Kipp Cortez

Full name: 

Kipp Cortez


What you prefer to be called:



Job Title:

Director of Music Ministries, Organist/Pianist


When did you start at First UMC:

August 2018


What are the main things you do at FUMC:

All things musical. I lead hymns and offer pieces mostly at the organ (sometimes at the piano) to enhance our worship. I also work with our adult choir in preparing them to sing special pieces for our services.


Who are the key volunteers that you work with on a regular basis:

Primarily, the Adult Choir. But, when we sing hymns, we are all working together!work with the Chancel Choir members.


Tell us about your family:

I grew up in the Chicagoland area in a home filled with art and music. My parents are artists who have worked in various creative roles for zoos, aquariums, museums, and schools. My younger brother, Carlos, is a welder and car and motorcycle mechanic. Our parents always saw to it that Carlos and I were able to pursue the things we love.


If someone wanted to start a conversation with you that would immediately get your interest, what would some of the topics be:

Music is an obvious good start. Other cool things to talk about would be:

-Food. What do you eat? What do you like to cook? 
-Star Wars. Enough said. 
-Batman movies, especially The Dark Knight trilogy. 
-Cats, big and small, and cat videos.

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