Evan started playing the piano at age of 7. His father who played multiple instruments such as piano, guitar, and violin greatly influenced his musical journey. It was during his college years that he discovered the only rival for his love of playing music was teaching that love to others. He taught elementary and middle school students before attending the Musician's Institute, a world-renowned music college in Hollywood, in 2010. He had the privilege of learning from some of the greatest contemporary guitarists and musicians such as Dean Brown and Allen Hinds, just to name a few. He performed rock, blues, and smooth jazz in bands with his colleagues at local venues around Hollywood before acquiring a Bachelor's Degree in guitar performance in 2015. In October of 2017, he opened Evan's Guitar Academy in Ladera Ranch, California, where he taught multiple instruments such as guitar, ukulele, piano, bass, and drums to students of all ages and garnered a good reputation in the community. Now he continues his mission to teach music under the name Evan's Music Academy.
Donnie Rasmussen has been playing piano/keyboards for almost 40 years. He is well versed in Jazz, Classical, R&B, Blues, Gospel, CCM, and Traditional Worship, and numerous other styles. He has played on over 50 recordings of various groups and artists that have been played around the world. A published songwriter, he enjoys bringing out the creative side in people and teaching them new ways to enhance the quality of their own music. In addition to regular piano-teaching styles, he has also developed a blended method of teaching that gets new students to play songs within their first session. His goal is to help grow his students' love for music and piano while they learn the 'mechanics' of playing. He believes that if you love the instrument you play, it makes the learning experience more fun, rewarding, and long-lasting. He teaches music theory in addition to reading various styles of music notation. A father of 2 children himself, Donnie is a patient and encouraging teacher and works with all age groups at all skill levels.
Zach began playing guitar around the age of 10. Since his dad was a drummer, there were a variety of musical instruments around the house while growing up. When Zach decided to choose guitar, he began taking private lessons as well as playing in the jazz programs from middle school into college. He also played actively in his church from a young age. After college, he moved to Los Angeles and has been working for years as a professional guitarist. Zach plays for artists such as Madison Beer, Melanie Fiona, Teo, Major, and many others on recordings and tours around the world. He is also the music director for Saddleback Church’s LA campus. Zach has enjoyed playing all different styles from rock, funk, RNB, jazz/blues, pop, country, and more. One aspect of teaching Zach enjoys is watching students experience the same excitement and growth musically that he has shared in his life.
Kevin Comer is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, ukulelist, and bassist from New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated cum laude from Musicians Institute with a B.A. in guitar performance and the 2016 Outstanding Student award. Kevin has over 20 years of playing and performance experience, and over 10 years of teaching experience. He's a former Musicians Institute teaching assistant who taught and tutored bachelor's and associate's degree students in ear training, theory, and reading. He also played guitar as a house band member in numerous performance-based courses and audio engineering courses. He's the former bassist and acoustic guitarist of Union Church of Los Angeles in Downtown, LA, and a former guitar and ukulele instructor at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Kevin is the music director and guitarist for Shock Proof, a 90s alternative rock cover band. Kevin loves to teach and play music and enjoys a wide variety of musical styles. His favorites include blues, classic R&B, funk, jazz, latin jazz, fingerstyle, classic rock, and 90s alternative and radio rock.
Zack Eden Hofer
Zack Edenhofer has been playing guitar since he was 7. He took lessons from his father and eventually began playing in the high school ministry band at his church while also playing in the jazz ensemble at his school. Currently, Zack is studying music as a senior at Concordia University Irvine and plays lead guitar at multiple churches in OC. He has also recorded a few EP’s with the churches he has played at, and is currently working on an album with the Commercial Music department at Concordia. He is fluent in most styles of guitar, but specializes in rock, blues, country, and pop. Zack loves teaching because he wants to inspire others to love music just as his father inspired him.
Jariel Navarro is a worship leader, professional singer, composer, and vocal arranger/producer. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico and gained most of his musical experience through his local church. At the age of 11, Jariel participated in various talent shows, singing contests, and church events. In 2014, he started studying classical music at the University of Puerto Rico and he became a member of the University Choir directed by Carmen Acevedo Lucío. In 2016, he received a scholarship to finish his undergraduate education at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston. Majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production, Jariel had the opportunity to expand his knowledge in music theory, songwriting, composition, arrangement and, production. He also gained vast experience through studio session work as a lead singer, background vocalist, producer, and arranger. In 2020, he moved to California and currently works as a Worship Leader at Saddleback Church.
Mezzo-soprano Tivoli Treloar is a Voice Performance major at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. In 2020, Tivoli appeared in UCLA Opera's production of La descente d'Orphée aux enfers under the direction of James Darrah and Grammy Award-winning conductor, Stephen Stubbs. Currently, Tivoli is singing Cherubino in UCLA Opera's filmed version of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. Tivoli also sings with the UCLA Chamber Singers and is a member of the Vocal Gluck Ensemble at UCLA. Tivoli is a pianist and has played keys during weekend services at Saddleback Church Lake Forest for over 8 years. She has also played clarinet for several years in concert bands, jazz big bands, and jazz combos. Tivoli strongly believes in the importance of music education and is passionate about sharing her art with the community.