School of Fine Arts


In a city that is known for its artistic expression and cultural diversity, it is our mission to develop the unique God-given talents of children and adults to their fullest potential for service in ministry, their profession, or simply for personal enjoyment.

"Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy"
— Psalm 33:3

Open to both church members and the public, SoFA draws upon Houston’s First’s foundation of exceptional music, dynamic programming, and a constant pursuit of excellence within a warm and welcoming environment. Contact us at 713.957.5889.

It is our privilege to provide high-quality training in:

  • Piano
  • Strings
  • Dance
  • Guitar
  • Woodwinds
  • Photography
  • Voice
  • Brass
  • Graphic Design

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Important Dates

  • Jan 7 — Beginning of Spring Semester
  • Mar 11–16 — Spring Break (No Lessons)
  • Apr 19 — Good Friday (No Lessons)
  • May 17 & 18 — Student Recitals (Chapel)
  • May 20–25 — Make-Up Week
  • June 4 — Beginning of Summer Semester
  • Aug 19 — Beginning of Fall Semester

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Why Study at SoFA?

  • State of the art teaching studio/practice rooms designed by an acoustic engineer
  • Outstanding faculty who are all active in performance
  • Inside a safe, beautiful building with year round climate control and security
  • Closed circuit cameras in each room monitored by the administrator and security officers
  • 2 faculty concerts and 2 student recitals each year
  • Convenient hours from 9am to 8pm
  • Reception area for waiting parents and students with snacks, water, coffee and tea available
  • Homework station for waiting students
  • Centrally located with easy access at I-10 and 610 loop

Supporting the School

The School of Fine Arts Scholarship Fund directly benefits students in need of financial assistance. Over the course of SoFA’s existence we have given out over $20,000 in scholarship to students who otherwise could not have taken lessons. Each semester our Scholarship Committee meets and prayerfully considers the needs of our students and awards resources accordingly. Please consider how you might contribute to this program.

Contact us if you are interested in investing in the lives of young musicians by supporting the School of Fine Arts Scholarship Fund, or visit the Musician’s Fund page to learn more about the legacy of Gerald and Trevelyn Ray and how it is impacting our future musicians.


The School of Fine Arts is located in the Rehearsal Hall (Level 2) at 7401 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024.

Meet Our Staff

School of Fine Arts
Mervin Machuca

Mervin Machuca

Director of the School of Fine Arts and Worship Associate
Mervin Machuca

Mervin Machuca

Director of the School of Fine Arts and Worship Associate