Conservatory Christmas Program 2021

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Conservatory Christmas 2021 Elementary, December 4 | Junior High, December 8 High School, December 10

Season’s Greetings and

MerryChristmas Season’s Greetings and Merry Christmas from the students, faculty, and staff of Valley Christian Schools’ Conservatory of the Arts! Our performers are thrilled to share creative renditions of Christmas’s timeless story through song, word, and dance. We invite you to join us in celebrating this season of family, joy, and hope. To say that we are excited to be on stage, live and in-person, does not start to describe just how joyous we are to come together as a community. The challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have left their mark on all of us. We all have experienced loss; loss of our daily flow, loss of communion with family and friends, and in all too many instances, loss of a loved one, or two, or three. And while coming together as a community to celebrate the traditions of Christmas won’t erase the loss of these past 22 months, it does lay testament to the resilience of humankind as we look forward with an expectation of better days ahead. “…And then, just when everything is bearing down on us to such an extent that we can scarcely withstand it, the Christmas message comes to tell us that all our ideas are wrong, and that what we take to be evil and dark is really good and light because it comes from God. Our eyes are at fault, that is all. God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment. No evil can befall us; whatever men may do to us, they cannot but serve the God who is secretly revealed as love and rules the world and our lives.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer And that, in a nutshell, is why we know our hope for better days ahead is not in vain. Through the gift of Jesus, the original and ultimate Christmas gift, we can experience rebirth, a “realignment” of sorts for our fractured lives. Our prayer is that throughout this performance, the restorative powers of God, through His son Jesus Christ, help bring hope and healing into our lives, our families, and our communities. Troy Gunter Director, Conservatory of the Arts Vice-President, Valley Christian Schools



Grandmother My Grandmother Sutherland began making unique handmade Christmas tree ornaments for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as an annual gift in 1980. Our family received the two featured on this page. Grandma’s great-great-grandchildren weren’t born until after she passed at age 100 in 2009. They only know their great-great Grandma Sutherland through photos, her message to future generations in our big leather-bound family Bible, and of course, her handmade Christmas ornaments they help place on our Christmas tree each year. It was just like yesterday when Kris and I received our annual Christmas ornament from Grandma Sutherland. For our grandchildren, who were not yet born or were too young to remember, it could seem like forever ago that Grandma handmade and gifted her annual Christmas tree ornaments. But they know Grandma Sutherland through her encouraging words of faith and her loving gifts, which stand the test of time. Grandma’s Christmas gifts now reach four generations of her posterity. All of this reminds me of our Heavenly Father’s gift of His Son, Jesus. God promised through the prophet Isaiah to send His Son as a child more than 2700 years ago, saying, “For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; And the government will [a]rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NASB More than 700 years after Isaiah’s prophesy, Jesus announced Himself as the Son of God in fulfillment of the ancient prophecies and God’s promise when He said to Nicodemus, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 When we decorate our Christmas tree, we fondly remember Grandma Sutherland through her Christmas ornaments handmade with love and handed down through four generations. God’s gift of His Son Jesus spans hundreds of generations and offers the greatest gift of all, eternal life to all who believe in Jesus as God’s Son. Clifford E. Daugherty, Ed.D. President, Valley Christian Schools


My Favorite Holiday Christmas is my favorite holiday for many reasons, but this year is going to be extra special! My firstborn child, Cameron Kay, is finishing her first semester in college and coming home on December 16. I am grateful and filled with joy because our family will be reunited. Returning home means a chance for Cameron to take a much-needed break, sleep in her bed, and hang out with family and close friends who are also home for the holidays. I have been thinking of this moment since I moved her into her dorm in August—the joyful reunion of my daughter returning home will be the best Christmas gift. During this season of Christmas, I pray our Valley Christian community be filled with joy and gratitude. I am genuinely grateful for our students, faculty, staff, parents, and administrators’ resilience and determination over the past two years. In time, we will look at this challenging period in the rearview mirror. When we do, it will be with immense pride in how we collectively responded as a community. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May our Lord continue to bless you and your family abundantly. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11 Jerry Merza Superintendent, Valley Christian Schools




Conservatory Christmas SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 - 4PM

WELCOME Mr. Troy Gunter, Vice President/Director, Conservatory K-12 ALL SCHOOL CHOIR Conducted by Ms. Sandy Hanes Narration: Matthew Sienickil CHRISTMAS JUBILATION Words and music by Mike Wilson Soloist: Sadhana Swaminathan Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade Choir Conducted by Ms. Sandy Hanes Narration: Jack Winter THE FIRST NOEL Traditional, Arr: Teresa and Paul Jennings Narration: Shiloh Scilingo BETHLEHEM SKIES Words and Music by Dara Joy Maclean Arr. Daniel Semsen Soloists: Indiana Basanese, Bethany Ho, Gwen Griffiths Narration: Wesley Homrich HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING Traditional, Arr: Teresa and Paul Jennings Narration: Sophia Brydon GLORY IN THE HIGHEST Words and Music by Celeste Clydesdale and David T. Clydesdale Narration: Oliver Day and Esther Tang WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE Traditional, Arr: Teresa and Paul Jennings Narration: Dylan Shaw THE GIFT OF JOY Words and Music by Celeste Clydesdale and David T. Clydesdale 4th Grade Choir Conducted by Ms. Sandy Hanes



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THE KING IS BORN IN BETHLEHEM Words and Music by Amanda Singer Soloists: Noelle Kraver, Audrey McDonald, Xavier Taylor 5th Grade Drama Choir Conducted by Ms. Sandy Hanes

HE WILL BE CALLED Words and Music by Christy Semsen

FIRST CHRISTMAS SUITE Fourth Grade Strings Traditional Arranged by Francis Caravella Directed by Dr. Scott Homer

