Clark Kelly

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Music has been an important part of this church since the founding, and thanks to Clark, it has been absolutely beautiful since he joined the staff in 1981. He is an experienced choral director of singers of all ages and talents. He previously supervised music programs for Presbyterian Churches in Little Rock and Hot Springs, Arkansas, as well as in Rochester, New York.

Clark also has a wealth of concert experience on organ, piano, harpsichord and clarinet. He received his Master of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and his Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria, studying with the great organist and composer Anton Heiller. Having served 25 years on the University of Oklahoma faculty, Clark is Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Organ and Church Music.

At First Presbyterian, Clark oversees a vibrant musical program, which includes children’s choir, youth choir, youth instrumental ensemble, and handbell choir. He directs the Chancel Choir and is organist for all services. Clark welcomes hearing from members interested in joining one of the musical groups.

Clark particularly enjoys designing worship so that the Word and music complement one another. His hope is that it lifts our spirits when hymns, responses, and anthems come together with scriptures and sermon. Worshippers can leave each service with a clear theme to reflect upon and share with others.

He cherishes time with his wife, Linda, and their children. Some of his special interests are genealogy, photography, long walks, and hikes in the Rocky Mountains.