12th Annual

Our Performers for 2014

Click on any of the links below to learn more about our performers.

ARC Bell and Chime Choir Bel Canto Choir from the Los Robles Children's Choirs
Bell Canto Ringers Handbell Choir Cindy Wight and Diana Huse - Piano Duet
Conejo Slides Craig Mathias, Bagpipes
Deborah Kline and Vince Iantorno, Messianic Artists Elaine Litster - Harpist
Friday String Quartet Gold Coast Pipe Band (Bagpipes)
Hillside Middle School Choir Leslie Frank - Pianist
LYRA (a cappella quartet) Marie Pearson - Soloist
Pipedream Flutists of Ventura Santa Susana High School Choir
Santa Susana High School Jazz Combo Santa Susana High School Orchestra
Simi Community Children’s Choir Simi Valley Community Choir
Simi Valley High School Choir Simi Valley High School Jazz Combo
Simi Youth Choir Sinaloa Middle School Mixed Choir
Tamali’is Polynesian Dancers United Methodist Adult Handbell Ensemble
Valley View Middle School Choir


 
ARC Bell and Chime Choir

      The ARC English Hand Bell & Chime Choirs are incredible choirs with musicians who are developmentally disabled and supported by musical directors and accompanists. The choirs are a beautiful expression of community and ability, each of the musicians play 1-4 bells/chimes and when they work together, to the best of their ability they create delightful music. It is magnificent to watch how various letter and colors written on a scroll are lovingly translated into music.

 

      The choirs are a rich tradition of ARC.  The bell choir began in 1985 and with a growing number of musicians ARC added the chime choir in 1999. The choirs provide individuals with developmental disabilities an opportunity to shine, express themselves musically, give back to the community and educate the people about the abilities as well as special needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. The musicians enjoy performing and being active members of the community, in addition to growing and continuing to learn as they participate in a variety of the programs & services ARC provides that promote quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.


 
Bel Canto Choir from the Los Robles Children's Choirs

Bel Canto Choir

      LRCC’s roster includes more than 115 children ages 6-18 from over 45 schools across Ventura County in four choirs. All four of our ensembles assist children in developing their vocal, aural, musical and choral skills. LRCC’s rigorous training program includes weekly rehearsals where vocal technique, stage presence, musicianship skills, and teamwork are regularly taught. Now celebrating its 18th season, LRCC, under Artistic Director Edward Rouse, is recognized for its choral artistry and excellent musicianship. Bel Canto, the beginning treble choir of Los Robles Children's Choir, is comprised of approximately 40 children ages 8-14. These singers are chosen from auditions held in August and December each year. This beginning-level choir, under the direction of Dana Rouse, is a program in which the basics of vocal production and musicianship are presented in an age-appropriate fashion. The emphasis is on mastery of basic theory and vocal/choral technique. The repertoire covers a variety of traditional literature that is unison or two-part. Our choir is accompanied by Amy Komie


 
Bell Canto Ringers, Handbell Choir

Bell Canto Ringers      The Bell Canto Ringers are thrilled to return for a seventh season at Simi Community Christmas. The Bell Canto Ringers are a handbell choir consisting of 11 musicians from Agoura Hills, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, and Westlake under the direction of Jodi Ream. Following her eight years as a youth and handbell choir director in Santa Monica, Jodi Ream and her sister, Sally Walter, organized the Bell Canto Ringers in 2008 as a tribute to their parents for the support and encouragement of their daughters’ musical pursuits. The Bell Canto Ringers have performed throughout Ventura County and will be featured performers at the Los Angeles Temple Visitors Center on December 16th. Handbell music brings a distinctive sound to traditional Christmas carols. Be sure to look and listen for the various techniques used by the ringers to create their unique tone and blend.


 
Cindy Wight and Diana Huse - Piano Duet

Cindy Wight - Pianist

Cindy WightA native of Montana, Cindy has lived in Simi Valley since 1988. She has enjoyed many opportunities to work with soloists and choirs, and this year will be accompanying baritone Gerald Michaelson as well as the Simi Community Choir and Simi Community Children's Choir. She and husband Darrell have eight children and two grandchildren.

Diana Huse - Pianist

Diana Huse      Dana’s involvement with and love of music began when she was a small child; piano lessons began at age six, her church music service began at age 12, organ lessons at age 15, and she has participated in some form or another since. In addition to many opportunities at church she has played the piano for worship services at the Veteran’s Administration, participated in a regional music festival (played a St. Saens duet with her mother), and even played the tabernacle organ. But her particular favorite is gathering at the piano with her family and singing hymns and Christmas songs. Dana and her husband, Dan, have six children and four grandchildren; they have lived in Simi Valley for 16 years. She is currently employed at Royal High School and serves as the Young Women president in her ward.