ROCK ON MERRY GENTS 4th and 5th Grade Rhythm Class Traditional Arranged by Victor Lopez Directed by Mr. Jeff Wilson

ALL SCHOOL CHOIR Conducted by Ms. Sandy Hanes Narration: Kalaigho Hipolito

JOY TO THE WORLD Traditional, Arr: Teresa and Paul Jennings CLOSING PRAYER Gabe Guven, Elementary Principal


Conservatory Christmas Junior High


WELCOME Mr. Troy Gunter, Vice President/Director, Conservatory K-12 JUNIOR HIGH INTRO TO DRUMS Mr. Dave Sankus, Director Christmas Chimes • Traditional • Arranged by Dave Sankus JUNIOR HIGH INTRO TO CHOIR Mr. Ivan Utomo, Director Mr. David Hook, Accompanist Last Christmas • Words and Music by George Michael • Arranged by Greg Gilpin Soloists: Annika Schwarte and Sarah Suh JUNIOR HIGH DRUMS I Mr. Dave Sankus, Director Santa’s in the House • Traditional Chris Brooks • Arranged by Dave Sankus INTRO TO STRINGS AND STRINGS I Dr. Scott Homer and Mrs. Lily Homer, Directors First Christmas March • Traditional • Arranged by John O’Reilly Jingle-Bell Rock • Joe Beal and Jim Boothe • Arranged by Bruce Chase JUNIOR HIGH INTRO TO BAND Dr. Michael Jones, Ms. Katelyn Dietz, and Mr. Jeff Wilson, Directors First Holiday Fanfare • Traditional • Arranged by Matthew Putnam Rockin’ Through the Snow • James Pierpont • Arranged by Brian Beck JUNIOR HIGH CHOIR I Mr. Ivan Utomo, Director Mr. David Hook, Accompanist Believe • Words and Music by Alan Silvestry and Glen Ballard • Arranged by Mark Hayes


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JUNIOR HIGH INTRO TO CHOIR, CHOIR I, AND JR. ENCORE Mr. Ivan Utomo, Director Mr. David Hook, Accompanist Joy to the World • Music by George Frideric Handel Words by Isaac Watts • Arranged by Pinkzebra JUNIOR HIGH STRINGS II Dr. Scott Homer and Mrs. Lily Homer, Directors Christmas at Sarajevo • Paul O’Neil and Robert Kinkel Arranged by Bob Phillips Jingle Jazz • Traditional • David Shaffer HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONIC PERCUSSION Mr. Dave Sankus, Director When You Hear the Drum • Traditional • Brian Slawson Here Drums Santa Claus • Traditional • Phillip Gregory JUNIOR HIGH CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Mrs. Lily Homer, Director The Christmas Tree Waltz, op. 21 • Vladimir Rebikov JUNIOR HIGH BAND II Dr. Michael Jones and Ms. Katelyn Dietz, Directors Christmas Bells • Traditional • Arranged by Timothy Johnson Jingle ye Merry Gentlemen • Traditional • Arranged by James Curnow STILLE NACHT Franz Gruber & Joseph Mohr • Vocalist, Madeleine Van Meter Pianist, Karen Matsui CLOSING Brian Clemons, Junior High Principal


Conservatory C High School


WELCOME Mr. Troy Gunter, Vice President/Director, Conservatory K-12 JAZZ ENSEMBLE Dr. Marcus Wolfe, Director Go Tell It On The Mountain • Traditional • Arranged by Alan Baylock VOCAL ENSEMBLE David Hook, Director Accompanied by Jeston Lu, Piano O Come, All Ye Faithful • Arranged by Amanda Taylor Kunz God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen • Traditional • Arranged by David Hook Soloist, Aaron Trigg WOMEN’S ENSEMBLE David Hook, Director O Come, O Come, Emmanuel • Traditional • Arranged by David Hook Soloists: Danica Pham and Machelle Ahmed Guzheng: Summer Qin Angels From the Realms of Glory • James Montgomery & Henry Smart Arranged by David Hook Stanford Yu and Erin Yu, Piano Devin Jay Shah and Isabella Riemi Haokalani Foreman, Joshua Kim, Violin CCONSERVATORY FELLOW DAVID HSIEH Marimba Solo Carol of the Drum ∙ Katherine Kennicott Davis ∙ Arranged by Brian Blume CONSERVATORY FELLOWS ERIN YU & JESTON LU Piano Duet Sleigh Ride • Leroy Anderson • Arranged by Greg Anderson PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE Dave Sankus, Director Winter, from The Four Seasons • Antonio Vivaldi • Arranged by Brian Slawson INTERMISSION



CONSERVATORY FELLOW ERIC WANG Guitar Solo Winter, from The Four Seasons of Bueno Aires • Astor Piazolla Arranged by Sergio Assad

WIND ENSEMBLE Dr. Mike Jones, Director Dashing Through The Snow • James Pierpont • Arranged by Richard L. Saucedo As All The Angels • Rob Romeyn CONSERVATORY FELLOW MIA ZHANG Dance Solo Snow • Sleeping at Last STRING ENSEMBLE, CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Lily Homer, Director We Three Kings • John Henry Hopkins Jr. • Arranged by Matt Riley Soloists: Celina Chen, Cello | Matthew Deng, Cello | Cindy Xu, Viola Happy Holiday/White Christmas • Irving Berlin • Arranged by Ted Ricketts CONSERVATORY FELLOW CALLIE NEWSOM Dance Solo Snowman • Sia CHRISTMAS CHORALE, RHYTHM SECTION AND CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Directed by David Hook King Of Glory • Todd Dulaney• Arranged by Grant Wall & Todd Galbraith/adaptation Troy Gunter Featuring Guest Artist Beverly Blount Drums - Kirk Berkland Bass - Abigail Chuck Piano - Jeston Lu HS Chamber Ensemble Celina Chen – Cello Munan Cheng - Synthesizer

