Bethlehem Lutheran church

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS)


Pastor (currently vacant)


James Hing

James HingConductor, Organist, Pianist, Singer.  For over three decades Hing has led numerous church music ministries, community choruses, & civic groups across the United States, including his home state of Washington.  He is presently Music & Choir Director at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Renton Washington, and Director of the award-winning, nationally-known, Starbucks Chorus.


The Starbucks Chorus, an a cappella, four-part harmony group, was founded during the 1996 holiday season by Starbucks partners (employees) as a way to philanthropically support the Seattle community.  Today, the Starbucks Chorus has grown to more than forty Starbucks partners who share a passion for music.  It has raised over $470,000 benefitting thousands of low income people ages 55 and older (over half of whom are homeless) & people of all ages who face hunger in Seattle.  Under Hing’s leadership, the Starbucks Chorus achieved several milestone events, including a special performance in 2012 on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, and in 2013 on NBC’s “The Voice”.

Hing’s early training was as a classical pianist.  His music career began in 1982 at Sacred Heart Church, Tribes Hill, New York, where at age 14, he became an organist! 

In addition to his multi-denominational church music ministry, Hing’s major music accomplishments include performing Miss Behavin’ alongside Tony Award winner Nell Carter at the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Turtle Creek Chorale in Dallas, Texas.  His international debut was in 2002 at the renowned Opera House in Sydney, Australia, as part of the 600-voice International Cultural Arts Festival Choir.  This was followed by a 2003 debut at Carnegie Hall in New York as part of the Dallas based 225-voice men’s chorus, the Turtle Creek Chorale.  He has since performed three times at Carnegie Hall.  Hing has recorded nine choral CD’s, including a 2013 recording of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” which is available on iTunes.  His theatre credits include Oliver Twist, Music Man, Sound of Music, Showboat, and Harvey. 

Hing performs each year for numerous audiences’ and he volunteers more than 500 hours annually to service projects and benefit performances.  Previously, Hing held positions as Conductor with Choral Sounds Northwest and the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Chorus.  He is a former member of the Seattle Men’s Chorus.