Music / Violin & Viola
Bethany Turriff, earned her BM in Music Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio, with Performance Certificates in both Violin and Viola. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Austria. She has attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, The Castleman Quartet Program, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and QuartetFest West. She maintains a large Suzuki Violin and Viola Studio in San Antonio, and directs a Children's Choir at Trinity Baptist Church. Bethany teaches students of all ages, and is devoted to helping all of her students become life-long musicians.
Music / Cello
Caitlin Simpson is a Music Educator in San Antonio, Texas. She has taught private and group instruction on the cello since 2009.
Caitlin studied with John Stuart (in grade-school), and Benjamin Westney while attending San Antonio College. Currently, Caitlin is working on her Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio. There, she studied with Dan Zollars, Principle Cellist of the Mid-Texas Symphony.
She is a current member of the American String Teachers Association, and Texas Music Educators Association, and plays with the Mid-Texas Symphony.
Art / 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.
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 / 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.
Ballet / Jazz
Kellie Prinzing, IMAGO dance instructor, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She began dancing at the age of three and moved to Texas when she was nine. She was accepted into the NorthEast School of the Arts (NESA) at Lee HS and graduated under the Dance Program in 2014.
Kellie attended Belhaven University in Jackson, MS, originally pursuing a BFA in Dance. In the interest of moving back home, she is now attending UTSA and pursuing a BA in Multidisciplinary Studies with a focus in Dance, Kinesiology, and Communications.
Kellie has experience in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and improvisation. She has participated in many performances at both NESA and the Earle Cobb Dance Studio. She has also performed at Spurs Halftime and been a soloist in the NESA Senior Performance.
Kellie is a part of the FBCSA College class. Her post-graduation career
plans are undecided, but she has a hope that God will allow her to
incorporate her love of dance into whatever career path she pursues.
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 for Youth
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 / Voice
Suzie Rocha is excited to serve teachers and students at IMAGO, not only as the coordinator, but as a private voice teacher. She has taught a mixture of middle school, high school, college, and adult students for over 20 years in the choral classroom and private voice studio.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in vocal performance and pedagogy—both from UTSA.
As a voice teacher, she focuses on proper body position and breathing technique, which is the foundation for freedom of tone and expression. She is pleased to see the progress in her students, including expansion of range, strength of projection, increase in breath capacity, beauty of tone, understanding of musical terminology, and growth in confidence.
She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and her students have been NATS finalists and Texas All-State Choir members. She also has private voice studios at Alamo Heights High School and Junior School, performs professionally with the San Antonio Chamber Choir, and worships with the FBCSA Sanctuary Choir.
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.