Matthew Deng - Cello Emily Guan - Violin Wesley Sun - Violin Mikayla Wu - Synthesizer Cindy Xu - Viola Erin Yu - Synthesizer

FINALE Stille Nacht • Franz Gruber & Joseph Mohr • Arranged by Dan Forrest Featuring Conservatory Fellows Abigail Chuck, Celina Chen, and the Christmas Chorale & Chamber Ensemble CLOSING BENEDICTION Dr. Cliff E. Daugherty, Ed.D., President


Conservatory Featured Artists


Machelle Ahmed is a senior and a Conservatory Honors Fellow and specializes in Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance. She has been on the stage since she was four and has had a passion for performance since the day she was born. She studies voice with Layna Chianakas and has been performing at Valley Christian since sixth grade. Some of her favorite performances were Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Lindsay in Godspell, and Found: A Musical Revue. She is so thankful for all the support Valley Christian and more specifically the Conservatory has given her and all her fellow students. She hopes you enjoy and thanks you for coming.


Miles Bayer is a senior and has been going to Valley Christian since 6th grade. He loves the performing arts and he’s been acting since he was nine years old. He’s hoping to pursue a musical theatre major in college. His favorite roles that he’s played are Tunny (American Idiot), Lord Farquaad (Shrek the Musical), and John Hale (The Crucible). His favorite hobbies are drawing, being cracked at Sudoku, going nuts on puzzles, and singing the same five songs over and over. He hopes you enjoy the show.


Celina Chen is a junior with a passion for music. As a cellist, she regularly participates in chamber music, solo performances, and volunteers at AMASE, a program in which kids with special needs get the opportunity to learn music. As a vocalist, she has done solo, choir, and musical theater performances. Celina believes that music is a God-given gift that should be shared with everyone, and cannot wait to see where it takes her!

ABIGAIL CHUCK Abigail Chuck is a senior and a proud member of the Open Air Ensemble, Performing Indoor Ensemble, and professional event band, Fast Times. She has played electric bass guitar for over six years. Abigail will continue her academic and musical career at Belmont University next year. She is very thankful for the opportunities being an Honors Fellow presents and the endless support from her family, friends, and school community.



Ethan Chung joined the Conservatory Honors Fellow Program his senior year. His musical journey started at the age of four, when he was introduced to the piano. Since then, he has experimented with several other instruments before eventually settling on the string bass. Today, he is an active player both inside and outside of school: he is the bassist for VCHS’ Jazz Ensemble and one of his church’s worship teams. As his experience with music continues to evolve, he eagerly anticipates continuing to discover new ways to express his lifelong passion for creating music.


Adrina is a sophomore at Valley Christian High School. She is recognized as a Conservatory Honors Fellow with an emphasis in Dance Arts and Vivid Dance Team. Adrina was six years old when she fell in love with ballet. In a few years time, she was trained to be a pre-professional ballerina. Along with such, her passion branched out to different dance forms. During summer breaks, Adrina would train at world-renowned schools: San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King Line Ballet, and Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. Adrina started dance competitions when she was ten years old. Traveling through a plethora of states in the U.S, she has won awards at various different levels along with being recognized with scholarships. Adrina is blessed that the Lord has provided her with numerous opportunities. While following her passion, she is grateful for her supportive and loving parents, teachers, family, and friends.


David Hsieh is a sophomore at Valley Christian High School, where he is an Honors Fellow in VCHS Conservatory. His passion for marimba started when playing the marimba chamber at age eight; since then he fell in love with the instrument. David studies with Anthony Cirone and Tammy Chen and is blessed to have private and masterclasses with great marimba artists Gordon Stout, Weichen Lin, Felix Meyers, Theodor Milkov, and She-e Wu. He is a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Symphony, Cupertino Symphonic Band, and Uchannel chamber music group. He enjoyed playing for concerts throughout the Bay Area and around the world. Some of David’s awards include 2019 and 2020 President award, 2017 USIMC Bach/ marimba/ first place, 2018 NLPA marimba chamber award/Merkin hall NYC winner concert, 2019 NLPA young artist solo competition Gold award, Carnegie Hall winner concert, 2020 Junior Bach marimba solo winner, 2020 Golden music award first prize marimba solo, 2020 grand prize London music award marimba solo first prize. David also enjoys fishing, swimming, hiking, movies, and cooking with his family and friends and plays water polo on the school’s team.


Conservatory Featured Artists HEENA KIM

Heena is a sophomore, and this is her first year as a Conservatory Theatre Fellow. She has been performing for almost five years and loves to share the art of theatre onstage. Some of her favorite previous roles include Violet Beauregard in Willy Wonka, Ann Putnam in The Crucible, and Heena (Uzo) in Godspell. Heena would like to thank her friends, family and teachers for the constant support and love she receives.


Emily Luders is a senior and a Media Arts Honors Fellow specializing in filmmaking, directing, and screenwriting. She has had her work featured at film festivals and is currently a finalist in an international competition for the best narrative short film! Emily also enjoys performing on stage in theatrical productions in addition to being behind the camera. She has studied filmmaking at UCLA, Georgetown, and RISD and looks forward to continuing this passion for the rest of her life. Emily would like to thank her family, friends, and teachers for the endless amount of love and support they have given her.


Jeston is a junior and Conservatory Honors Fellow. He is the prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the Kaufman International Piano Competition, 2021 MTNA California State Winner (Senior Performance), Celia Mendez Beethoven Piano Competition, Ross McKee Piano Competition, Seattle Bach Festival, and Pacific Musical Society Competition. He loves composing and sharing his orchestral and piano compositions with others. In his free time, he enjoys running, traveling, and math. He currently studies with Professor Hans Boepple. He would like to thank the Conservatory for supporting his musical journey and providing opportunities for him to share his love for music with everyone.