 
The Conejo Slides, a trombone choir

A trombone choir directed by Art Kharns

      The CONEJO SLIDES return to perform for a fouth season at Simi Valley Community Christmas 2014.  Members come from Simi Valley, Camarillo, Agoura, and neighboring communities. We draw from local organizations including the Moorpark Symphony, Gold Coast Wind Ensemble, Late Nite Big Band and numerous community bands, jazz bands, and church organizations.

      Art Kharns graduated from Pacific Union College near the Napa valley in 1978 with a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in low brass. He taught elementary music for 6 years. Art has also directed a community orchestra and a brass ensemble, has performed with several big bands, with Gold Coast Wind Ensemble, with area community bands, and has played as a featured artist accompanying a dramatic presentation of "God's Trombones" at La Sierra University. He enjoys writing/arranging music and performing on low brass, guitar and like instruments. Art makes his living as a Systems Analyst in the health insurance industry.


 
Craig Mathias, Bagpipes

Craig Mathias      Craig Mathias of Clan Buchanan has been playing the highland bagpipes since 1999. He performs throughout the year at community events throughout Southern California including Memorial Day observances, dedications and flag raisings. He has closed every evening of the Simi Community Christmas celebration since its inception.

      During the nights of Simi Community Christmas, several pipe tunes will close each evening including Amazing Grace, Going Home and an assortment of traditional Christmas songs. "Piper Craig" will also accompany the choir Saturday night playing "The Water is Wide" (a traditional Welsh tune) as an introduction to "Thou Gracious God."

      Piper Craig will wear traditional 19th century attire including kilts of Clan Buchanan in both modern (reds and yellows) and hunting (greens and blacks) tartans. His clan medallion shows an arm holding the crown of Scotland, signifying the role of Clan Buchanan in saving the Scottish crown in several battles of the 15th through 17th centuries.


 
Deborah Kline and Vince Iantorno, Messianic Artists

Deborah Kline and Vince Iantorno, Messianic Artists

      Deborah was born in New York to a Jewish Father and Puerto Rican mother. She moved to Puerto Rico at the age of 9 where she began her singing career on television and was nicknamed  (The Little Giant) because of her tiny frame and big voice. She also sang as a soloist in a Catholic choir.

      After moving back to the States at the age of 15, she strayed away from church altogether. She began singing in nightclubs, did studio work for producers such as Humberto Gatica and Paul Anka, soloed on various commercials such as 7 Up, C&H sugar and numerous others. She also met and married her husband Vince (Guitar player/songwriter and arranger).

      After family tragedies, feeling out of control, Deborah and Vince were invited to a church service where during worship she started crying . They both gave their hearts to the Lord that day and soon became worship leaders themselves.

      Deborah began wondering what was the connection between being Jewish and a believer in Jesus. She decided to get to know Him as Yeshua , learning scripture through a Jewish perspective (after all, her Great Grandfather and all before him on her father's side were Cantors)!

      Their passion for the Lord, and heart for the unsaved Jew and Gentile have brought this couple to ministering God’ s grace, love, and mercy through their music.

Deborah and Vince’s lyrics, powered by Adonai’s word and put together with a fresh musical approach of Latin rhythms, R&B and worship ballads, inspire listeners through the hope of His promise.


 
Elaine Litster, Harp

Elane Litster      Elaine Litster performs and freelances throughout Southern California. She has played with many orchestras, including the Asia American Symphony Orchestra, the American Freedom Orchestra, the West Coast Symphony, the New Valley Symphony, and the Boise Philharmonic. For the past 17 years Elaine has organized and conducted “Harp Extravaganza,” California’s largest “spontaneous” holiday harp ensemble, averaging 25 harpists. Television appearances have included Mad Men, the Bold and the Beautiful, and the Supreme Master telethon. Elaine's solo album, has been well received. As Miss Idaho, Elaine received a special award in the Miss America pageant for her harp performance. She holds a Bachelors degrees from BYU and UCLA. Elaine resides in Simi Valley with her husband Greg and their five children.


 
Friday String Quartet

Friday String Quartet      The Friday String Quartet was formed almost four years ago as a group of musicians who enjoyed the dynamics of a string quartet and each other’s company.

