Mrs. Jean Wertz - Strings/Orchestra
Jean Wertz, middle and high school string orchestra teacher, is on her
25th year of teaching at Village. She graduated from Cal State Northridge
with a bachelor of arts in music education, and holds a current California
clear credential in music. She began playing the cello at age 8, and has
studied with Joseph DiTullio, Nathanael Rosen, and Peter Rejto.
After teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District as an elementary
traveling music teacher, Jean began teaching fifth-grade at Village in
1987 for and did that for eight years. In 1996, she established the string
program for the elementary and middle school students. From just 20 students
that first year to (at times) over 100 students, grades four through high
school seniors the strings program continues to evolve. The high school
and middle school groups perform at nationally rated festivals and have
received gold and silver ratings.
Mrs. Wertz truly enjoys teaching young people, and has a passion for sharing
her love of Christ and music with them!
Ms. Amy Martens - Band
Growing up in a musical family, Amy is no stranger to the stage, and now
she directs our elementary, middle school and high school band program.
She began with the piano at age four, and, under the tutelage of her mother,
began to play the flute at age eight. She performed in countless recitals
and several church programs. In high school, she continued her private
studies in flute, had the opportunity to perform in district and country
honor bands, and was a member of the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra
in the Bay Area. From there, Amy attended Azusa Pacific University for
both her bachelors and masters degree in Flute Performance.
She studied with Teri Mason Christian, was principle flute in various musical
ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and was
able to attend master classes with renowned flutists Sir James Galway
and Ransom Wilson. Among her favorite experiences was her opportunity
to solo with a small orchestra while on tour in Italy in the summer of
2007. Amy also teaches privately, performs in the Corona Symphony Orchestra,
and freelances around Los Angeles.
Mr. Dan Baker - Percussion
Dan Baker has been a professional bass player, studio musician, and percussion
instructor since he graduated from
Herbert Hoover High in Glendale,
class of 1998. He has been featured in virtually every instrumental group he has performed
with. As a student he was was the first in Hoover High Schools history
to receive a solo award from
Downbeat Magazine's annual student music awards. This is a national competition including the entire United States and
Canada. He won first Place in the Blues/Pop/Rock category as a soloist
his junior year, and his senior year won it again along with the first
place combo award and second place jazz instrumental soloist award. In
addition to this, he was also principle bass for the
Glendale Youth Orchestra for 6 years, principle bass of the
Hoover orchestra, instructor of the
Hoover Drum Corps, performed with the
Tournament of Roses Parade honor band, and competed in the
Winter Guard International Percussion World class finals with the
Burbank Black Knights and
the Cal State Northridge Indoor percussion Ensemble.
Upon graduating from Hoover he performed with the
Santa Monica College Orchestra as principle bass, and then auditioned for the
Ringling Brothers Circus band and won the position as second youngest touring musician in the bands history.
He toured with the them for a total of 5 years performing for nearly 100,000
people a week, 50 weeks a year in all the major arenas around the United
States, Canada and Mexico City. He has also performed extensively with
many different artists such as
Ana Barbara, Luz Rios, RBD(Rebelde) World Tour 2007, Diego Gonzales, Cristian
Castro, Tommy Walker, The Kry, Jessy J, Ricky Lawson, Blest, Paulina Aguirre, and various church worship bands.
Currently he is completing his Bachelors degree with
Berklee College of Music online while holding the position of
Director of Percussion studies at Herbert Hoover High School, Toll Middle
School, and Village Christian School. The last three years he has propelled Hoover High School to win 3 consecutive
Percussion State Championships. He is now looking forward to taking the
percussion program at Village Christian to a competitive level.
Mr. Jonathan Byram - Choir
Mrs. Megan Barlow - Elementary Music
Mrs. Aubrey Reynolds - Elementary Strings