Felix Eisenhauer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano collaboration from the University of California - Santa Barbara, a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in piano from the University of Southern California, and pursued independent studies at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany.
He currently serves as the Music Minister at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and as an accompanist for Ventura College, teaches private piano lessons, and is the accompanist, a tenor, and a board member with Pacific Chamber Singers. Recently, he was 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, he taught at the College of Western Idaho, taught private piano lessons, and played for 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.
Felix’ involvement with education is equally long and storied. He started as a teacher’s assistant at the German-American School of Palo Alto 20 years ago, eventually becoming a teacher, and still teaches at their summer program. In addition to teaching German, he has translated for De Haske Music Publishing and Gold Circle Films. At USC, he taught piano classes and private piano lessons. At UCSB, he worked as a coach and accompanist, focusing on vocal music.
You can learn more about him at www.felixeisenhauer.com
Assistant Music Minister
Soprano Tara Victoria Eisenhauer enjoys singing all styles of music. She serves as Assistant Minister of Music for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ventura, CA, where she directs and conducts various ensembles. A versatile singer and musician, she is the Music Director of Pacific Chamber Singers, an audition-based choir in Ventura. 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’s continued passion and education in vocal science and pedagogy has led her to have a thriving private studio, teaching all styles of singing. Her students have gone on to sing in productions of various genres with great success. At the collegiate level, she teaches voice at Ventura College, both voice classes and lessons. She also taught voice at the College of Western Idaho. She also works with choral groups and adjudicates vocal auditions/competitions.
She performed with LA Opera under the baton of Maestro Conlon and Grant Gershon as “Zweite Meise” in Die Vögel (The Birds) and Carmen. She also sang in the ensemble for Opera Santa Barbara’s productions of Madama Butterfly and Aida. As a frequently hired soloist, locally she sang for Ventura College’s Messiah and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with Santa Barbara Master Chorale. Other past favorite performances include Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams, to name a few. Mrs. Eisenhauer was Opera Idaho’s Artist-in-Residence for the 2010-2011 season, making her mainstage debut as Marie in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment. Other roles include Belinda in Dido & Aeneas, Emily in Ned Rorem’s Our Town, La Fée in Cendrillon, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and other roles in Education Outreach programs. Performing around the world, she has participated in programs such as the CoOperative Program in Princeton, NJ, Operaworks!, International Vocal Institute in Hvar, Croatia and the Il Globo Italian School in Florence, Italy.
More about Tara can be found at www.TaraEisenhauer.com
Hello! Thank you for the opportunity to share a bit about myself: My name is Jon Bek. I joined the Episcopal Church as a teenager, and became very active in the life of my Parish when my two eldest children (Catherine and Carolyn) were little girls. I’ve been active in many aspects of Parish Life – men’s groups, social and fundraising events, information technology projects – but Youth & Children’s ministries has always held a special place in my heart, and I’ve loved being a teacher, chaperone, leader, or assistant in many retreats, Sunday programs, and other youth-related activities.
Professionally, I spent 25 years working in Information technology, and transitioned to Higher Education full time in 2011, teaching Computer Information Systems. I began teaching Business Information Systems and Computer Science classes at the university level in 2004. My instructional experience covers a broad selection of Information Systems topics, including systems analysis, database, programming, web and e-commerce technologies, hardware, software, and networking. My professional experience includes 14 years with a major oil company in a variety of IT-related roles and environments, including refining, marketing, retail operations, and corporate headquarter operations. I also have nearly 4 years’ experience in IT systems audit and control, serving as Senior IT Auditor for the California Institute of Technology, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory operated by Caltech under NASA contract. I served the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Information Technology Division as a Senior Technical Project Manager, providing project management of various enterprise integrated application system projects for 6 years. An example is the Central Library Automated System (CLAS), which served over 600 school sites and 700,000 students. I earned a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from the School of Business and Economics of the California State University, Los Angeles, a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Computer Science from the School of Natural and Social Sciences at that same institution, and an Associate of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from ITT Technical Institute. I earned a Computer Information Systems Auditor certification in 2004 (not currently in practice). I currently teach Computer Information System classes as a full-time, tenure-track faculty member of Santa Barbara City College. I am married to our Rector (Reverend Susan), and we have five children, including our foster son (Catherine, Carolyn, Timothy, Teddy, and Caelan) and four grandchildren. My interests include family, teaching, fishing, and continuous learning in the information and computer sciences, and educational technology. I have an unfortunate penchant for puns and incredibly corny jokes.
Director of Communications and Evangelism
Hannah Alday is currently serving as the Intern Director of Communications and Evangelism. She grew up as an active member of St. Paul’s and the youth program. She attended undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego where she studied Neuroscience & Physiology and Ethnic Studies. She is currently working towards a degree in Spanish Bilingualism before attending graduate school in the fall to obtain a Master’s in Public Health. This intern position is created in conjunction with The Abundant Table, a farm-to-table non-profit that emulates the Episcopal Service Corp in selecting and training young adults in leadership development. As the Intern Director under the Comprehensive Growth Project, Hannah works in the Welcome Ministry and coordinating communications.