      Mary Ann Marx, first violin, played for the California Lutheran University Symphony for 30 years. She is currently playing with the Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra of Thousand Oaks and the Interlude Quartet.

      George Fraser, second violin, plays with the Happiness Strings Quartet of Camarillo, and the Simi Valley Senior Strings.  Additionally, he plays cello in the Silver Strings of Thousand Oaks and, in the past, he played cello in the Pacific Pearl Symphony Orchestra and the Moorpark Symphony and Community Orchestras.

      Stuart Thomson, viola, returned to the instrument after retiring. He has played with the Silver Strings of Thousand Oaks, the Moorpark Community Orchestra, the Center String Quartet, and the Simi Valley Senior Strings.

      Carolyn Linhart, cello, has served the community for many years as church organist, piano accompanist, and violinist with the former Conejo Symphony.  A new-found love affair with the cello has found her playing with several local string ensembles, and she especially enjoys collaboration with The Friday String Quartet.


 
Gold Coast Pipe Band, Bagpipes

Gold Coast Pipe Band

      The Camarillo based Gold Coast Pipe Band was formed to encourage and educate band members and the public in the finest tradition of Scottish Highland music.

      The band has performed on stage with the Chieftains numerous times during their US tours, additionally they play for weddings, funerals, commencements, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, military, fire and police department functions as well parades and civic affairs.

      Led by Pipe Major Jack Daly, Drum Sergeant Norm Riley and Regimental Drum Major Craig Stevens the Gold Coast Pipe Band always encourages new members and is happy to be returning to the Seaside Games.

Contact the band on their website: www.goldcoastpipeband.com or call 805-484-7570 for information or bookings.


 
Hillside Middle School Choir

      Toriann Garner has been a choir director for the Simi Valley Unified School District since February 2004. This is her third year at Hillside Middle School and is having a great time with the middle school students. There are three choirs, including a Glee Club, at Hillside Middle School, and all three choirs are award-winning choirs. The beginning choir, Mixed Choir, is comprised of 6th and 7th grade students. This is the choir that will be performing for the Simi Community Christmas.


 
Leslie Frank, Pianist

Leslie Frank      Leslie serves as the organist and choir accompanist for the Simi Valley United Methodist Church. She began studying piano at age 6 and enjoys all (well.. just about all) genres of music. Her passion for the education of young people led to a career in public education spanning over 30 years. Here in Simi Valley, she was the Principal of Simi Elementary School, Hollow Hills Fundamental School and Sinaloa Middle School before retiring in 2011.


 
LYRA a cappella quartet

LYRA

      Lyra is a quartet that loves to sing a cappella and barbershop arranged music. The foursome met at the ChannelAire Chorus in Camarillo, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, where they continue to sing. They began singing together just over a year ago and enjoy entertaining with seasonal music at occasions including Valentines Day, Fourth of July, Christmas and other holidays. We look forward to singing for you this holiday season.


 
Marie Pearson, Soloist

Marcie Pearson      Marie Pearson Tarbet is a singer/songwriter and is one half of the brother/sister duo, The Pearsons. The Pearsons music can be found on projects by Target, PBS, Deseret Book, Shadow Mountain, and Especially For Youth. Their song "One by One" was recently featured on the youth home page for LDS.org. Their music has been played/sung at LA and San Deigo Susan Koman Race for the Cure. Marie loves writing songs at all hours of the day and night, as well as gardening and being a mom to three wonderful children.


 
Pipedream Flutists of Ventura

Pipedream Flutists of Ventura County

      Pipe Dream Flutes & Friends has evolved from the original ensemble called Flauto Badinage, which was founded in 1992 in response to the growing flute ensemble repertoire and performance opportunities for flute ensembles.  The ensemble has been featured at many venues and festivals throughout the United States and in Vienna, Austria.  In addition to the ensemble’s many performances Pipe Dream Flutes & Friends continue to perform benefit concerts to raise awareness about Alzheimers.

