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Joe Howard

Joe Howard

Joe Howard is a high school music teacher in Sunnyvale, California. Joe became a Christian at the end of his senior year in high school. He has been involved in music ministry for over 35 years. He started playing piano at the age of 4 and holds a Bachelor degree in Music from San Jose State University (String Bass, Piano) as well as a Masters Degree in Theology from Western Seminary in Portland. Joe continues to lead contemporary and traditional worship services in the local church.

Joe is married to Arlis Howard, whom he met at San Jose State in 1980. Arlis is an accomplished trumpet player. Together they have four children.

Joe believes that music is a powerful tool that can bring glory to God and encouragement to His people.



Teresa Orozco-Petersen

Teresa Orozco-Petersen

Flutist Teresa Orozco-Petersen's expansive musical activities range from orchestral player and contractor, recording artist and studio musician, to director and founder of the chamber ensembles of "Ovation Music Productions." As a teacher and mentor to over 80 young musicians she is now in her ninth year as conductor for the Avant Flute Choir of the San Jose Youth Symphony Organization. As a contract musician she is currently 2nd flute and assistant principal of the Monterey Symphony since 1987, principal flute of New Music Works since 1992 while also regularly performing for the Carmel Bach Festival, and several other Bay Area orchestra and chamber ensembles. Teresa also specializes in jazz and Latin music, and performs as a member of the 10-piece salsa band, Mambo Tropical and frequent guest of Orquesta Gitano, Havana Jazz, El Desayuno, KAWEH and The James Robinson Group.

Her work with migrant education two years ago in Salinas was met with great success, teaching a K-8 music appreciation and choir class. This experience opened the doors and lead to her current position as Junior Conservatory's Music Appreciation and Theory instructor of the prestigious Valley Christian Schools in San Jose where she teaches 5th grade and coaches all flutes from the elementary level to high school. Teresa also has her own private studio where she coaches some to of the most dedicated college bound flutist in the Bay Area. Teresa has studied privately with Isabelle Chapuis-Starr, Maria Tamburrino, Barbara Breeden, Lloyd Gowen, Keith Underwood, Robert Stallman and has performed in master classes with Julius Baker, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Ransom Wilson, and James Galway.



Trent Smith

Trent Smith

Singer-songwriter Trent Smith (http://trentsmithmusic.com/) brings a unique perspective and undeniable talent to the stage. Whether fronting a band or performing "unplugged," he touches audiences with his honest style and skill.

Trent grew up in the coastal town of Homer, Alaska. He began playing violin at the age of seven and also taught himself piano. After high school he added guitar and song-writing to the repertoire. Trent is known for his intense passion and deep poetic lyrics, matched by musical "chops." His stage appearances include Spirit West Coast Monterey main stage, Golden State Festival, Bayside Church of Granite Bay, Capital Christian Center Sacramento, Twin Lakes Church of Santa Cruz and many smaller venues headlining and opening for other acts. Trent won Integrity Music's "Best New Worship Song" award at their 2008 Christian Songwriting Conference and has garnered praise from various industry professionals and music publications. He also serves as a full time worship pastor and volunteers playing music in local schools and events. Trent currently lives in Northern California with his wife Deborah, and two young children Elijah and Tiana.



Dave Sandswich

Dave Sandswich

I started learning sound in Jr. High from the great mentors at my church. Throughout high school and college I continued to amass as much knowledge about sound as I could with an ever present mindset on how I could use my gifts for God's glory. Since then I completed my bachelor's degree in cinema from San Francisco State University and am looking to start a career in post production sound for film. It has been my joy to use my gifts and talents to further God's message.



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