Music Leaders


Meet Our Music Ministry Leaders

Northminster is so fortunate to have dedicated and skilled leaders in its music ministries! Almost all of our music leaders became involved in church music as children.

Dusty Johnson, Director of Music

Dusty joined the music staff as choir director in 1977. Prior to her appointment at Northminster, she served as director of music for ten years at another Tucson church. For 14 of her years at NPC, she served together as a team with her late husband, Roy Johnson, organist, until his death in 1995. She is retired from an administrative position at the University of Arizona.

John Brobeck, Organist, Assistant Director of Music and Director, Men’s Choir

John joined our music staff in 1995. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, he served as organist/choirmaster for several churches while at Westminster. He continued this work while completing a Ph.D. in the history and theory of music from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the University of Arizona music faculty in 1988 and teaches and coordinates the musicology program. John also directs the Men’s Choir.

Julia Higgins, Contemporary Worship Service Director

Julia originally joined the NPC music staff as director of Choraliers and SonLife Singers. Julia is currently Music Director for the 8:00am contemporary service and the 11:00am Kaleidoscope service. She holds a degree in music education from the University of Arizona and teaches music and choir in the Catalina Foothills School District. She sings professionally with the Grammy-nominated choir, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, and is also an Associate Conductor for the Tucson Girls Chorus.

Gloria Day, Director, Choraliers

Information coming soon!

Arlene Sturm, Director, Steeple Bells

Arlene grew up singing in the choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, New York. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in music from the Crane School, SUNY and taught public school music on Long Island for 24 years and then for five years in Tucson. Church music has always been a part of her life and she brings that commitment to her musical roles in choir and handbells at Northminster.