Dr. Lydia Beasley
Music / Voice
Dr. Lydia Beasley
Soprano Dr. Lydia Beasley has a decade of teaching experience, including college-level private voice and classroom instruction at the University of Alabama, Mercyhurst University, Southern Virginia University, and Judson College. She believes that, through holistic lessons incorporating not only the basic concepts of vocal technique, but also strengthening musicianship skills, developing successful practice habits, cultivating background knowledge of the repertoire, and performance practice, students learn to produce a properly supported, aesthetically pleasing sound and perform repertoire with emotional connection and poise.
She is an active performer, and has appeared with the Peabody Opera Theatre, Emerald City Opera, The Figaro Project, Erie Opera Theatre, and the University of Alabama Opera Theatre in a variety of roles, such as Mimì in La bohème, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. An experienced oratorio soloist, she has appeared in Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Italy in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s and Poulenc’s Gloria, Honegger’s King David, Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Additionally, Lydia has conducted research on the life and works of Pauline Viardot with an emphasis on her operetta Le dernier sorcier. She holds a BM, summa cum laude, from Shenandoah Conservatory, an MM from Peabody Conservatory, and a DMA from the University of Alabama. She is a member of the National Opera Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Dance / Ballet & Adult Stretch and Strength
IMAGO Dance Instructor, Kellie Burnett, was born in Jacksonville, Florida and began dancing at the age of three. After moving to Texas at the age of nine, she was accepted into the NorthEast School of the Arts (NESA) at Lee HS and graduated under the Dance Program in 2014. She has performed multiple times at the Spurs Halftime and has been a soloist in the NESA Senior Performance.
Kellie attended Belhaven University in Jackson, MS, originally pursuing a BFA in Dance. In the interest of moving back home, she transferred to UTSA and graduated in December of 2017 with a BA in Multidisciplinary Studies with a focus in Dance, Kinesiology, and Communications.
After realizing her love of pedagogy through her experience at IMAGO, Kellie became an Adjunct Professor of Dance at San Antonio College where she enjoys helping her students grow technically and artistically. Kellie has experience in various genres of dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern, improvisation and is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique. She hopes to inspire others to use their artistic gifts to glorify the Lord and worship His name with their God-given talents.
Music / Piano
Arturo E. Chapa is a bilingual music educator for more than twenty five years, teaching piano, drums, basic contemporary guitar and voice. Born in Mexico, he began learning piano through his father at the age of eight. Years later he entered “Academia de Musica Beethoven” in Saltillo Coahuila, Mexico, where he studied classical music on piano for five years and voice lessons for one year.
At the age of fifteen, Arturo became part of the Praise and Worship ministry in the church he attended, playing the piano for fourteen years. In 2002 he got married and moved to San Antonio Tx., where he continued in the Spanish Ministry. He work at Cornerstone Church for a decade in the Hispanic ministry as a Music and Arts Director and Young Adults Pastor, leading worship bands (youth and senior) and coordinating the choir. At the same time, he prepared and composed the music for evangelical plays and trained many students on piano. In April 2018 the Lord led him to found Epainos Ministries where he seeks to mobilize this generation to live for Jesus through an ambience of worship.
His passion for music has inspired many to love serving God, through their artistic gifts and talents. Arturo has a great ability to make music arrangements and transcriptions.
Art / Art for Children, Art for Youth & Independent 2-D Art Studio
For as long as she can remember, Mayra Cruz has been involved in the visual arts—initially, like any child, in the creation of art where pen and paper were the transports of a limitless imagination. Eventually, her passion and talents grew as she applied herself as a student, educator, advocate, program coordinator and now as a footwear designer.
Ms. Cruz obtained her BFA in Visual Art Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, in pursuit of a career in art education both as a program coordinator in museums and higher education, and then as a high school art teacher. During this time, an interest in footwear design grew from her shoe-themed artwork. In 2009, she began studies in footwear design and completed a Masters in Advanced Fashion Footwear Design from the Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy in 2011. She is now working professionally in the field of footwear design while also working to develop her own “shoe-art” themed designs.
Ms. Cruz is happy to return to the role of an art educator for the IMAGO Fine Arts Academy of First Baptist Church of San Antonio and to work with students to instill art appreciation. Her teaching philosophy is to nurture and challenge creative thinking and artistic skill, not only as a mean of self-expression but for spiritual enrichment.
Sergio de los Santos
Music / Guitar
Sergio de los Santos is a classical guitar player and holds two AA degrees in Music and Music Business from San Antonio College. He currently attends Texas State University in San Marcos, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of renowned composer and performer Mark Cruz. Sergio plans to continue his studies with a Master of Music History and eventually obtain a Doctoral Degree in Ethnomusicology from UT. He began playing at age 9 and has since won several scholarships such as the San Antonio Gardenia and Musical Club Scholarship. His classical guitar studies began with Terry Muska at San Antonio College, and he has also performed in Master Classes for Michael Chapdelain from the University of New Mexico, Jason Vieaux from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Pepe Romero from the University of Southern California, and Juan Carlos Laguna from the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico. Sergio currently plays all types of music on a regular basis in and around San Antonio. From 2006 to 2012, Sergio was the host and producer of a weekly radio show, Jarabe de Yoyotli, that he created for KSYM 90.1 FM in San Antonio. After transferring to Texas State University, Sergio continued producing radio for the University’s station, KTSW 89.9 FM in San Marcos, until the summer of 2013. Sergio also owns and runs SA Pedicabs, the most successful pedicab company in San Antonio.
