Derek Tam

Meet Derek


At First Church

Since 2013, Director of Music Derek Tam has enhanced the worship life of First Church through his dedication to musical excellence in diverse genres, encouragement of musical participation by people of all ages, and commitment to harnessing the power of music toward social change in the wider community.
In addition to leading the Sanctuary and Gospel Choirs, Derek oversees the Bell Choir, Uke-atastrophe (our ukulele ensemble), as well as the children's music program with the support of volunteer leaders and staff musicians Elizabeth Forsyth and Amar Khalsa. He also curates Resonance, First Church's award-winning concert series, and has helped to lead music at several major demonstrations in support of anti-racism and climate justice.

Other Than That

Outside of First Church (and sometimes inside), you may catch Derek performing as a conductor or historical keyboardist, either as a soloist, chamber musician, or with some of the Bay Area's leading orchestras. Learn more at