      Pipe Dream Flutes & Friends strives to introduce and promote original works, arrangements, and commissioned works, some of which include percussion, world flutes, voices, keyboards, and strings.  The following members of Pipe Dream Flutes & Friends were featured performers at the 2013 National Flute Association convention in New Orleans, LA, where they performed a program of commissioned works.  www.pipedreamflutes.com

Performers:

      Katrina Curdy attended the Saturday Conservatory of Music at Cal State LA from ages 9 - 18.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Flute Performance from the University of the Pacific, and her Master's degree in Flute Performance from USC. Her teachers include Roland Moritz, Leone Buyse, Roger Stevens, Jim Walker, Paul Fried, John Barcellona. She currently studies with Sarah Jackson, piccoloist with the LA Philharmonic.  Katrina has taken part in masterclasses with John Barcellona, Louis Moyse and William Bennett. Katrina has played with Pipe Dreams Flutes for several years.  She has also performed with the Bellflower Symphony, Torrance Symphony, Grace Community Church Orchestra, Lark Musical Society, the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra, the Glenwood Flute Quartet and the Arias Troubadours. In addition she teaches privately and freelances in the LA area.  Katrina is currently studying to become a Certified Music Practitioner.  Upon graduation from the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP), she will be able to offer live therapeutic music to those who are ill or dying.

      Rhondda Dayton, founder of Pipe Dream Flutes & Friends, is currently Principal Flute with Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra, Moorpark Symphony Orchestra, Westlake Village Symphony, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, and Footworks Ballet Orchestra. Rhondda has been a featured soloist with several Orchestras and will be performing Gordon Jacob’s Concerto for Flute and Strings with Beach Cities Symphony next March.  She was also principal flute for the internationally televised Hour of Power Orchestra at the Crystal Cathedral for 11 years.  She has performed at NFA conventions with the Professional Flute Choir, National Flute Choir, Flauto Badinage, and the Wind Advisory Wind Quintet.  Her recording credits include ten National Flute Choir CDs, Celine Dion’s Grammy® award winning These are Special Times (vocals); Professional Christian Wind Ensemble’s Rejouissance; Terry Minogue’s Seasons of Joy II, and Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra’s Vivaldi Flute Concertos featuring David Shostac.  Rhondda has performed on European and National tours with the Santa Monica Chamber Orchestra, International Haydn Festival Orchestra (principal), and on a national tour with the Global Community Orchestra (principal) as they honored the military in Hawaii.  Rhondda has a BA from Bethel University, St. Paul, MN.

      Kathryn Kuby, Ph.D. received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Belmont University, her Master in Music degree in Conducting from the University of North Texas, and her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Connecticut. She has been a music educator for over a decade, teaching all facets of music to students of all ages, including instruction at the college level. As a conductor she has participated in the London Conducting Institute as well as the South Carolina Conducting Institute. She has worked under the tutelage of Anshel Brusilov, Edward Cumming, Robert Gregg, Karen Deal, and the late Peter Sacco. Dr. Kuby co-founded the Flower Mound Preparatory Orchestra as well as the Connecticut Repertory Orchestra.  Dr. Kuby is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at Santa Susana Magnet High School in Simi Valley, CA.

      Mary Predmore is an active performer, teacher, clinician, conductor, and advocate for music for everyone.  She is the founder of the recital series, “Flute Salad,” which began in 1992 to provide performance opportunities for flutists of many ages and abilities and to inspire young flutists.  Mary is principal flute with the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble and is a recitalist at local venues.  Mary has directed student flute choirs which have performed local concerts and have received superior and command performance ratings at district and regional solo/ensemble festivals.  She has performed at several National Flute Association Conventions and flute festivals in California.  Mary has performed with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony, Ventura Civic Orchestra, Stanley Wind Ensemble, Topanga Symphony, Moorpark Symphony, Royal Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Song of Angels Flute Orchestra, and with the Los Robles Master Chorale.  She performed in the West Coast premiere of Ed Lojeski’s Missa Americana in 2006; in Vienna, Austria with the Haydn Festival Orchestra and with Pipe Dream Flutes (2009); and with the Global Community Orchestra in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (2011).  In addition to freelancing and teaching privately, Mary is a Certified Music Practitioner, having completed the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP).  As a CMP, Mary plays therapeutic music one-on-one at the bedside for Hospice, pain management, healing, dementia, depression, and for the actively dying.

