conductor and critically-acclaimed pianist, Eldred leads First United Methodist
Garland's efforts to cultivate Christian community in Garland and the
surrounding area through music and fine arts.
includes producing the West Avenue B Community Concerts - featuring Eldred and
guest artists from around the area and around the world - and other musical and
artistic collaboration with the greater Garland community.
also serves as organist and accompanist for the Chancel Choir and Pure Joy!
Youth Choir, and assists with the day-to-day workings of the Music
addition to his role at First United Methodist Garland, Eldred serves as
Artistic and Music Director for Opera Diversità, an opera company based in
Dallas-Fort Worth, and Music Director for the Next Gen Chamber Players of
holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in Piano Performance from the
University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton and three Masters of Music degrees -
in Piano, Organ and Orchestral Conducting - from Southern Methodist University
(SMU). He also holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Yale
has performed in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, the
Ukraine, the Republic of San Marino and the People's Republic of China as well
as throughout the United States.
has conducted the Ukrainian State Academic Orchestra and Kharkov Youth Symphony
in the Ukraine; the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra and Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra
in Bulgaria; and Filharmonica Oltenia di Craiova and the Constanta "Black
Sea" Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania.
has also served as conductor for the Children's Opera Division of the Riverside
Opera Institute in California; assistant conductor for the Meadows Symphony
Orchestra at SMU and the Opera dell'arte Ensemble in New York City; and has
collaborated with the UNT Symphony Orchestra.