Music Ministry

Kelley Hart

Music Director

Kelley Hart is a San Diego-based musician and educator. Hailing from Southwest Missouri, Kelley was the Director of Music at the First Christian Church in Mt. Vernon, MO, as well as the Associate Director of Music at Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin, TX.

Kelley has been trained as a singer, pianist, flautist, and choral conductor. She holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO, as well as an Associate Degree in Mathematics. She is a frequent soloist for oratorio and concert performances, as well as chamber music recitals. Among the various stage roles she has performed, some of her favorites are Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea; the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Despina in Così fan tutte, Della in Dan Wagner’s Gift of the Magi, and Eve in Bock & Harnick’s musical The Apple Tree.

In addition to performing, Kelley is dedicated to teaching music and has been educating students for over 20 years. She is currently the director of lower school strings and orchestra at La Jolla Country Day School. She previously served on the voice faculty of the University of San Diego, The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. She also taught music at the Christ Church Day School in Coronado. In addition, Kelley has been music director for several youth musical theater performances including Les Misérables with ACT in San Diego.

Kelley is the co-founder and associate director of Opera NEO, a summer opera festival and young artist training program based at the Palisades Presbyterian Church. Opera NEO brings talented young opera singers from all around the country to learn and perform opera in San Diego.

Kelley has been the Music Director at Palisades Presbyterian Church since January of 2011.

The Palisades Presbyterian Church Music Ministry team works together to support weekly worship with diverse styles of music. The choir and praise band volunteer their time and talents, dedicating joyful hours preparing and rehearsing to offer their best. I thank them all for their dedication to the music ministry and for being wonderful friends and colleagues to make music to God’s glory!

With a deep well of “in-house” talent, our musicians present special presentations throughout the year – including the Advent Hanging of the Greens program, the Christmas Choral Presentation, and an annual Holy Week Choral Presentation. We often welcome guest musicians including Barbara Welsh-Osga on oboe and English horn, Carol Pelkner on marimba, the Chancel Chimes ringing quartet, the sublime signing choir, Love in Motion, and offerings by Opera NEO artists throughout the year, with special operatic events including an Aria Marathon in July.

We have a wonderful musical life at Palisades. I invite you to consider making music with us. Joining the choir is a great way to make new friends and participate in worship in a very meaningful way.

As always, it is my prayer that God will be glorified and that His people will be touched through music, as we give back to Him the gifts He has given us. Thank you for this opportunity to serve.

Blessings and Love,
Kelley Hart
Music Director

The Palisades Presbyterian Church Music Ministry team works together to support weekly worship with diverse styles of music. The choir and praise band volunteer their time and talents, dedicating joyful hours preparing and rehearsing to offer their best. I thank them all for their dedication to the music ministry and for being wonderful friends and colleagues to make music to God’s glory!

With a deep well of “in-house” talent, our musicians present special presentations throughout the year – including the Advent Hanging of the Greens program, the Christmas Choral Presentation, and an annual Holy Week Choral Presentation. We often welcome guest musicians including Barbara Welsh-Osga on oboe and English horn, Carol Pelkner on marimba, the Chancel Chimes ringing quartet, the sublime signing choir, Love in Motion, and offerings by Opera NEO artists throughout the year, with special operatic events including an Aria Marathon in July.

We have a wonderful musical life at Palisades. I invite you to consider making music with us. Joining the choir is a great way to make new friends and participate in worship in a very meaningful way.

As always, it is my prayer that God will be glorified and that His people will be touched through music, as we give back to Him the gifts He has given us. Thank you for this opportunity to serve.

Blessings and Love,
Kelley Hart
Music Director

Chelsea Paguio

Organist, Praise Band Leader

Chelsea Paguio is an Orange County native who grew up in the world of church music and worship.

She went on to attend Seattle Pacific University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance, with a minor in Entrepreneurship.  Upon graduating in 2012, she moved to San Diego where she met her husband, Jarel, and began working as a music educator and church musician.  Chelsea received her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in 2019 and currently serves as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Point Loma Nazarene University.  She has been serving as a musician at Palisades since 2013.

Our Praise Band

Palisades is blessed to have a strong Praise Band fostering a special spirit in weekly worship. Using praise music from all generations, up to today’s newest material, the members of the band express the heart and soul of our faith with the talents of Chelsea Kerr Paguio (Organist, Pianist, Praise Band Leader), Erica Johnson (lead vocals), Makenna Billingsly (vocals), Alexis McDaniel (vocals), Eric Abegglen (percussion), Wells Lyman (guitar), Glenn Osga (keyboard), Steve Parker (bass guitar, clarinet, organ).

In The Loft

In the Loft is a regular column highlighting a member of the Choir or Praise Band featured in our Covenanter newsletter. We have a wonderful music program at Palisades and invite you to join on Thursday nights at 6:30pm, with Sunday rehearsal at 8:30am before worship. If you want more information about the music program, the Music Director, Kelley Hart, would love to hear from you.