Director of Music, Worship & Arts and Organist
John Hutchinson is a native of New Mexico and West Texas having been raised in a
parsonage household by United Methodist parents. His father, Bishop William W. Hutchinson
served as the resident Bishop of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church from
2000 until 2012. His mother, Kay A. Hutchinson is a skilled musician both as performer and
John began studying piano in elementary school and began his study of organ while in
junior high school. He made the decision to continue his organ study as his primary focus
through college and upon graduation from high school, entered Texas Christian University in
Fort Worth, Texas on a Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship, the university’s premiere performance
At TCU, John was an organ student of Emmet G. Smith, a voice student of Vincent B.
Russo, and a conducting student of Ronald Shirey. He served as Assistant to the University
Organist, and featured accompanist for the university choirs. During his time at TCU, John
served as the first TCU-Church Music Intern at the St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, made his
New York City debut as organ soloist at the Park Avenue Christian Church, and was named as an
alternate for a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Germany. Upon graduating in 1991, he had
earned both Bachelor and Master’s degrees in music performance.
Professionally, John has served as Director of Music, Arts and Organist for United
Methodist churches in New Mexico, Texas, Missouri and Louisiana. He currently serves as
Director of Music, Worship & Arts and Organist at Cumming First United Methodist Church,
Cumming GA. John also teaches as adjunct music faculty at the University of North Georgia.
John is active in the Cumming-Forsyth community, having built a reputation as a fine arts
organizer and advocate through his work creating and directing the Cumming FUMC Festival of
Arts, one of the largest fine arts festivals in North Georgia. He works closely with the fine arts
departments of the Forsyth County School System and frequently serves as musical director for
various high school productions. He is active as a concert artist, choral and organ clinician,
choral adjudicator, fine art adjudicator and organ and church music consultant. Since 1991, he
has maintained a private studio of organ, voice and conducting students. He is an avid movie
buff and loves popular music from the 1900’s – 1940’s. He is also an amateur theater organist
and is a featured organist at the annual Plaza Film Festival in El Paso, Texas.
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