Music Staff

Brown Bradley - Director of Music & Fine Arts, -

Brown graduated from Furman University, earned his Masters degree in Music from New York University, and did advanced PhD work at NYU and Juiliard School of Music. He studied voice with Oren Brown at Juilliard and coached with Martin Katz, Kenneth Merrill, David Lloyd, and Jane Klaviter. He has written voice articles for The American Music Teacher, The NATS Journal, and The Choral Journal and was voice chairman at The New School in New York City for eight years.

Brown's career includes appearances as tenor soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Studio, The Washington Opera, The Hong Kong Opera, The Little Orchestra Society, The Chamber Soloists of Lincoln Center, The Los Angeles Bach Festival, The New York City Opera, the Robert Shaw Chorale, The Roger Wagner Chorale, and The National Chorale. He has also performed supporting roles in six hit musicals on Broadway. Earlier in Bradley's career, he was tenor soloist with the U.S. Air Force Symphony and Singing Sergeants in Washington, DC, where he also performed as a leading tenor with the Washington Opera. He performed in the Benjamin Britten New York premiere of TheProdigal Sonat Lincoln Center with Metropolitan Opera leading bass, Samuel Ramey. He has received vocal grants from the Metropolitan Opera, the National Opera Institute, and the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation.

Since moving back to South Carolina in 1985 and joining the staff of First Presbyterian, he has performed as tenor soloist with the Charleston Symphony Chamber Orchestra, The Long Bay Symphony, The Florence Symphony and Master Chorale, The St. Michael’s Chorale, and the Bach Chorale of Wilmington, N.C. He has been a soloist at Piccolo Spoleto and has been a SC tour artist. Bradley has taken master classes with organist, John Weaver, John Ferguson, and John Walker. He resides in Myrtle Beach with his wife Mary and being close to their daughter, Ashley, and son Damon. Brown is also the founder/artistic director of the award-winning FPC Concerts, Inc.

Linda Downes - Director of Children, Youth & Handbell Choirs, -

A native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in music education, Linda Downes has been on the staff of First Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach, SC since October 2004. She has brought years of experience, coming from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware, where she served for 28 years as Director of Children, Youth, and Handbell Choirs. In addition, she administrated a very successful mid-week program for young people at the church using the LOGOS model. Linda taught in the public school system as a music educator and was nominated by her school for Delaware's Teacher of the Year.

She currently directs seven choirs at FPC: three graded vocal choirs from 1st grade through high school, and multiple handbell choirs. Linda is also responsible for the music at the Early Sabbath Thursday worship service. In serving at FPC, she feels extremely blessed to be able to combine three of her greatest passions in life: her love of children & youth, the gift of music, and her deep faith in God!

Linda’s husband, Pat, is the organist at First United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach. She values time with her family and enjoys travelling . . . a good thing, since her brother lives in Idaho, her daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons live in Charlotte, NC, and her son has recently moved to Augusta, GA!

Susan Cadwell - Organist, -

A Conway native, Susan graduated from Winthrop College with a degree in Music Education. She taught public school music, grades K-12 in South and North Carolina and Iowa and finished her teaching career at Spann Elementary School in Summerville, SC. Susan taught piano lessons and was music director for several shows at the Summerville Community Theater. For five years, she was accompanist for the Charleston Southern University Concert Choir and for the Singers of Summerville Community Choir.

She has held church jobs everywhere she lived. Most recently, she was organist at Dorchester Presbyterian Church in Summerville. After moving back to Conway the summer of 2009, Susan did substitute work for local organists before joining the staff at First Presbyterian Church. She enjoys spending time with her mother Nancy Hendrick, who is also a musician, her daughter and new granddaughter.