Director of Music and Organist
Norman Goad is the Director of Music/ Organist at First Pres. He's been on staff since 2004. He and his wife, Diana, have a Schnauzer and lots of cats! Norman has served as a church musician for 40 years serving many churches in many denominations and has culled the best things from those experiences. He brings that cumulative experience to First Pres. Norman loves the Christ-centered, scripture-based teaching, preaching and singing at First Pres. His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6-7.
At age five, Norman began piano studies with his mother, Doris. At age 14 he began studying pipe organ playing and continued organ study through high school.
He attended Texas Tech University, studying organ with Dr. Judson Maynard and choral conducting with Gene Kenny and Dr. Donald Bailey. He received his Bachelor of Music in organ performance in 1982. Having married Diana House of Amarillo in 1981, the couple traveled to Brazil working the entire year of 1982 and doing missionary work. They helped career Baptist missionaries establish churches and develop church music programs in the interior of the country along the Trans-Amazonic Highway. They both learned to speak Portuguese fluently. Upon their return to the USA, Norman began work on a Masters Degree in organ performance, which he received in 1986, once again from Texas Tech.
In 1986, Norman won the First Prize, Graduate Division in the Wm. C. Hall Pipe Organ Playing Competition in San Antonio, TX, a state-wide contest involving students from all the major universities. Since winning the competition, Norman has served as Organist or Organist/Choirmaster in all of the Protestant denominations. He is currently Director of Music/Organist of First Presbyterian Church, Amarillo.
For 25 years he has owned N.E.G. Keyboard Services, a company that tunes and repairs 50 pipe organs valued at 27 million dollars in the Texas Panhandle, Lubbock, the South Plains, and Eastern New Mexico. He is the curator of the world-famous instrument at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Amarillo. N.E.G.K.S. also does system upgrades on pipe organs, restores pump organs, and does pipe organ water-damage / fire damage restoration. The N.E.G.K.S. shop is equipped for heavy commercial woodworking and metal-working applications.
In their spare time he and Diana enjoy vacationing in the Rockies hiking, biking, horse-back riding and doing home improvement projects. Norman also enjoys photography, electronics, international travels and woodworking. His wife, Diana, is a private violin teacher and orchestra/string specialist for AISD.