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Director of Music Ministry

Dr. David Wilson, with his extensive knowledge and experience, brings to Christ Presbyterian Church a passion for a well-balanced music ministry.  He is Professor Emeritus from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.  For twenty-seven years he guided the graduate choral and sacred music programs and conducted university choral and orchestral ensembles.  As chair of the sacred music degree he taught courses in hymnology, church music administration, history of church music and music in the liturgical church.  In addition, he was artistic director and conductor of the Long Beach Bach Festival and Director of Music at Riviera United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach.  At Riviera he directed the Chancel Choir, the Chancel Bells and oversaw the children and youth music program. 

GRAY-HEIDI-164 (2)Mrs. Heidi Gray

Leader of Praise and Worship Team

Heidi is a wife and mother of three who is passionate about worship, and believes that, as a Christian, worship is our first and most important duty.  She longs to bring her passion for worship to the people of CPC, and focuses each Sunday on making God the center of it all.  Heidi and Rev. Simmons create a service that uses contemporary songs and music styles without giving up the meat of a traditional Presbyterian Service.  Heidi is blessed to work with superb musicians in the Praise Team.

 

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Mr. Vitaly Serebriakov
 
Pianist
 
Russian pianist Vitaly Serebriakov is an award and prize winner in numerous international competitions, and has performed recitals and in concert in Russia, Europe, and the United States.
 
Vitaly began his formal education at age eight and later studied with the renowned Natalia Fish at the Balakirev College of Music. A recipient of the Award for Talented Youth given by the Ministry of Science and Education of Russian Federation, Vitaly toured major cities in CIS region and participated in concerts and festivals organized by the College of Music and the Nizhny Novgorod State Glinka Conservatory.
 
Currently, he is working on his dissertation and has completed all course work with highest honors leading toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at Arizona State University, studying with noted Professor Robert Hamilton. He served as Faculty Associate for the Piano Department at ASU and currently is piano instructor for the ASU School of Music Preparatory Program. Vitaly is also pianist in residence at Christ Presbyterian Church in Goodyear, Arizona where he accompanies the choir and plays for the services.
In addition, Vitaly has studied extensively with renowned pianist and educator Vladimir Feltsman, a student of Yakov Flier and Evgeny Timakin and a proponent of the Russian Piano Tradition—the tradition of Vitaly’s deeply held musical and cultural legacy.