      Terry Wolff received her BA in flute performance from California State University at Northridge.  She has studied with Louella Howard, Gretel Shanley, Jim Walker, and has performed in masterclasses for Jean Pierre-Rampal and Goran Marcusson.  Terry has performed with the UCLA, CSUN and Burbank Symphonies and has been a studio musician for film, television and radio.  She has performed with the Chris Banta Trio and freelances in the greater Los Angeles area where she has performed with the Moorpark Symphony Orchestra, Gold Coast Wind Ensemble, Pipe Dream Flutes, Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra, and the Oaks Chamber Singers.  In 2006, Terry performed in the West Coast premiere of Ed Lojeski’s Missa Americana and in 2009 Terry performed in Vienna, Austria with the Haydn Festival Orchestra and Pipe Dream Flutes for the International Haydn Festival performing Calculated Chaos Phase II (George Roumanis) and Psalms of the Passover (Ed Lojeski).  In 2011 she performed in Hawaii which featured two more world premieres by George Roumanis and Ed Lojeski to honor the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Terry has studied jazz flute with Ali Ryerson and has also been a participant in the Jazz Flute masterclasses in Carmel, California. Terry has been on staff with NBC Universal Studio’s Music Department for 33 years.


 
Santa Susana High School Choir

Santa Susana High School      The Santa Susana High School Vocal Music program is passionate about the musical growth of students. Through focused learning, practice and performance the SSHS choirs excel in their musicality and vitality. Working with expert accompanists, choreographers, and costumers, the experiences students gain are at a professional level. With opportunities throughout the year to collaborate with theatre, film and stagecraft students, vocal music majors will gain an understanding of all of the options within the music profession.

Santa Susana High School Jazz Choir- "Abbe Road Jazz" This advanced performance ensemble focuses on a variety of complex and diverse music. Throughout the year they perform music with an emphasis on Swing, Latin, Ballad, A Cappella, and Improvisation. This group attends multiple Jazz and Choral festivals and performs at private concerts.


 
Santa Susana High School Jazz Combo

Santa Susana High School Jazz Combo      The Santa Susana High School Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo perform a variety of jazz styles including blues, latin jazz, funk, etc. They have performed at music festivals in Southern California and beyond, including as far North as San Francisco. Performing at local community events is also amongst their accolades. They are excited about their first performance here at Simi Community Christmas.


 
Santa Susana High School Orchestra
Directed by Dr. Kathryn Kuby

      The Santa Susana High School Symphony Orchestra is comprised of students from grades nine through twelve. The musicians exhibit a high level of musicianship in rehearsal and performance. The ensemble's repertoire includes all styles of orchestral music, including classical, Baroque, modern and pop. The group performs at local and regional festivals, including their own festival, which is held every March in the Performing Arts Center on the Santa Susana High School Campus. The Symphony Orchestra looks forward to entertaining you this holiday season.

Santa Susana High School Orchestra

 Simi Valley Community Adult & Children's Choir
Directed by Cathy Cheney with Megan Hanks

Simi Valley Community Adult and Children's Choir

Cathy Cheney      Cathy Cheney’s love of choirs began when she joined her first chorus in the 3rd grade and continued throughout her school years as she sang in Girl’s Glee Clubs and Mixed Chorus’ through her senior year of high school. Later this love blossomed into performances with Church and Community Choirs in Oklahoma and Southern California to the present day.

      Cathy has been a Choir Director for 40+ years for her Church in each place she has lived (California, Oklahoma, Utah, and in Augsburg, Germany).  Cathy worked as the Music Specialist for Township Elementary School for 16 years teaching songs and producing music programs that she wrote for the different age groups. She cherishes those experiences. In addition to choral directing, Cathy has dabbled in music composition, six of which have been performed by choirs or soloists. Directing adult and children’s choirs has been a joyful challenge to her throughout the years. Working with both in association with the Simi Community Christmas has truly filled her heart with joy.

      Cathy Cheney has been married to her Sweetheart, Don, for 44 years and is the mother of 5 children. Their ‘prolific’ children have made them the very proud Grandparents of 23 exceptionally adorable grandchildren.

Cathy Cheney      Megan Croshaw Hanks has been involved with music since a young age. Being part of an extended family that plays instruments, sings and enjoys all types of musical experiences she has spent much of her life surrounded by the joys and blessings of music. She has played the violin in numerous orchestras and has been a private violin teacher and assistant teacher in orchestra programs in Northern Utah. She has enjoyed singing with many choirs throughout her life and has been directing various church choirs since 2001.

She is very grateful for her patient husband, Sam and 3 spunky kids Eli, Naomi and Libby.

Cindy Wight      A native of Montana, Cindy has lived in Simi Valley since 1988. She has enjoyed many opportunities to work with soloists and choirs, and this year will be accompanying the Simi Community Choir and Simi Community Children's Choir, as well as performing a set of piano and piano/organ duets with Dana Huse. Cindy and husband Darrell have eight children and three grandchildren.


