Licia Clark – Concert & Children’s Choirs, Girls Ensemble, Strings
As the founder and Executive Director of Inspire One, Licia’s passion for children and music is only outdone by her passion for God. She spent five years spreading the love and hope of God traveling the world with Celebrant Singers and Teen Challenge Eurasia, where she had the privilege of meeting and playing for both Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. For over 25 years she has been directing the homeschool choirs in the greater Fresno area. For 15 years she was director of Peoples School of The Creative Arts. In 2014, as the Lord led, she created the nonprofit ministry of Inspire One. She is also in her tenth year of enriching the lives of the children of Biola, (a small farming community west of Fresno), teaching orchestral strings in their after school program.
For her contribution to educating the children of the Central Valley in the arts, she was awarded the 2013 Horizon Award by the Fresno Arts Council. She was also recently awarded a grant in recognition for her work by the Bautista Foundation. She longs to combine her passions for God, music, and children through Inspire One by bringing together children of different communities and fostering camaraderie and cooperation by making music together.
Tim & Lori McCracken – Guys’ Ensemble
Tim is glad you are looking into the opportunities offered through Inspire One! It is a bright and new organization with hope for sharing God’s gift of music even more widely than has been done so far, but it has depth and history. Their family has been involved with these choirs through all of their three children’s elementary and high school years (they’re empty-nesters now!), and the joy of music and training in music has been a greater value to them than they know how adequately to describe. Lori is the accompanist for the choirs and recitals at all levels. For the last six years, Tim has had the privilege of leading the Guys’ Ensemble, an auditioned group from out of the Concert Choir. It has been his goal that through the experience of singing, these young men can both taste God’s bounty and learn to turn their hearts toward blessing others.
Christina Lumeya – Piano and Beginning Choir
Christina is a trained and gifted music teacher with more than 10 years experience teaching piano. She is also experienced in performance, actively singing and playing the piano most of her life. She enjoys singing solo and in a choir, and frequently accompanies singers on the piano, primarily in worship teams at church. She enjoys playing both classical music and jazz/improvisational music. Christina loves working with children, and it shows in all of her classes!
Kym and Danielle Yrulegui – Visual Sound
Kym became interested in American Sign Language when she was in high school. Her youth pastor’s wife offered a class for beginners at her church, and she was hooked. Kym then proceeded to take all of the ASL classes available in her local area during college. After college, she spent a couple of years as an ASL interpreter for deaf students in the Fresno Unified School District. Unfortunately, after sustaining an injury to her arm, she was forced to stop interpreting.
In addition to teaching ASL Language Classes, Kym is also the founder and director of VISUAL SOUND: Performance Sign Language for Music, Poetry and Spoken Word.
This group uses sign language and motion to visually portray the spoken message of a piece along with the feel and energy of the music or prose. What comes out is a performance that depicts an auditory art form translated into a dramatic and moving experience to watch. Her daughter Danielle is following in her footsteps and joins her in teaching this inspiring class!
Patti Cota – Handbells and Private Piano
For over 30 years, Patti Cota has taught music in private and public schools and churches, from elementary through college/adult levels. She has accompanied professionally on piano for nearly as many years. She was handbell director at Peoples Church in Fresno, California for 23 years and for 6 years at Peoples School of Creative Arts. She enjoys arranging music for her groups and has over 100 published arrangements. Patti holds a B.A. and California teaching credential in Music from Bethany Bible College, Santa Cruz, California and an M.A. in Music Education from California State University Fresno. She currently teaches handbell classes and private piano lessons through Inspire One.
Evan Akuna – Art
Evan Akuna is an art teacher with a passion to see God glorified through art. In addition to teaching, he has a background in illustration, animation, and children’s ministry. His art classes incorporate a blend of traditional and digital media, and emphasize an excitement for creativity. He lives in Sanger with his wife Jen and three children.
Sheryl Ridley – Photography
Sheryl’s love of photography began in 8th grade when she received her first Kodak 110 film camera. She is self taught and has devoted over nine years to studying and practicing this art form and continues to learn every day. She loves capturing the beauty of creation, her everyday family life, the emotion in a moment, the interaction between loved ones, as well as birds, dogs, her kids and high school seniors. She has photographed the concerts for Inspire One (formerly PSCA) for the past 8 years along with many other events for the Biola Orchestra and Summer Enrichment Program. She especially enjoys passing on her interest in photography to her students and is thrilled to watch them learn how to take control of their digital cameras, giving them the freedom to be creative. Come join in and learn how to use your camera creatively.
Angelica Nuby – Flute
Angelica Nuby is currently the flute professor at San Joaquin Delta College and has taught at Baylor University and University of North Texas as a graduate assistant. She has taught flute for twenty years. While living in Texas to pursue her doctorate degree in Music Performance with flute as her specialty, her full-time job was teaching middle and high school aged flutists. She started them as beginners, and her students competed very well and received the highest awards at solo competitions and participated in all-regional and all-state honor bands. Some of her students continued to pursue music in college and received scholarships. Angelica has played in the Stockton and Fresno Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the Lonestar Wind Orchestra. She relocated to Fresno to be closer to family and to raise her three-year-old twins.
Yuliya Hess – Violin
Yuliya Hess began her violin studies in the Soviet Union where she won many major youth competitions and was selected to study with the renown Gurgen Liporidovich Sagomonor from Armenia. After immigrating to the United States she continued her violin performance studies at Fresno Pacific University with a full scholarship.
Yuliya has been a member of numerous ensembles and symphonies including Sacramento Russian Violin Ensemble, Soli Deo Gloria string quartet of Sacramento, Musica Nova Symphony of Phoenix, Symphony of the West Valley in Arizona, and the Fresno Grand Opera. She has performed with Renee Fleming, Wynonna Judd, Jackie Evancho, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Vadim Gusman, Haik Kazazian, Edna Garabedian, and Rachel Barton Pine.
Yuliya is continuing to pursue mastery of the violin at Fresno State studying with Dr. Limor Torren. She currently plays as principal assistant in the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra, and California Arts Opera Orchestra. She is a member of Arpeggio Strings Quartet, a recitalist and a soloist for special events. With 25 years of teaching experience, she is a member of the Suzuki Association for violin and teaches in Fresno, Kingsburg, and Reedley. She is a tutor in the Fresno Youth Orchestras, an instructor at Sequoia Lake Music Camp, and Fresno State Summer Music Academy.
Yuliya believes in the virtues of home education and has been homeschooling her three musical kids, Anya, Dmitriy, and Anastasiya for the past ten years. This has brought her into contact with Inspire One, and she looks forward to being involved in helping young talents grow and flourish.