Music / Piano
Renelle Marsh brings excitement to the classroom for learners of all ages. A music educator for nearly twenty years, Renelle is adept at multiple modes of musical education that utilize piano, voice, and movement. She incorporates sound tenants of classical instrument and voice training garnered through fourteen years of formal preparation and over twenty-five years of piano accompanying.
Earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Vocal Music Education from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN (now Minnesota State University – Moorhead), Renelle began her career as a middle school general and vocal music teacher. Since then, she leveraged her expansive background as a private voice and piano studio owner, pre-kindergarten through high school general and vocal music teacher, church music ministry team member, Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) praise team lead, and donated hundreds of hours volunteering in school systems that do not have music programs with particular emphasis on special needs students.
Renelle is passionate about music education as a staple of the education curriculum. In 2016, she started a grassroots effort to bring music education back into the public school curriculum in Sierra Vista, AZ. Her energy and passion on display, Renelle earned the distinction as Volunteer of the Year for Huachuca Mountain Elementary School, Sierra Vista, AZ. Renelle is excited to share her love of music with San Antonio.
Art / Beginning Drawing for Adults
Dan McBain started drawing on the back of a church bulletin as a child (and a PK) in the Midwest. His family moved to Deep South Texas when he was in Junior High, at which time he took every art class he could get his hands on through public school. Dan is a graduate of University of Corpus Christi with a BA in Art specializing in painting. He coaches painters and teaches Beginning Drawing and Advanced Drawing—including Portrait and/or Life Drawing—at Inspire Community Fine Art Center here in San Antonio.
His artwork is on display several times each year at art shows, restaurants, Inspire (where he teaches), and even here at FBCSA. The batik collage at the balcony entrance coming from the office suite at FBCSA is an example of his work.
Dan can usually be found second row center in the choir loft, his ministry of choice.
Music / Piano
Zelda Meneses-Reus, a passion for music and a love of teaching, Zelda brings both experience and dedication to the forefront of her studio expertise. Zelda Meneses-Reus, NCTM holds a B.A. in music from the University of Louisiana and is a Nationally Certified Teacher through MTNA. She also studied at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she studied piano, organ, and voice. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Worship Leadership from Dallas Baptist University where she is a member of the Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor society for Religious Studies and Theology. Ms. Meneses-Reus shares her love of hymn-playing, improvisation, and composing with her students. She provides a solid musical foundation from which students can continue to grow and enjoy their own musical journey. Many of her students have gone on to receive music degrees and teach in both the public and private sector.
Dr. N. Seth Nelson
Music / Organ
Dr. N. Seth Nelson has earned a DMA and MM in organ performance at The University of Michigan, under the tutelage of Dr. Marilyn Mason. While there, he was also the first to earn the Certificate in Musicology, writing a thesis on the pipe organ controversy of the Puritans in New England. He earned a BM from the University of Texas at San Antonio as a pupil of Dr. Bess Hieronymus. There he received numerous awards for his work as an organist, pianist, and accompanist, and was honored with the Presser Award, graduating from the UTSA Honors College Summa Cum Laude.
A passionate church musician, Nelson is Organist at First Baptist Church of San Antonio. Previously, he has been Interim Organist at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Austin, and Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Brighton, Michigan, and Faith Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. Dr. Nelson, an Associate with the American Guild of Organists, maintains an active concert schedule and has performed in France, the Czech Republic, Poland, England, Germany, Austria, and in the United States. Equally comfortable on the piano as the organ, he is in high demand as a collaborative musician. Nelson is the accompanist for the San Antonio Choral Society and is on the accompanying faculty of Trinity University.
Art / Painting
Mark Oehlert has used his God-given talent to create art for over 40 years. Earning a BA in Advertising Design, he has made a living for more than 35 years as a successful designer and illustrator. Nurturing an interest in fine art painting throughout his lifetime, he sought out other painters, studied their techniques and began to create his own works of art. His favorite subjects to paint include much of God's beautiful handiwork in the Rocky Mountain high country, particularly around Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. His accomplishments in the field of fine art painting have earned him many awards, accolades, and inclusion in numerous private collections, exhibitions, and invitations to fine art shows across the US.
Mark has maintained a working studio in San Antonio since 1987, teaching private lessons for both children and adults. In the last 10 years, he has taught a growing number of students in the homeschooling community. "I believe that everyone is born with an innate ability to create. As a teacher, I help my students discover that God-given creative ability and bring it into the visual realm. In my classes, we work together to develop and use that ability to communicate an individual's vision of beauty."
Art / Crochet
Gina Padilla is grateful to God for this gift of crocheting that He has blessed her with. She is a self-taught crocheter who has been crocheting for over 26 years. She started with scarves and hats, then found a pattern for an Ugly Duckling. Once she completed the Duckling, it wasn't so ugly. This is where her love of crocheting animals began. She decided to crochet a Teddy Bear on her own without a pattern and discovered another gift. Her very first pattern was a Lovable Lamb, and she has been designing and writing her own crochet patterns for 7 years, which she sells online. One of her Giraffe patterns was published in a calendar and in a book sold in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. She is looking forward to helping others learn this wonderful art with yarn.