​​ Callie is a senior at Valley Christian. This is her fourth year on the Vivid Dance Team and her third year as a Conservatory Dance Honors Fellow. She has been dancing for fifteen years and started competitively dancing on teams and as a soloist at the age of eight. She has placed in the top ten for her solo in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles. She has been recognized in the top ten All-American dancers and won 1st place in Drill Downs at USA Elite Dance Camp in Southern California. She has worked with famous choreographers in Los Angeles that have set solos for her. Callie would like to thank her family, friends, teachers, and coaches for their continuous support and encouragement.



Summer is a junior at Valley Christian. This is her second year in the Conservatory Music Honors Fellow. She’s been playing guzheng (go-JUNG) since three and have been a super fan for Chinese traditional music since then. Summer likes sharing the joy and beauty she found in collaborating with other musicians! She is a humble prize winner of some international music competitions and a Chinese orchestra musician. She served to perform for the community for over 100 hours in half a year and went on to NBC to play and talk about the instruments along with few of her friends in orchestra. She is thankful for the opportunities and all the support she got from her loved ones.


Rebecca is a sophomore at Valley Christian. This is her second year on the Vivid Dance Team and she is a Conservatory Dance Honors Fellow. She’s been dancing since she was one year old and started competitive dance at eight years old. She competed her first solo when she was thirteen years old and placed in the top eight each time, ending the season with a first-place win. She currently dances at Capitol Dance Company and recently placed in the top three at all of last season’s competitions, winning first place at her final competition. Rebecca loves her family, friends, and dance teachers and is thankful for all of their support!


Eric is a senior at Valley Christian High School in his hometown of San Jose, CA. He started classical guitar at age four and currently studies with Robert Miller at the California Conservatory of Music. Eric is the 1st prize winner of many guitar competitions including the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Guitar Competition International Youth Competition (2018, Youth Junior Division and 2020, Youth Senior Division) and Parkening International Guitar Competition (2019 Youth Division). He was featured on NPR’s From the Top just this April. He was named a 2020 National YoungArts Finalist with the silver tier award and is currently nominated for the 2022 Presidential Scholar of the Arts. Eric has had masterclasses with many distinguished guitarists including Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Adam Holzman, David Russell, Zoran Dukic, Benjamin Verdery, the Eden-Stell Guitar Duo, Nicholas Goluses, Marcus Tardelli, Ian O’Sullivan, the Montenegrin Guitar Duo, and Judicael Perroy.


Conservatory Featured Artists ERIN YU

Erin is a senior Conservatory Honors Fellow. She has won multiple competitions and is a winner from YoungArts and a scholarship recipient from the National Chopin Foundation Scholarship Competition. She has appeared on Interlochen’s Public Radio and made her orchestral debut in Slovakia. Additionally, Erin has had the honor to play in masterclasses for teachers such as Emanuel Ax, Lydia Artymiw, and Peter Takacs.


Lucy Yue is a senior who is a Conservatory Honors Fellow, specializing in the visual arts. As an artist who started experimenting with the brush at the age of three, she enjoys working with all mediums ranging from watercolor to oil painting and charcoal. Her artworks, accumulating over six Gold Key awards, four Silver Key awards, and one Honorable Mention award from the Scholastic Art Awards, demonstrate her excellence in the artistic field. She also displays her roots as an Asian American by practicing traditional Chinese brush painting and calligraphy. Her outstanding skills are acknowledged with national-level awards from the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts. She also had the opportunity to exhibit her works at the New Museum of Los Gatos, Pacific Grove Art Center, and Carnegie Hall. Lucy is thankful for her support group of family, friends, and art instructors, who have made her into the artist she is today, for their constant love and encouragement.


Stanford Yu is a sophomore and is a Conservatory Honors Fellow. His passion for music started on piano and broadened to violin and viola. He is part of the CYS Senior Orchestra as a violist. He also won multiple competitions and performed in several recitals with all three instruments. Besides piano solo, Stanford is fond of playing duos or trios with his friends. He hopes that he will be able to keep performing for everyone for the rest of his life.


Alina is a senior and part of the Conservatory Honors Fellow Program as a Visual artist. She has been drawing for 13 years, and specializes in design, oil painting, charcoal drawing, and photography. To her, art is not only a means of capturing the beauty and complexity of the world, but a way to communicate what words cannot. She would like to thank the Conservatory community for giving her the opportunity to express her ideas, and her family and friends for their consistent encouragement and support.



Mia is currently a senior and a Conservatory Dance Honors Fellow at Valley Christian. She has been dancing since the age of five. Technically trained in Chinese Classical dance, she started competing folkloric solos with her studio at 12 years old and has since earned numerous regional Top three titles. This is her fourth year on the VCHS Vivid Dance Team: her second year serving as an officer. She has competed with the team at the regional and national levels and placed Top ten as a soloist at Contest of Champions and West Coast Elite Nationals in 2021. She is very grateful for all the opportunities and support the Conservatory provides and wants to thank her parents and the community for their encouragement and love.


Esther is a senior and a Conservatory Honors Fellow. She has been doing art for over 12 years and has been featured in several gallery exhibitions and literary magazines. Most of her works are done digitally, but she grew up with traditional mediums like color pencil, oil paint, and gouache. Esther is an aspiring visual development and illustration student and hopes to work in the entertainment arts industry in the future.




