With open minds and caring hearts, the staff of Eugene FUMC is here to help.

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Our People

 

Children and Youth Programs

 

Kay Graham - Children & Family Ministry

 

Sarah Wagner - Children & Family Ministry

 

 

Sydney Platsman - Youth Leader

 

Wendy Purdy - Youth Leader

 

Maria Betancourt - Child Care

 

Music Team 

 

Julia Brown - Music Director & Organist

Julia Brown was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and grew up in Campinas, in São Paulo State. She graduated from Unicamp State University with a degree in piano performance, then received a scholarship from the Brazilian government to study organ at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. After earning a Master's degree and Doctorate with Wolfgang Rübsam, she returned to Brazil, between 1996 and 1999, where she was president of the Brazilian Association of Organists. She helped organize the Fifth Convention of Latin American Organists, the Third Festival of Sacred Music in São Paulo, and began a concert series on the historic Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Campinas.

Brown has performed in North and South America, as well as in Europe, and has played at the Oregon Bach Festival, the International Organ Festival in Uruguay, and the 2008 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Brown has attended master classes in many locations to further her interest in historical performance practice. She also plays harpsichord, with the early music ensemble Cascade Consort, which she co-founded.

Julia Brown has recorded a number of CDs for the Amadis, Paulus and Naxos labels, notably including works by Buxtehude, Scheidemann and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.

Paul Rudoi - Interim Choir Director

Deemed “indesputably unique, confident, and innovative” through the American Prize, Paul John Rudoi’s award-winning compositions have been commissioned and performed by various ensembles and artists throughout North America and Europe, including Orphei Dränger, the Vancouver Chamber Singers, the British Trombone Society, Cantus, and the National Lutheran Choir. His work has garnered numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, the ACF, MRAC, MSAB, the NEA, and ASCAP. His music is published through PJR Music alongside Graphite, Santa Barbara, Walton, Morningstar, and ECS music publishers.

As a professional tenor vocalist, Paul has performed and recorded a wide range of music as a member of the full-time vocal ensemble Cantus.  From 2008 to 2016, he premiered dozens of new works for male chorus, traveled on four continents, and advocated for arts education and empowerment through education outreach opportunities nationwide.

Paul has performed and recorded a wide range of music as a member of the full-time vocal ensemble Cantus.  He holds a degree in vocal performance from the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut, and is currently studying choral conducting at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

His teachers have included Sharon Paul, Robert Kyr, Libby Larsen, Mary Ellen Childs, Edward Bolkovac, and Tyler Flanders. 

Shira Fadeley - Handbell Director

Shira Fadeley is an elementary music teacher in Eugene.  She currently serves as volunteer manager of the Oregon Brass Society (Oregon’s only British-style brass band), and on the Eugene Symphony’s Education Committee.  She leads handbell choirs here at First United Methodist Church in Eugene, and is Director Emeritus of the Salem FUMC Bell Choirs.  She serves as a clinician for handbell events, and has commissioned and collaborated on several new pieces for handbell ensemble including a cycle of pieces with didjeridu solo.  One of those pieces was premiered in 2011 at our church district's Annual Conference.

A native Eugenean, Shira holds Journalism and Music degrees from the University of Oregon, and studied wind conducting with Robert Ponto.  Shira performs regularly on the trombone, and is a founding member of the Cascade Slides Quartet.  She taught band for more than two decades in the Eugene and Salem-Keizer school districts, and is never happier than when she is making music with friends.  She is currently a member of the Eugene Symphony Chorus and the Eugene Concert Choir.

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Administrative Staff

 

Ron Hallmark - Office Manager

Jan Sears - Financial Secretary

Thomas Motsch - Maintenance Supervisor   

Benedicto Penaloza - Custodian 

Colin Paddock - Custodian

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