Director of Music

royDIRECTOR OF MUSIC ROY DANIELS
Roy Daniels, Music Director of First Presbyterian Church, has lived an exciting life. Roy was raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He obtained bachelors degrees at the University of Oklahoma in music education, in bassoon, and in organ. He obtained a masters degree in organ performance, also from the University of Oklahoma. In military service, Roy taught at the Navy School of Music and played in the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
 
Roy then followed his culinary heart into the restaurant business. He served as banquet manager for Hyatt’s Arizona operation. He opened three hotels in San Diego. He was co-owner of a cabaret in San Francisco. He obtained an associate degree from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, and a Diplome de Cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.
 
Roy played bassoon in various symphony orchestras as he moved from city to city. He then became involved in the music programs of churches wherever he lived. Roy has presented organ recitals in Westminster Abbey in London, performed an organ recital after vespers at Notre Dame in Paris, as well as given recitals throughout England and Wales. His choir from St. Michael’s church even performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Roy is a member of the American Guild of Organists (and past president of his local chapter), the Association of Anglican Musicians, the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, and the Royal School of Church Musicians.
Roy served as the organist at the Paradise Valley Methodist Church in Arizona for ten years, served as organist/choir director at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in San Diego for another ten years, and served as organist/director of music at St. Michael’s by-the-sea Episcopal Church in California for 17 years, which he left to join us in Corpus Christi. At St. Michael’s, a church of 900 members, Roy directed 5 separate choirs (including children and handbells), with three services (one of which was for hymns only), as well as directing a Concert Series and other special programs. Roy also provides a recording service for musical performances, producing a professionally mastered CD with full graphics, using his own equipment.
 
You are invited to put a song in your heart under Roy’s guidance by joining our Chancel Choir, which rehearses Wednesday evenings at our church; your children can learn about music in our Children’s Choir; and you can make “a joyful noise unto the Lord” with our Handbell Choir. You will be glad you did.