Music Staff

Worship Leader-10:45AM

Hailing from Brasilia, Brazil, Marcelo began his musical studies as a teenager in Brazil, initially focusing on classical and popular music.In 2004 he received the Louis Armstrong award for “Outstanding Musical Achievement” and an “Incredible Dedication to the Program” for his work in the Miami Killian Concert Jazz Band.From 2004­-2007 he attended the University of Miami’s jazz performance program, and he received his Bachelor’s degree from FIU in 2013. He has since begun working on his Master’s in the FIU Jazz performance program.  An active performer in South Florida for over a decade, Marcelo has played locally as a solo performer, as well as in in corporate bands, Brazilian music ensembles, and contemporary christian worship groups.  Marcelo has been a musical/guitar instructor for the past 7 years, has his own private teaching studio and has taught at popular music studios in the greater Miami area. He is also professionally involved in recording and arranging.  
 
After having played contemporary christian music in a church worship band for close to two years, a synchronicity of events has led me to now be in a position I could’ve hardly conceived.  I feel thrilled, grateful to be given the privilege of being worship leader for the FUMC Contemporary Music Worship Service .

Director of Music- 9:30AM

Tim Lester, Director of Music, is the Performing Arts Chairperson and Choral Director at Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay. Prior to joining the faculty at Palmer Trinity, he was Magnet Teacher of Chorus and Piano at South Dade Senior High School from 2006 to 2011. Tim was the also chairperson of the vocal and choral division at Miami-Dade College’s Kendall and Hialeah campuses for over ten years.

Originally from Virginia, he attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music, The University of Maryland, and Florida International University. Tim holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in vocal performance. He has conducted choral groups both locally and nationally, including taking his school choirs on three separate occasions to Carnegie Hall in New York (most recently in February 2016). He was also a featured soloist with the New World Symphony in the world premiere of Villa-Lobos’ Choros No. 10 in 2001 and “A Night at the Opera” at Miami Beach’s Lincoln Theatre in 2000.

The son of a retired minister, Mr. Lester has been working with church choirs for nearly forty years. He has directed music for many different denominations. Most recently he was at St. Thomas Episcopal Parish for three years. He is delighted to return to First United Methodist of Homestead, where he served from 2008-2013. As a baritone soloist, he has also sung for Temple Beth Am, Temple Bet Shira, and Aventura Turnberry Synagogue.