John is a conductor, pianist, stage director and composer and has served as Director of Music and Worship at FUMC-Denton since July, 2001. He is the conductor of the congregation’s Chancel Choir, Chamber Singers and Men’s Ensemble. He holds degrees in music and German from Texas Tech and Indiana University. He also did post-graduate work at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Germany as a stipend recipient of the German Academic Exchange Service. John made his European conducting debut with the Harlem Opera Ensemble in 1985 in Switzerland followed by performances throughout Europe, including appearances in Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Brussels, Monte Carlo and Lyons. Between 1988 and 1996 John worked in the opera houses of Germany conducting and stage directing a broad repertoire of opera, musicals and ballet. Returning to the United States, John served as arranger, music director, producer and musician in several theaters in Branson, Missouri, including work with Bobby Vinton and Japanese violinist Shoji Tabuchi. John has composed several major choral works including Passion–Seven Lasting Words, Hodie, Lux Aeterna and Gloria as well as Grace, Love and Dirty Socks, a children’s sacred theater piece written in collaboration with his wife, Jean Wilkinson Priddy. His full-length musical Dreams premiered in Germany in 2006. His conducting credits include performances with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, The Abilene Philharmonic, the Lubbock Symphony and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. An active arranger, his works have been performed by several US orchestras as well as ensembles within the University of North Texas.