Staff

Interim Director of Music Ministries

Perry "PJ" Uhazie

Michigan-born conductor and baritone PJ Uhazie has had the privilege of performing opera, oratorio, musical theater, and choral music throughout the Midwest.

As a conductor and music educator, PJ is grateful to have led ensembles to success on both the concert and theatrical stage. As a public school teacher, Uhazie’s ensembles have received awards for both their arts advocacy and musical excellence, including the 2020 national gold medal for community engagement through Music for All’s Arts in Advocacy program and perfect scores at state festivals. In 2020, PJ was also awarded “Best Musical Direction of a Musical” through the Wisconsin Jerry Awards for Mukwonago High School’s production of Hello Dolly! PJ’s ensembles were also thankful to have performed the 2019 American premier of Howard Skempton’s “Alice is One.”

PJ currently teaches at Mukwonago High School where he teaches 4 curricular choirs, a show choir, individual voice lessons, and 3 extra-curricular ensembles. PJ is taking on a new role as our Interim Director of Music Ministries. His face is familiar as he has worked here at First Church since 2014, as the Director of Bass Clef, a music intern, and most recently the Interim Assistant to the Director of Music Ministries.

PJ graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music in 2017 where he received his undergraduate degree in music education and a minor in Vocal Pedagogy. In 2018, the university chose Uhazie as the recipient for the Pi Kappa Lambda award for excellence in music education.

When not working with musicians, PJ likes to camp, hike, make his own cold brew coffee, spend time with his family and friends, listen to true crime podcasts, and volunteer for his community. He is grateful to be able to give back to his FUMC family and serve them in this time of transition.

 
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