KINDERGARTEN CHOIR Alexander Afshar, John Aghassi II, Jackson Aghassi, Dustin Aoalin, Stella Boekestein, Rhys Brager, Emma Breiland, Asher Cannistraci, Neev Chadha, Aaron Chai, Josiah Choi, Elenah Cobos, William Conway, Emma Cordova, Felicity Dang, Caleb Daugherty, Angela Deng, Davis Dries, Olivia Ervin, Fiona Griffiths, Cameron Hering, Tiffany Hormozian, Kaden Huesca, Lauren Jung, Dominic Kim, Kayla Kim, Aiden Lee, Alice Lee, Ryan Li, Jeremy Liu, Jaythan Mariscal, Jayne Martinez, Piper Mayer, Peter Nangoy, Naomi Netsanet, Theodore Nguyen, Zion Olaleye, Zaya Pennix, Gabriella Proctor, Bradley Redmond, Jackson Redmond, Lennox Roush, Vansh Shanbhag, Kinsley Silva, Brayden Simon, Greyson Smith, Ryan Solorzano Wong, Liam Staubli, James Stockhaus, Savannah Stockhaus, Jaxon Sugishita, Calvin Thomas, Emmeline Tin, Jeremy Wang, Gavin Wei, Lincoln Wheatley, Dorothy Williams, Jonathan Xiu, Eleanor Xu, Xin-An Xu, Cyrus Yang, Aiden Yun, Edmund Zhang, Claire Zheng FIRST GRADE CHOIR Samuel Adkins, Nicholas Afentoulis, Marc Alcantara, Peyton Ancheta, Mathias Angulo, Jordan Antonel, Christy Basanese, Aviana Basanty, Jadon Beasley, Aarini Bhavsar, Mason Blauman, Myles Blauman, Damari Brown, Sophia Brydon, Leo Chen, Zachary Cho, Erin Chung, Crew Cochran, Colton Daily, Oliver Day, Audrey Denena, Julian Erazo, Ethan Freeman, Jacob Fugate, Abigail Green, Celine Gyger, Collette Haase, Avery Haddad-Stewart, Ryan Hopkins, Elizabeth Huang, Anisha Jain, Lucas Jiang, Leona Jiao, Lena Jung, Chloe Kang, Haven Kim, Isabella Kinnis, Averie Le, Louis Lei, Isaac Lin, Esther Liu, Noelle Love, Elise Luu, Evelyn Ma, Miranda Mannina, Colton Merk, Nathan Moon, Presley Morrella, Samyra Naik, Aria Nair, Noah Ng, Gianna ONeal, Aarav Polavaram, Adhvaith Ramesh, Everly Rasmussen, Isaac Ro, Chloe Rong, Jordyn Sawkins, Khamryn Sengsourith, Dylan Shaw, Lena Streichardt, Peyton Summers,Adam Tafralis, Carson Tao, Darryl Tapp, Noelle Tseng, Nanxi Wu, Elissa Yeo, Alice Zhang, Philip Zhao SECOND GRADE CHOIR Jacob Brien, Thomas Buschmann, Brandon Butchart, William Cannistraci, Elias Chaplin, Ethan Conway, Abigail Dang, Phoebe Faucette, Robert Fiore, Scarlett Gaffney, Isaac Gerlach, Ivor Griffiths, Yasmeen Gyger, Sofia Haddad, David Hampson, Kalaigho Hipolito, Harrison Hoshii, Sophie Hsiao, Chizhi Huang, Chelsea Jiang, Elliot Kim, Morgan Koepplin, Caleb Kraver, Hosanna Kwan, Aaron Lin, Rebecca Liu, Joshua Loofbourrow, Dina Matheou, Eleni Matheou, Caleb McDonald, Natalie McIntyre, Cash Minnis, Haven Mora, Ethan Nguyen, Mina Nguyen, Eliott Nyberg, Edugisle Pasternak, Sachin Rajesh, Kensington Rasmussen, Christian Realini, Uriah Rogers, Shiloh Scilingo, Ella Shankar, Siddhant Sharma, Jamie Slattery, Jack SolorzanoWong, Claire Tafralis, Esther Tang, Oliver Tang, Kellan Thomson, Ethan Tong, Kaedence Tuttle, Genesis Velasco, Nathan Velazquez, Aidan Wang, Elizabeth Wheatley, Raleigh Winter, J aiden Xiao, Ziyao Yi, Yihang Zhou THIRD GRADE CHOIR Caia Acuat, Andreas Amanuel, Solyana Amdeberhan, Akari Arrington, Shigemasa Azuma, Jalen Bartholomew, Indiana Basanese, Elizabeth Bateman, Mattea Blauman, Zara Briski, Luke Chen, Hyeonjin Cheong, Soyul Choo, Chloe Cochran, Logan Crawford, Evangeline Dang, Hannah Daugherty, Luca Deac, Zoe Delgado, Jonathan Delke, Drew Dries, Jason Giammona, Alan Gooding, Gwendolyn Griffiths, Stella Hamilton, Roger Han, Bethany Ho, Wesley Homrich, Kaitlyn Huesca, Annabelle Kang, Sophia Kang, Hayden Kim, Chloe Kuo, Daniel Lee, Elisha Lee, Tong Lin, Ziming Lou, Corinne Love, Liam Mangubat, Charley Merk, Noah Nangoy, Peyton Nguyen, Alisa Okhlopkova, Katerina Panagopoulos, Zoe Panagopoulos, Chelsey Park, Jack Reynolds, Julianna Robertson, Pierce Rush, Camryn Sawkins, Lexi Shanahan, Matthew Sienicki, Gracelyn Silva, Jackson Stockhaus, Sadhana Swaminathan, Ethan Talamo, Davina Tang, Lindsay Tao, Taylor Tapp, Vanessa Tow, Camilla Truong, Sofia Umansky, Charlotte Van Der Veen, Ruby Williams, Toby Williams, John Winter, Christopher Yang, Vivian Yuan, Sofia Zaragoza, Mark Zeidan, Lucas Zhang


