Faith Blevins is the Artistic Director for the Academy of Arts at 3Crosses and Director of Outreach Production at 3Crosses Church in Castro Valley. Faith volunteered and served with the Music & Arts ministry for many years at 3crosses before becoming part of the staff in l997 as the Founding Director of Neighborhood Youth Theater (1997-2007). NYT provided after school arts education and an assembly program to the local public, private and home school organizations in the surrounding communities. Faith has taught for over 25 years as Adjunct Faculty at Foothill College, Holy Names College, Ohlone College and Las Positas College. For the past 35 years, she has been a professional Director and Choreographer involved in over 300 productions for various musical theater companies, opera companies, colleges, and performing arts schools in and out of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Faith holds a Masters of Art Degree in Dance from Mills College and a Bachelor of Science Degree with Dance Emphasis, Drama Minor from CSUEB. She also attended the University of Hawaii with Campus Crusade for Christ in a specialized study program: East-West Religion, Biblical Studies and Evangelism. Post College, Faith had an opportunity to serve with Greater Europe Mission with the International Congress of Christian Musicians in France. It was during that experience that God transformed her life, and gave her a new direction and passion for creative evangelism in sharing the gospel message, in the church, local community and around the world. In 2011 she served on a short-term mission with Transform Asia to teach and equip pastors and students to present a production of “JOHN, HIS STORY” for presentations to share the gospel message during rice distributions in Cambodia.
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Instrumental Music, Bell Choir & Music Theory – Youth through Adult Programs
Marsha Beeler is an elementary teacher of 35 years, currently retired. She holds her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a M.A. in Education. Marsha has directed school musicals, choruses, and has been an accompanist for musicals and mass choirs. Currently she is a private piano instructor, harp and ensemble member, and plays flute in the Pleasanton Community Band. She has been continually involved in worship in a variety of churches serving as organist, choir accompanist, and keyboardist. Other experiences include; 35+ years directing children’s choirs, VBS music director, leading music camps, participating in adult choir, and handbell choir, and directing small orchestra/ensemble groups. Marsha plays in the 3Crosses orchestra and participates with the Christmas, Easter, and Summer Outreach presentations.
One of Marsha’s favorite verses is Psalm 100:102 “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord; serve the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing.” “I love worshipping and serving God through music - it’s a way for me to express gratitude for all he has done in my life. I enjoy helping/encouraging others to not only grow as musicians, but to grow as true worshippers.
Technical Theater – Youth through Adult Programs
Patrick Brandon was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been involved in theater arts for over 20 years. He is currently serving as the Technical Director for 3Crosses Church where he began in l997. Patrick has studied scenic painting at New York Cobalt Studies, and is currently attending Academy of Art University, San Francisco pursuing his Bachelors in Fine Arts.
He also currently helps with the Theatre Department at Castro Valley High School as a Master Teacher. His lists of accomplishments in the Bay Area include the premier of Prince of Egypt, Children of Eden, King David, Narnia, Godspell, as well as the annual Christmas and Easter and summer productions at 3Crosses. His other credits include 7 years with Pacific Coast Repertory Theater designing (sets and lights) for She loves Me, Cabaret, Chicago, The Last Five Years, Throughly Modern Millie, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast and Forever Plaid . Before Pacific Coast Repertory Theater was founded, Pat designed Carousel, Oklahoma and Into the Woods for Golden State Theater Productions, as well as productions for TenderLand Opera, Pilgrims Progress Opera, Trinity Opera Company. He has also painted drops for San Francisco Playhouse.
Of his aspirations, Patrick says “My goal at 3Crosses Church is to help tell the story of Christ and of the life changing transformation of his followers.”
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Photography – Adult Program
Cathy Breslow has been shooting professionally for over nine years. You can see herbeautiful photographs through her website. Her core passion is people and their life events: weddings, senior portraits, maternity, newborns. She also spends considerable time shooting for her two favorite non-profits, 3 Crosses church and Redwood Christian Schools. Cathy's goal for the Basic Photography class is for each student to have an "AHA" moment that will move them forward in their photography.
