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 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.
Reginia Teter- Youth Choir
Like many of our students, Mrs. Teter’s love for music began as a child with her first experience in a choir at age 7. She continued on through high school, participating in concert choir, chamber singers and girls’ ensemble as well as competing in solo festivals. She studied at both Fresno Pacific University and Fresno State as a Vocal Performance Major, participating in choirs and chamber groups under the direction of Dr. Roy Klassen and Dr. Gary Unruh, as well as studying privately with Helen Joseph Weil, David Sarkisian, Milt Friesen and Edna Garabedian. Her vocal experience includes ensembles and solos in the community and as part of the People’s Church choir for 20+ years, a 10-part professional Victorian caroling group, and most recently with the San Joaquin Chorale under the direction of Dr. Roy Klassen. She has even enjoyed participating in some local theater in recent years as a chorus member of the cast of The Sound of Music with Center Stage Productions!
She has taught private vocal lessons for over 16 years and been the Jr. High Youth Choir director for the past nine years. She LOVES her students! “Jr. High is such a fun age and having a room full of middle school students is never dull! I’m always excited to see who will decide to join our Youth Choir each year.”
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, Kym 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
Aubree Robbins- Dance (Ballet, Creative Dance)
Aubree began training in classical ballet at the age of 10 at Cynthia Merrill School of Performing Arts. She has since trained with California Arts Academy and the Severance Ballet Conservatory. In addition to her ballet training, she has also trained in modern dance, jazz, flamenco, and 1940’s swing dance. Aubree graduated in December of 2014 with a BA degree in Theatre Arts Dance from CSU Fresno. She has performed in numerous ballet productions and various community events in the Fresno area. For the past several years, she has been dancing with Full Sail Ministries and has traveled and danced with Full Sail both in the U.S. and in Thailand. Aubree has been teaching Ballet and other dance forms for the past five years and has worked as lead ballet instructor for a local dance studio since 2012. She is passionate about dance and hopes to impart a love and passion for dance in each of her students.
Melody Bishop- Dance (Ballet)
Melody earned her Diploma of Creative Arts in Dance in Sydney, Australia. Melody has been teaching for over 10 years, working with dancers of all ages. Her dance experience includes directing an inner-city summer dance program and a youth dance team and performing as a member of the Princeton Performing Arts Company. One of her favorite roles has been dancing as Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. Most recently she has worked in Southern California directing the Expressions Dance Program and Performance Team and teaching advanced Ballet and Pointe at Dancers Studio.
Melody loves sharing the art of dance with children and watching them grow into graceful, beautiful dancers.
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 nearly 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 school and high school aged flutists. She started them as beginners. Her students competed very well and received the highest awards at solo competitions and they participated in all-regional and all-state honor bands. Some of her students continued to pursue music in college and received scholarships. Angelica Nuby 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.