Music at GPC


 Nathan Maurer photosmall Nathan Maurer is our Director of Music. He directs our Spirit Pulse Praise Band and the Chancel Choir.  Nathan was born and raised in Santa Barbara and has been working here in town and abroad as a pianist since he was 16. He previously worked as the church pianist for both the Santa Barbara Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Community of Christ Church.Nathan relocated to LA in 2009 when he accepted a position as the staff accompanist/vocal coach for the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, and he was subsequently offered an adjunct position at UCLA as well.In 2012, he moved to Austria to continue his studies, and moved back to Santa Barbara in January 2014. Nathan says it is really great to be back in his hometown, and that being so warmly welcomed by everyone at Goleta Presbyterian is a big part of that!
Our PRAISE BAND – the Spirit Pulse Band plays in the Sunday worship service on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, as well as for special occasions. On the Sundays when the band plays, they begin playing at 920am, ten minutes before the worship service formally begins. The band rehearses every Thursday evening at 6pm. musicians-154224_640
 Our CHANCEL CHOIR sings in the Sunday worship service, offering a mix of music that emphasizes traditional hymn/anthem forms but also stirs-in rhythmic spirituals and other occasional surprises. Anyone who has an interest in singing or wants to possibly “discover their voice” is encouraged to join our choir. We rehearse Thursday evenings at 730pm.  
 The Villa Music and Arts Program is an extraordinary annual week-long summer program where children develop skills in music, theatrical performance, and stagecraft, under the guidance of experienced and talented teachers. Click here for details about the program.  Almost ready to perform2012
 Notable Musical Figures among GPC “Alumni”
  eduardo_villaEduardo Villa, operatic tenor Eduardo Villa, a “native” of Goleta Presbyterian Church and the founder of GPC’s Eduardo Villa Performing Arts Camp,  is one of the few American-born tenors enjoying a successful international more about Eduardo benallawayBen Allaway, another Goleta Presbyterian Church “native,” has gone on to become a widely acclaimed composer of choral and instrumental music. His music has been featured on programs with such  diverse luminaries as Garrison Keillor and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Maya  Angelou and Hal Holbrook, Simon Estes, Odetta, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Thomas  Friedman, Hillary Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Norman more about Ben