High School Band and Choir Festival
April 5-7, 2019 | San Francisco
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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. David Das and Mrs. Sara Das - Choir
David and Sara Das are co-directors of the middle and high school vocal program at VCS. David is a composer, conductor, producer, and songwriter for film, television, advertising, and trailers. He also serves as the President of the Academy of Scoring Arts. His composing and performing work can be found at daviddas.com. Sara is a former church choir director and homeschool teacher, and has also taught at Junior Achievement. They met as music majors at the University of North Texas, have been married for almost twenty years, and are parents of two Village students. They are excited to be a part of the Village community and to help students develop their musical gifts.