 
Simi Valley High School Choir

      


 
Simi Valley High School Jazz Combo

Simi Valley High School Jazz Combo

      The Simi Valley High School Jazz Ensemble is a year long class that focuses on the uniquely American art form of Jazz. We have students who have been playing for years and some for just a few months. All students learn the basics of soloing and improvisation, transcription, and big band playing. The Jazz Ensemble is available for performances from October through May including dinners, banquets, dances, and other special events. Please contact Mr. Pracher by email at daniel.pracher@gmail.com for more information.


 
Simi Youth Choir

Simi Youth Choir

      The Simi Valley Mormon Youth Choir has a long tradition of sharing their Christmas Spirit in the community. The combined choir of youth – ages 12 to 18 years old - has been practicing since September in preparation for this performance.  Conductor Robert Erickson comes from a rich musical background and has led various youth choirs over the last 20 years.  This choir is made up of youth from many different Simi Valley Schools.  

      Our principal accompanist is Arianna Nelson a Senior at Royal High School.  She has been studying piano for 8 years. She’s also the president of the Royal Concert Choir.

      These youth have spent many hours preparing for this program.  Our music celebrates the sacred story of Christ’s birth and in addition we sing a few fun songs to share the joy of the season, including a Calypso number entitled Alleluia Lullaby.  Mary’s contemplation’s of her Special Son is remembered with “Mary Did You Know?”  We all get to have fun with “Mistletoe.”  The program concludes with a medley of traditional carols – “Triumph of the Skies.” We hope you enjoy this performance of the Simi Valley Mormon Youth Choir.

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Sinaloa Middle School Mixed Choir

Virginia Starling      Virginia Starling, Choral Director, received her B.A. in Music from CSUN and her Teaching Credential at California Lutheran University. In 2012, she received her Master's In Teacher Leadership form CLU. She is enjoying her 7th year of teaching Choir at Sinaloa Middle School. Mrs. Starling also teaches Guitar, Beginning Strings and String Orchestra

      Prior to beginning her career as a public school music teacher, Mrs. Starling spent over twenty five years in the Music Industry-first, as a retail sheet music manager and buyer. The last eleven years were spent as a sales representative for Alfred Publishing, Co. Inc.

      Mrs. Starling is an accomplished violinist, traveling the world with the San Diego Youth Symphony. She is also plays guitar and has received many awards for her vocal performances as well as songwriting. Mrs. Starling was lead vocalist and fiddler in the an all-female bluegrass band called High Hills. The groups albums are available for download on iTunes.


 
Tamali'is Polynesian Dancers

Tamali'is Polynesian Dancers

      Tamali’is was established in 1977 by Dorothy Ae, a resident of Simi Valley for 39 years, along with her husband Tinou and children Stuart, Fa’atamali’i, Nafanua and Vincent. She taught her children, her extended family, friends and neighborhood children the art of Polynesian dance. Today, the Polynesian culture is shared by the Tamali’is throughout Southern California. (Tamali’is means “to be humble”.)


 
United Methodist Adult Handbell Ensemble

United Methodist Adult Handbell Ensemble      The United Methodist Church Adult Handbell Ensemble was formed in 2012, and consists of six regular ringers and several substitute ringers all from our Adult Bell Choir. The players are, Bridget Elliott, Dee Larkin, Lynne O’Hanlon, Marcy Pelz, Judy Thomson and Stuart Thomson (director) who make up the regular ringers, and Barbara Brown and Luene Witman do an able job as substitute ringers.


 
Valley View Middle School Choir

Melissa Gray      Melissa Gray is the choral director and theater teacher at Valley View Middle School. Ms. Gray became passionate about music at a young age primarily because of her mother’s musical influence. Ms. Gray’s mother, Ruth Gray is a well-renowned choral composer, pianist, and high school choral director. As a child, Ms. Gray quickly became involved with piano, voice, and church musical theater. Later in life, she continued to pursue music and theater through her involvement in high school choir and drama, private voice and piano lessons, and through her participation in Biola Youth Theatre and Point Loma Opera Theater. In 2012, Ms. Gray obtained a BA degree in Music Education with a Voice emphasis from Point Loma Nazarene University, and in 2014, she received a Single Subject Credential in Music from California State University, Fullerton. Ms. Gray would like to thank the organizers of Simi Community Christmas for their invitation to perform at such a wonderful event. She would like to encourage everyone to come see Valley View Vocal Ensemble perform on Friday, December at 8:30 PM.


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