Music

Music

Music Staff

Ben Luedcke

Ben Luedcke

Minister of Music

Ben Luedcke is the choir director at Seattle First Baptist Church in downtown Seattle and was recently promoted as the new Minister of Music. In addition to directing the choir, Ben coordinates special music and congregational singing, as well as organizes outsides collaborations and musical outreach.  He is currently finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at University of Washington, studying with Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers, and he has held teaching positions in the choral, musicology, and English departments.  Ben was recently appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Bellevue Chamber Chorus. 

Before moving to Washington, Ben was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Monmouth College and also served as faculty at Grinnell College.  Ben is known in Madison, Wisconsin for several of his startup organizations: he was the co-founder and director of Voces Aestatis, a Wisconsin-based professional choir that specialized in the a cappella repertoire of the sixteenth century. Likewise, Ben was the founder and artistic director of Madison Summer Choir, a community chorus that performed large orchestral works.  Ben completed his Masters of Arts in choral conducting at the University of Iowa where he studied with Dr. Timothy Stalter, and he holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He lives in Seattle with his wife, Vanessa, and their two dogs, Luthor and Oona.

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Una Hwang

Una Hwang

Organist

Una Hwang is an organist, pianist, teacher and church musician, and performs on both instruments as a solo and collaborative musician.  She loves making music with others and her collaborative activities range from supporting student soloists and ensembles, to performing in recitals with other professionals.
Una is fortunate to have studied and been coached at the organ by Mel Butler, David Dahl, Dana Robinson and others in Seattle and Tacoma. She began her organ study in Maryland with Dale Krider.  She is fortunate to have had equally wonderful teachers at the piano; Wha-Kyung Byun at New England Conservatory of Music was the most influential.
She’s served on the board of the Tacoma chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and as sub-dean in charge of coordinating chapter programs. Before coming to Seattle First Baptist Church, she was organist/pianist at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Seattle and organist/pianist and choir director at First Lutheran Church in Tacoma.

Una also has a background in the astrophysical sciences and worked full time in research before moving to Washington state in 2012, and beginning her professional life in music. She lives in Tacoma where she maintains a private piano studio.  When not working or learning, she enjoys her family (both human and animal) and her home.

Music at SFBC

Music is an essential component of life at Seattle First Baptist. With a thriving choir, seasonal concerts, and guest musicians regularly blessing our space with their talents and songs, we are excited to welcome you into our musical experiences.

For over a century, SFBC has valued and prioritized music in our community. The music we sing together helps define who we are, what we value, and how we reflect that in our time together.

How do I join the choir?

Our choir is open to all, and anyone can join at any time.  You do not need to know how to read music, and we invite all who love to sing.  We meet Sunday mornings typically at 10:20am as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm, with a break in August.  Please contact our Music Minister, Ben Luedcke, at for more information.

Enjoy this selection of various music from our choir and musicians.

All music in our videos used by permission and under Worship Cast License #7742

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