• SEBASTIAN SERRANO

    DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND WORSHIP ARTS


    What I like most about OHFUMC: I love the warmth of our community and congregation. Everyone is incredibly friendly and supportive of each others spiritual and personal life.


    Family: My sister Jennifer and I grew up in a family of missionaries. My parents, Ismael and Rocio, served in the remote areas of the central-northern region of Colombia. My father is currently a Professor of Theology at the Adventist University of Colombia.


    Education: My career as a musician started at a very early age, and church became the first space for me to make music as a soloist singer and accompanist for the liturgy. During my teen years I continued formal lessons in Saxophone and Music Theory and self-explored multiple instruments, including the guitar and piano. All this moved me to pursue music after high school, so I went on to complete a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at the Adventist University of Colombia, and graduate degrees at the Adventist University of the Philippines (MA), Andrews University (MM), and the University of Cincinnati (DMA).


    Favorite book, movie, or TV show: Some of my favorite movies are August Rush, Life is Beautiful, and The Legend of 1900, all with beautiful music of course. I love reading about the abstract science of music, especially when the publication is written by a composer or compiled by a critic. Inspirational books are also appealing to me. For instance, Who Moved My Cheese? made a huge impact in my life as a teenager.


    If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I have yet to visit Austria! I'd like to see all the musical history in that region. Also, I'd love to travel to less visited places like Tuvalu, Dominica, Liechtenstein, and Iran.


     sebastian@oakharborfumc.org


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