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Spring 2021

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Our mission at the School of Fine Arts is to develop and educate our Houston’s First family and community to help realize their fullest potential for service in ministry at their local church.

We accomplish excellence in musical education through private lessons, group classes, and performance events throughout the year. Our teachers are some of the most qualified in the surrounding Houston area. All are welcome to take lessons, inside and outside the church.

We also seek to assist students financially who would not otherwise be able to pursue artistic education. We do this through a scholarship fund that is graciously supported by church members.

We are continually expanding and pursuing excellence as we seek to inspire the same in others.

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Important Dates

  • June 7: Summer 2021 Semester Begins
  • July 5 – SoFA Closed (Holiday)
  • Aug 8: Last Day (Summer Semester)
  • Aug 16: Fall 2021 Semester Begins
  • Sep 6: SoFA Closed (Holiday)
  • Nov 22 – 27: SoFA Closed (Thanksgiving Break)
  • Nov 29 – December 3: SoFA Make-Up Week
  • Dec 3: Last Day (Fall Semester)
  • Dec 4 – January 9: Winter Break
  • Jan 10: Spring 2022 Semester Begins

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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