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.
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.
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.