Felix Eisenhauer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Collaboration from the University of California - Santa Barbara, a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California, and pursued further independent studies in piano at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany. He currently serves as Music Minister at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a Board of Trustees member with the Rio School District, teaches piano privately, and is both on faculty and an a staff accompanist at Ventura College.
Recently, he was the accompanist and a board member with Pacific Chamber Singers, the pianist at Our Lady of the Assumption, accompanied for Westmont College and Santa Barbara City College, and played for Opera Santa Barbara’s education outreach program. While living in Boise, Idaho, Dr. Eisenhauer taught at the College of Western Idaho, taught private piano lessons, and performed with all the major music organizations in the area, including Opera Idaho, Ballet Idaho, Boise Philharmonic, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Music Theatre of Idaho, and the Broadway Tour of Wicked.
Dr. Eisenhauer's involvement in education is equally long and storied. At VC, he currently teaches Class Piano, Private Piano, and is the Keyboard Instructor for VC’s Schwab Academy of Music. At UCSB, he worked as a coach and accompanist. At CWI, he taught Music Appreciation and served as the Music and Theater Department representative. At USC, he taught Class Piano and Private Piano. He started as a teacher’s assistant at the German-American School of Palo Alto over 20 years ag, eventually becoming a teacher and special projects coordinator for their summer program. In addition to teaching German, he has translated for De Haske Music Publishing and Gold Circle Films.
You can learn more about him at www.felixeisenhauer.com
Assistant Music Minister
Tara Eisenhauer serves as a Minister of Music & Choral Director for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ventura, CA, where she directs and conducts St. Paul’s Choir. The choir has grown from a small handful of singers to 20+ committed and versatile, mostly volunteers who strive for excellence and follow their calling to serve in music ministry. A versatile conductor, singer and musician, she has led and assisted in various ensembles: Pacific Chamber Singers, Ventura College Choir, and various choirs in Santa Barbara. She frequently works with choral groups both in preparation and polishing choral pieces and solos, and brings a unique perspective with vocal science & pedagogy influence to solve common vocal issues. She is available to adjudicate vocal or choral auditions/competitions as well.
As a professor, teacher, pedagogue and technician, Mrs. Eisenhauer enjoys teaching both voice and choir. At the collegiate level, she currently teaches at Ventura College; both voice class and private lessons. She formerly taught at the College of Western Idaho. Mrs. Eisenhauer’s continued passion and education in vocal science and pedagogy has led her to have a thriving private studio, teaching all styles of singing. Many students have gone on to sing in productions & bands of various genres with great success.
After receiving her Undergraduate from the University of Redlands with emphasis in Performance, Conducting, and Composition, she received her Masters degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in Vocal Arts. Mrs. Eisenhauer sang in various summer/singing programs both in Southern California and abroad. As a soprano herself, she enjoys singing all styles of music including classical, musical theater, pop/contemporary, rock, jazz, folk, country and more. Her professional singing career consists of opera roles, (both lead and chorus), and as a soloist and chorister for dozens of masterworks. Mrs. Eisenhauer has performed with LA Opera in several productions. She has also sung with Opera Santa Barbara, and was Opera Idaho’s Artist in Residence for 2010-11 season. In her spare time, you can find her singing Disney songs to her family, jogging the dogs around the neighborhood, reading dozens of books to her toddler, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Learn more about Tara Eisenhauer at her website www.TaraEisenhauer.com.
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Dr. Felix Eisenhauer, Music Minister
Tara Eisenhauer, Choir DIrector/Assistant Music Minister
Sara Edwards, Organist