Jim Walsmith, Organist-Choirmaster

A native of Indiana, Jim started playing the organ for church services when he was 15. While still in high school, he started organ study at Ball State University, where he went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in organ performance. From there, he studied organ with Wilma Jensen at Scarritt College in Nashville, where he received the master of sacred music degree. He also completed the master of applied psychology in the University of Arkansas system.

Jim is a fine arts teacher in Shelby County Schools, teaching piano at Colonial Middle School where students audition for spots in the Creative and Performing Arts optional programs. 

Jim has served as organist and choirmaster for United Methodist and Episcopal congregations in Indiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee. While living in Arkansas, he served as executive director of a statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization and as communications director for the Department of Arkansas Heritage, in addition to full- and part-time church music ministry.

As a church musician, he has organized pilgrimages to England, Scotland and Ireland in which his choirs have led worship in parish churches and cathedrals. Jim is a diaconal minister in the United Methodist Church.

In his spare time, Jim enjoys working in his yard, exploring local history, and genealogy. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Royal School of Church Music.

To contact Jim, please email him at jim [at] holyapostlestn [dot] net, or call the church office at (901) 937-3830.