FOURTH GRADE Michael Afentoulis, Eva Allen, Dylan Aoalin, Aiden Barnes, Ethan Barnes, Albert Beasley, Aarav Bhavsar, Isaiah Blunt-Smith, Alexis Bonham, Amaya Bushnell, Mira Chakravarthy, Brooklyn Chiodo, Noah Cho, Evan Choe, Jinu Chun, Leanne Chung, Jared Cu, Jeffrey Deng, Jaylen Eiland, Lauren Fiore, Lukas Francisco, Miguel Gaeta, Dante Gallo, Isaak Gonzalez, Myles Gustafson, William Herrin, Andrew Hu, Leo Jiao, Ian Kartiwa, Takumi Kinoshita, Cohen Koepplin, Noelle Kraver, Vienna Kwan, Jayden Liu, Yongqi Liu, Kyler Malinowski, Audrey McDonald, Robert McLaughlin, Christopher McNulty, Jackson Merk, Katherine Meyer, Avianna Nazzal, Ryan Ninan, Aubrey Oden, Inho Park, Jacob Proctor, Ashvath Ramesh, Tomas Santos, Abhiram Seetala, Benjamin Selbst, Ariya Shi, Ace Smith, Owen Smith, Hannah Sponseller, Isabella Staubli, Niels Streichardt, Haley Sue, Larry Summers, Jerry Sun, Veronique Tankiewicz, Cody Tanner, Xavier Taylor, Rebekah Varghese, Dominic Viduya, Zoe Waago, Ruoqing Wang, Sebastien Wang, Matthew Williams, Adelyn Wilson, Scout Wolfe, Aadya Yadlapati, James Yao, Tessa Yao, Andrew Yin, Catherine Yu, Emily Yuan, Zoe Zhao, Hanyue Zhou

FIFTH GRADE Aaryanna Aaron, Nicholas Andriyuk, Matthew Bateman, Amelia Beiter, Caroline Beiter, Kaitlyn Bowers, Nicholas Brager, Trevor Burnett, Jagger Burns, Olivia Buschmann, Aisha Chadha, Myra Chadha, Seryn Chang, Ethan Chen, Easton Chong, Liam Co, Dylan Cook, Gavin Crawford, William Delke, Dylan Dries, Mackenzie Ellis, Kidus Ephrime, Alyssa Farsai, Ramsey Faucette, Jax Gill, Aaron Granado, Jordan Guven, Cameron Gyger, Jaxson Hamady, Elijah Harrison, Travis Hering, XiWen Hu, Tehillah Jebaraj, Taehoon Kim, Thatcher Kim, Ani Kouyoumdjian, Calleigh Lee, June Lee, Maren Leggett, Emma Li, Gordon Li, Milla Lim, Noelle Lim, Livia Litman, Jeffrey Liu, Nathan Liu, Michael Lynch, Mason Mannina, Gemma Marfise, Jeremiah Mariscal, Alex Martinez, Theodoros Matheou, Paxton Mattos, Mason McGugan, Zachary Mendoza, Neah Menne, Noam Mistry, Ansley Moshier, David Nae, Karishma Nagra, Alexis Nauck, Chloe Nyberg, Khloe Oliveri, Isena Orpia, Michael Pattinson, Ava Perez, Braeden Power, Anjali Prabhakar, Dennis Pyper, Michelle Rao, Tyrus Realini, Noah Root, Travis Rudy, Reyansh Sadhu, Anthony Sakai, Isabella Sankus, Xyla Sankus, Anish Sarangee, Blake Schmidt, Mia Scilingo, Ryan Shamloo, Aiden Shankar, Aldric Shi, Eunho Shin, Azal Siddiki, Eshaan Singh, William Slattery, Coleman Smith, Miles Smith, Anay Srivatsav, Ishaan Srivatsav, Carter Stockhaus, Jaelen Taan, Eric Tam, Jonathan Theus-O’Connell, Jaylin Toreson, Charlotte Van Meter, Alexis Vander Veen, Chloe Vartanian, Bowen Wang, Zhonghao Wang, Avery Watson, Beatrice Wong, Evangeline Wong, Charles Zhang


Junior Conservatory


JUNIOR HIGH INTRO TO CHOIR Daniel An Cataleena Belaski Rahul Dorairaj Siena Guardino Ashlyn Hayes Isabella Khoury Eva Lundgaard Revathi Mekkoth Keva Rino Annika Schwarte Sarah Suh Madeleine Van Meter Sofia Yiu

JUNIOR HIGH CHOIR I Cassandra Alvarez Abigail Brackett Madison Cook Abigail George Nicole Guo Saanvi Juneja Julia Lee Annabelle Luo Junxian Mao Ryan Miller Mikaela Olsen Joshua Prabhakar Amber Shi Natalia Szmauz David Thomas

JR ENCORE Christine Agbonbhase Anya Chen Liliana Cluck Akshay Datla Calista Ding Ivy Guo Aaron Huang Andrew Huang Lucas Huang Stephanie Lee Michael Liu Michael Louis Jessica Ma Sanvi Naik Mahi Nanda Myra Paul Olivia Quinones Olyvia Reza Dana Sun Lillian Sun Katelyn Wang Gavin Wells Riley Wilson Chloe Xiao Serene Yang Summer Yang


Audrina Zhang Kaylee Zhang Isabella Zhu


Isabella Su Evangeline Koo Luca Zhou Diana Zhang Aiden Zheng Sean Chae Amanda Olson

