What makes our Music Ministry special?
 
Our Staff

Dr. S. Russell Floyd, Minister of Music     
rfloyd@fpchhi.org 

Rusty Floyd Rusty Floyd is the minister of music at FPC, with a diverse range of musical experiences.  Originally from Lake City, SC, he received his Ph.D. in clarinet, music theory and music history from Michigan State University; his Masters’ degree in church music from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY; and his Bachelor of Music in music theory from Furman University, Greenville, SC.  From 1980-1983 he was Assistant Professor of Music at Olivet College where he taught clarinet and music theory.  From 1985-1999 he was Associate Professor of Music at Hope College, Holland, MI, where he taught clarinet, music theory, and conducted the Hope College Wind Ensemble.  He was conductor of the West Shore Youth Symphony, Muskegon, MI, from 1985-1989 and conductor of the Holland Area Youth Orchestra from 1992-1998.  While in Michigan he performed with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, West Shore, Jackson, and Adrian symphonies and was a frequent recitalist in the West Michigan area.  He has been a participant in the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck since 1994. On Hilton Head Island he is the co-principal clarinetist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.

As Minister of Music at FPC, Rusty directs the Sanctuary Choir, and the New Voices choir. He oversees presentations of sacred cantatas, coordinates the children’s, youth and handbell choirs, as well as special music for all services and is the director of the Presbyterian Musical Theatre.  He is the music director for the annual community-wide performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at FPC during the Christmas season.

Rusty’s wife, Laura, is the daughter of music missionaries and was raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  She is an accomplished soprano and voice instructor and has appeared with numerous symphonies and operatic groups.  Laura and Rusty have a beautiful daughter, Samantha LeeAnne.
 
Lavon Stevens, CrossRoads Music & Worship Director
loveon@hargray.com
 

Lavon Stevens has been an integral part of the CrossRoads worship service and the CrossRoads band for the last few years, bringing with him a wealth of talent and experience in spiritual music. A native of Savannah, Ga., Lavon began singing and playing piano at the age of 7. He began performing in local groups across the Southeast at the age of 13. His first instrument was the violin. He later studied voice and piano at Dekalb College in Atlanta, Ga. from 1979 to 1983. Lavon was music director at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church for many years.

He has traveled and performed all over the country including Aspen, Co., Atlanta, Ga. and Orlando, Fla. The resort vacation destination of Hilton Head Island, SC has been his home since 1981. Lavon is active in music in Hilton Head, performing at numerous island venues, private parties and fundraisers. He has two sons who often join the CrossRoads band.
 
 
Our Organ
The organ console is one-of-a-kind and the first console of this type built by the company, according to the news release. It has four manuals, 72 ranks — 47 are pipe, and 25 are digital. The organ has also been revoiced, making the full ensemble much cleaner and richer. The Trumpet Enchamade produces a warm tone while still holding the integrity of the stately sound it was intended to create. It is also accompanied by new antiphonal digital voices. The revoicing of the entire instrument combined with the new console has created a cleaner, fuller sound. The new console includes four manuals, 500 lockable memory levels, transposition capability, a record/playback feature and a touch screen.
 
Who knew? There’s a pipe organ database. Here’s our entry:
 
The company who built the console features it on their site.