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Vocal Music - Adult Program
Tenor Ricardo Garcia is studying with Cesar Ulloa at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and previously has studied with Daniel Ebbers at University of the Pacific. Ricardo Recently placed in the renowned Brava! Opera theater Vocal Competition. This past summer Ricardo was feautured in the Songfest art song festival in LA in many concerts and master classes. Ricardo worked with John Aler, Martin Katz, Susanne Mentzer, Dawn Upshaw, Josh Winograde, and Graham Johnson along with many other great performers, teachers and coaches. After Songfest Ricardo played the Role of David in Alan Menken’s King David oratorio at 3 Crosses Church in Castro Valley.Ricardo is also a recent winner of the Encouragement Award for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in San Francisco, as well as winning the Adrian Boyer Vocal Competition at the Bay view Music Festival in 2014.
Along with winning the Vocal Competition at the Bay View Music Festival he also was the lead tenor in the Opera Cosi Fan Tutte in which he played the role of Ferrando. Ricardo also was the lead tenor at the University of the Pacific all four years in which he played Tamino in The Magic Flute, Fenton in the Merry Wives of Windsor, Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld, and Alfredo in La Traviata. Ricardo also won the Stockton Opera Guild competition in the spring of 2014.
Ricardo performed with the Listen for life organization at the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles. In 2011 Ricardo was the winner of the third place prize at the Palm Springs Opera Guild competition. In the summers of 2011 and 2012Ricardo was hired by the Palm Springs Opera Guild to teach and educate students in the Rancho Mirage area to educate them about Opera and other aspects of the music career. Ricardo also played Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor and Toby in Menotti’s The Medium with the California Opera Association in 2010. After his run with the California Opera Association in 2010 Ricardo originated the role of Moses in the staged version of The Prince Egypt at 3 Crosses Church in Castro Valley.
This upcoming summer season Ricardo will be performing the role of Jenik in The Bartered Bride with the Music Academy of the West Summer Festival, under the direction of David Paul and the baton of Matthew Aucoin. Ricardo is currently working as an intern with the 3 Crosses Music and Arts Ministry.
Adult Instrumental Music & Music Theory
Kevin Ledbetter is the Pastor of Fine Arts at 3Crosses Church were he is the musical director for Choir, Orchestra and all of the musical presentations (Easter, Summer & Christmas). Kevin was born and raised in the Bay Area. Music has been a major part of Kevin’s life since 4th grade where he first played the sax. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from CSUEB, concentrating on woodwind instruments and conducting. It was in college that he states he finally understood about Jesus, and then turned his life over to him. Kevin states “It is fantastic to live for Him.”
Kevin has been a performing musician in the Bay Area for 40 years, playing Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe and Guitar, altogether he can perform on 10 instruments.
He still performs for local music venues, private parties, the Hayward Municipal Band and with a sax quartet for elementary schools in the Bay Area when his schedule permits.
In addition to music, he was heavily involved in education for 30 years, teaching not only instrumental music, but as a classroom teacher, and Principal and Assistant Principal at Christian Schools.
Dance – Youth Program
Erika LaTour has been teaching and choreographing Ballet Folklorico for the past 20 years. She has served as a dance instructor in the bay area from the East Bay Center of Performing Arts in Richmond to the Newark Unified School District. She teaches a variety of ethnic folk styles. Though she has performed many dance forms, ballet folklorico is the style which she toured nationally and was her primary focus of study. Erika began her teaching career with Ballet Folklorico Alegria de la Bahia and a few years later with the Union City Unified School District. She performed with Companies such as Alika de Nayar, Los Lupenos, and serves as Artistic Direcotr and Choreographer for the Dance company Maestros del Folklor. Erika serves as rehearsal assistant, dance captain and assistant choreographer in outreach presentations at 3Crosses. Erika’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from CSUEB.
Strings & Jubilate, Vocal Ensemble (Youth-Adult programs)
Judi Thompson is a professional musician involved in music education since the late 1970’s. A viola performance major, she has taught elementary classroom music, beginning, intermediate and advanced string orchestras for 2 private school districts in San Jose, Ca. She has also served as organist/choir director for churches in San Jose, Los Altos, Fresno, California and YOSAC- Youth Orchestra Southern Alameda County. Judi was the pianist, Assistant Musical Director, served on the worship team and taught music with the NYT program at 3Crosses Church for many years. She currently serves as the primary pianist/keyboard musician and Assistant Music Director at Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City. Judi also teaches music at Fremont Christian Schools and at the Conservatory of Music at Highland Church in San Bruno. She also contracts for special music for various events and also maintains a private music studio, teaching piano, violin and viola.
Faith Blevins, Artistic Director