Kayla Ahn Sophia Licalsi Chelsea Lu Addison Wolfe

Bass Clarinet


Jerry Fan Stephanie Lee Kevin Zhu Logan Sutton

David Kim Lena Lee Noah Phan Edward Townsend Vivian Zhang

Bass Clarinet Isobel Kwong

Alto Saxophone

Yuna Lee Ameya Mellachervu Lillian Sun

Tenor Saxophone Calix Lee


Kieran McMorrow

French Horn Riley Wilson

Joel Kent Sophia-Denise James

Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone Ryan Beiter

Baritone Saxophone Darius Deac Wesley Elliott

French Horn

Hannah Wheeler


Zachary Rudy Isabella Nardelli Vivaan Rao Daniel Nae Cole Elliott



Stuthi Jaladanki

Joshua Prabhakar Jasper Yip Bryan Hu





Samuel Zeng


Sarah Bae Felix Gu Jessie Wu Dana Sun Hanna Hsieh Eva Pai Claire Luo Daina Oh Diya Vatsavai Amanda He Natalie Kim


Sonia Lee Jooa Lee Aimee Ding Tiffany Zhang

Matthew Vasquez Eila McGinley

JUNIOR HIGH INTRO TO DRUMS Chase Blitzer Arissa Cao Evelyn Gittens Xander Hardy Evan Meyer Jonah Olson Cody Ould Marcus Owens Andrew Rank Shubhaan Rastogi Deja Saipaia Yichi Zhang

JUNIOR HIGH DRUMS I Brandon Chow Diego Fonua Dylan Gouveia Daniel Hankins Jun Jiang Ginger Kaelin Nishaan Koneru Zachary Lammers Karina Maciel Suvir Maniktala Krishivar Nalagandla Mason Nguyen Shaurya Panda Myra Paul Samuel Parmenter Nicholas Qi Anthony Shybaila Beau Staats Caleb Vartanian Alex Xu

JUNIOR HIGH DRUMS II Joshua Hsieh Jayden Leggio Maya Patience Sidharth Swaminathan Dylan Zhao


Yicheng Feng Jordan Kim Sradha Namala Owen Tran Dhriti Vaghela Yunxi Zhu


Charlotte Hoshii Arianna Nauck


Kian Gaubatz


Ainsley Andrews Anthony Au Ethan Leighton Co David Hwang Benjamin Li Rachel Li Aditya Poduri Yujia Wang

Jeremy Hu Arash Keyani - Principal 2nd Violin Lumi Kim Ellie Lee Sylvie Lee Grady Li Zimo Li Kelly Liu Darcey McCarley Samantha Mcewen Benjamin Nie Hannah Paquiz Amy Park Ranjani Sagayaraj Serena She (Concertmaster) Jeffrey Tan Justin Yang Brayden Zhu


Pranav Saroha Abigail Yu Principal Viola


Aiden Kim Principal Cello Luke Kim Leo Shao Christopher Wang


Elly Chen

JUNIOR HIGH CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Serena She - Violin I Benjamin Nie - Violin II Aiden Kim - Cello Chloe Ding - Piano


Carissa Chen Hilbert Chen Benjamin Ho Cheng-Han Lu Ankita Nag


Vishnu Parthasarathy


Christian Blue Ridley Myers


John Wu


Carter Bonham Philina Chen Lin Cui Litian Gu Ruby Han


High School


Machelle Ahmed Orion Arroyo Camille Baham Maya Bangalore Genesis Bateman Rachel Bauer Daniella Brady Athena Chen Zoey Chen Elizabeth Conly Jeremy Darrow Sarah Dorsey Lea Fujitaki Jena Fujitaki Diya Goyal Sophia Haddad Skylar Hutchins Tanya Kamp Anjali Khiani Ethan Kim Heena Kim Abigail Kitsis Katherine Lopes Kristen Louis Madelin Luft Ananya Manoj Nathan McCann Sienna Oliveri Danica Pham Haley Purdy

Christian Rosas Adeline Ryan Elias Ryan Keya Shah Daniel Shin Natalie Symmons Aaron Trigg Kayla Truong Owen Wong Justice Yun Andrew Zhang Yinan Zhou


Munan Cheng Jeston Lu Mikayla Wu Erin Yu


Emily Guan Wesley Sun


Cindy Xu


Celina Chen Matthew Deng

Classical Guitar Eric Wang


Oscar Angulo Conner Gordon Stephen He Hyun Hong Jennifer Hu Joshua Kim Rebecca Ko Richey Li Destiny Pham-Tran Aaron Vander Veen Allison Yen Eleanor Yu


Anirudh Kalahasti Chao Yun Ting Stanford Yu Mythreyi Venkateswaran


Claire Law Ryan Wu Yiqi Xu Annabel Yeoh Sihyeon Yoon


Noreis Yu Brandon Zhang

Double Bass Elias Garcia


Nishi Kumar Victoria Ngai


Daniel Hwang


Zoe Allen


Brock Jones Anna An Jonathan Wang Victor Huang Albert Luo Andrew Zhang Ronak Mohapatra


Sophie Ahn


Anthony Paul


Aiden Bergey Catherine Lu Alice Yoon William Chen Theodore Kim David Yu Henry Li Kohei Hashimoto Elizabeth Conly

Bass Clarinet

Orion Arroyo Logan Klenske


Brandon Haghnazari Michael Shi Dylan Li

Alto Saxophone Vedant Kulkarni Leo Huang Miya Fujikawa Alex Lin Shayan Mohanty Kenneth Chia Aansh Khanal

Tenor Saxophone Austin Le

Baritone Saxophone John Gmuender


Jonah Wu Noah Lee Evan Delong Joshua Adams Lucy Peterson Ishika Korla

Tenor Sax

Zackary Homrich Aiden Bergey

Bari Sax

Nathan McCann


Nina Huang



Skyler Andrews Calvin Lee Johnson (Zhaozhong) Cao Anthony Galetti


Jeremy Darrow



Jacob Anderson Daniel Lee

Daniel Shin Gabriella Brady Anneliese Nauck


Ethan Chung



Jack Eatherton Zachary Lindemulder

Alto Saxophone


Bari Saxophone

Ford Davenport Siddharth Chaturvedula Josiah Huber Miles Elliott

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE Spencer Chi Leo Chun Isabella Foreman David Hsieh Matthew Li Max Liu Sonal Nagaraj Noah Sakaitani Devin Shah Jason Shi Kai Vostermans Eric Zhu

