dr. Lee’s performance experience is broad and diverse, ranging from solo performances and chamber music to large instrumental ensembles.  He has given multiple performances in numerous venues in the United States, England, Canada, Netherlands, and South Korea.  

He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, East Texas Chapter. 

Paul’s favorite bible verse is “The people I formed for myself that they proclaim my praise” (Isaiah 43:21).  He has been married to his wife Christine for 37 years and has two sons, James and Michael. 

Laurie Bruce
Carilion Handbell Director
Spring Semester 

Barbara Maki
Chamber Bells Director

 

Janet Read
Carilion Handbell Director 
Fall Semester

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