For the past five years, we've had the wonderful opportunity to hire Worship Interns. The program is geared towards college-age music students who seek hands-on experience to explore the nuts and bolts of a modern church music program. They lead up front in the traditional service, participate as musical leaders for the Chancel Choir, grow in their faith, explore what "Worship" means and participate in the contemporary service on occasion. Former interns have spoken of the strong experience and education they have received here.
This year, we have one from Fresno Pacific University and one from Fresno State University. Let me introduce them to you.
Heidi is a native of Fresno and attended Bullard High School. She is currently a Music Education major at Fresno Pacific University where she participates in several vocal ensembles and plays in the University Handbell Choir and Handbell Quartet. When she graduates she plans to be a high school choir director, go to graduate school for Vocal performance and perform in the community as much as possible.
She loves Chinese food, opera, musical theatre, and the colors maroon, plum purple and navy blue. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, reading, and watching Youtube. Growing up Heidi attended several churches with contemporary worship. After entering college she experienced traditional/liturgical services and fell in love with the style. Through this internship, she hopes to increase her skills as a Music Education major and go deeper with God. She is very excited to make relationships with the members of FPC and worship here.
Kenneshae is from Clovis and attended Buchanan High School. She is majoring in Choral/Vocal Music Education at Fresno State University. After graduation this year she intends to continue her education at CSUF seeking a graduate degree in conducting and she hopes to teach high school or junior college choral music. Someday she also hopes to have a children's choir because of her love for children and her desire to give them quality musical experiences.
Kenneshae applied for the intern program because she was most interested in the opportunity to perfect the craft she hopes to do for a living: conducting. As she grew up, her mom was the director of music at a temple and an Armenian Church so she has experienced a variety of religious music and environments. She feels blessed by the Lord in so many ways and is grateful for this opportunity. She loves the color pink, cheeseburgers (could eat them daily), Disney, going for walks at night or hikes in the mountains and enjoys singing folk music and Celtic music in her free time.