Our mission.

Our aim is to train and develop young people to use their artistic gifts for their own enrichment with opportunities to serve their community.

Community

The program is designed to enrich the students and their families as well as the local community.

Excellence

The students are taught by qualified teachers and are encouraged to pursue excellence with humility.

Mentorship

The program encourages mentorship within the teacher/student relationship and between students.

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Meet our instructors.

At Trinity Music Academy, music is a passion for our teachers and it brings us joy to share this passion with our students. Our students are inspired to pursue excellence within their disciplines.

Judy Yamamato

Director, Piano

Judy began studying piano at the age of four, and continued to study through her formative years. After studying Music Education at UVIC in Victoria BC, she worked with a church to help develop their music program, training musicians and leading a children’s choir in Nagoya, Japan. Moving to Calgary in 1992 with her husband and children, she began a piano studio and taught for 18 years. During her time in Calgary she also accompanied at music festivals and accompanied and sang in choirs as well as leading music in weekend services at Centre Street Church. In 2002, Judy was invited to become the Director of the Centre Street Music Academy –growing the school to serve over 130 families. She is excited to help launch the Trinity Music Academy and looks forward to welcoming many new students this year.

Joz Barendregt

Guitar

Joz began playing guitar at the age of 9 and was very determined in his studies. He learned the basics of playing an acoustic guitar but was soon longing to learn the electric guitar. In his youth years Joz played guitar at his church and was encouraged by the musicians around him to pursue excellence in guitar. Once he graduated from college, he went to the Nexus Institute of Creative Arts to learn theory and the more technical aspects of playing. In 2012 Joz studied in a school in California. He currently works at The House church as a music director. Joz says he is amazing to see musicians from different churches all working together to encourage each other to become better and learn from each other.

Jeremy Wiens

Guitar

Jeremy is a passionate multi- instrumentalist with a particular enthusiasm for guitar. He has been playing the piano for as long as he can remember. He also studied classical and jazz guitar with a professor from the University of Ka-Zulu Natal for four years while living with his family in South Africa. Since coming to study at UBCO, Jeremy is part of the a cappella club where he is honing his skill as a vocalist. He is currently serving in the music department at Trinity and at UBCO. While proficient at arranging pieces for a cappella and solo performance. Jeremy hopes to soon write and release his own music.

Karyn Du Preez

Piano

Karyn began studying piano at the age of 8, taking part in annual piano festivals and music examinations through the Royal School of Music (London) in the city of Durban, South Africa. Her love for music and worship through the years led to her becoming extensively involved in church music, establishing a large teaching studio and completing a degree in music at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa - majoring in Music Education and Pedagogy. While starting a family, Karyn continued to operate her studio until 1999 when her family emigrated to Calgary where she resumed teaching again. Karyn and her husband relocated to Kelowna in 2011 and is currently teaching, and is part of the music ministry at the House Church.

Bethany Raine

Voice

Bethany began studying music at a young age, with piano lessons at age 4, flute at age 12 and eventually voice at age 16. She would go on to complete a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto, followed by a Masters of Music in Operatic Performance from Rice University in Houston, TX. During the course of her studies, Bethany performed at festivals in both North America and Europe with world-renowned teachers and would go on to become the Program Director for the Center for Opera Studies in Italy. Though classically trained, Bethany was first drawn to vocal studies through her love of musical theatre and has been serving the church on worship teams since she was a child. Bethany started teaching in 2008 and most recently built her own private studio in Lethbridge, AB while also volunteering as a worship leader in her local church. Bethany and her family have just relocated to Kelowna and she is excited to help new group of students achieve a healthy technique that will allow them to enjoy a lifetime of singing in any genre.

Are you the curious type?

To sneak a preview of a lesson, you may learn what to expect on day one.

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