Isaiah Caruz Sofia Clark Titus Fletcher Declan Higgins Anson Lau Oritsetemi Maku Milan Marino Donovan Patience Varun Puvvala Jake Singleton Vienna Trinh Rishi Wadhwa Dylan Wong Darrin Yoon

Sheryl Hsu Joshua Thompson Marcus Failla

French Horn Lucas Pun Lilly Metz


Lyndsey Brashears Justin Shi


Ann-Mei Sun Conner O’Brien James (Junzhe) Liu Maya Janardhanan Joseph Zhang


Holly Thompson


Priyam Das


William Chen Apollo Papaioannou




Mr. Troy Gunter Director, Conservatory of the Arts Vice-President, Valley Christian Schools

Mr. Reggie Coates Guitar Studies

Mrs. Chloe Diepenbrock Associate Director of Operations Mr. Dave Hook Associate Director of Virtual Learning Mrs. Michelle McLaughlin Associate Director of Student Learning Director of Dance Arts, K-12 CONSERVATORY DIRECTORS Mrs. Jill Carlson Director of Visual Arts K-12 Mrs. Myra Kaelin Director of Theatre Arts K-12 Mrs. Michelle McLaughlin Associate Director of Student Learning Director of Dance Arts K-12 Mr. Iain Roush Director of Media Arts Mr. Jeffrey Wilson Director of Music Arts K-12


Ms. Katelyn Dietz Woodwind Studies Mrs. Melissa Gunter Piano Studies Ms. Sandy Hanes Elementary Music Mrs. Lily Homer Strings Studies Dr. Scott Homer Director, Strings & Orchestra Program Dr. Michael Jones Brass Studies Mr. David Sankus Percussion Studies Mr. Ivan Utomo Piano & Vocal Studies Dr. Marcus Wolfe Jazz Studies


Faculty and Staff

CONSERVATORY OPERATIONS & SUPPORT Mrs. Dena Armeniakos Mr. Robert Rubino Mrs. Mary Creel Mrs. Colette Evans Mr. Justin McPherson Mrs. Rachel Nigh

In Appreciation Valley Christian Schools’ Conservatory of the Arts expresses its gratitude to Mr. Andrew Bales and the Symphony San Jose staff for supporting the Christmas at the California concert series. In Appreciation Valley Christian Schools’ Conservatory of the Arts expresses its gratitude to Ms. Sandy Hanes, as she retires this year after 14 years of serving Valley Christian School’s Conservatory of the Arts, Valley Christian Elementary School, and the entire Valley Christian Community.

Mr. Keaton Miller Mrs. Lianne Rydquist In Appreciation The Conservatory would like to thank Beverly Blount for supporting our Christmas Chorale and the Conservatory of the Arts.


Annual Gifts to the


Each family is asked to contribute annually in support of Valley Christian Schools. Annual gifts to the WARRIOR FUND are used to increase the general operating budget for the fiscal year and to ensure that each student at VCS has the opportunity to succeed. The executive leadership team is committed to being good stewards of your generous contributions by providing excellent opportunities for every student—from award-winning academic programs and extracurricular activities, to outstanding facilities and maintenance, and much more. Support the WARRIOR FUND at one of our exciting upcoming events:

uest Ball presented by Extend the Gift

8th Annual Quest Ball Dinner and Auction

Golf Classic 27th Annual Golf Classic

April 23, 2022

Volunteering is a great way to connect with the VCS community, so email to get involved!

May 16, 2022 We look forward to welcoming back the VCS community for a round of golf and a day of fellowship at the 27th annual Golf Classic

Thank you for partnering with us in creating Warriors: tomorrow’s leaders properly equipped to serve God and family while positively impacting their community and the world. Extend the Gift Office 408.362.7644


Our Christmas Prayer ~ A Family Tradition Our Father, thank You for sending Your only begotten Son to earth as a baby so many years ago. Thank You that Jesus paid the punishment for my sins by dying on the cross. And, thank You that He has the power of God to defeat death through His resurrection for everyone who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior. Let the lights of the Christmas season remind me of Christ as the Light of the world. May Your Word penetrate my heart as I receive Your gift of eternal life by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We rejoice with the heavenly angelic hosts as our children and every member of our family receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, for now and for eternity. We are so grateful, Lord Jesus, that whoever believes in You will not perish but have everlasting life. This Christmas, we celebrate that You came to the earth You created to save me, my family, and the entire world. In the mighty name of the King of kings and Lord of lords, Amen.


MISSION STATEMENT Valley Christian Schools’ mission is to provide a nurturing environment offering quality education supported by a strong foundation of Christian values in partnership with parents, equipping students to become leaders to serve God, to serve their families, and to positively impact their communities and the world.

VISION STATEMENT A world where every student pursues their personal Quest for Excellence™. FOUNDING STATEMENT Valley Christian Schools supports the homes and churches of students in providing an education that is grounded in the Judeo-Christian values of the Bible, as reflected in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Valley Christian Schools is committed to a Quest for Excellence™ in all of its educational programs, and provides a comprehensive kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum with a rigorous college preparatory program. Firmly founded on Christian values, Valley Christian Schools challenges youth to aspire toward lives of character, service and influence while pursuing their individual Quests for Excellence. valleychristam

vcs_warriors To support VCS, please call the Extend the Gift Development Office at (408) 362-7644.

Elementary (408) 559-4400 | JH (408) 513-2460 | HS (408) 513-2400 | (408) 513-2500 | 100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA 95111

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