Grammar School Music / Imago Dei Music Therapy / Choir / Bells / Chimes 2008
Mrs. Brown has been involved with Trinity’s Fine Arts since the spring of 2008, when she was brought on to direct the Choir. Her role expanded in 2009 when she was asked to teach a Rhetoric school elective, which is how the Crimson Handbells were created. In 2010, Jennifer joined forces with the music teacher to provide general music classes to the ever growing and expanding Trinity student population and taught the 4th-6th grades. By 2012, the previous music teacher left to start her family and Jennifer stayed on to take over all of Kindergarten-6th Grade general music class. By 2013, Transitional Kindergarten classes had also been added to her role, as well as her cherished role as Music Therapist for the Imago Dei grammar students. The general music classes, Crimson Handbells, Music Therapy and the after school enrichments of Crimson Choir and Crimson Chimes are all a part of the musical contributions that Jennifer gives to Trinity.
Though originally a vocal performance major at Pasadena City College and Northern Arizona University , Jennifer ended up graduating in 1996 from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Music Therapy. She worked from 1995-2001 as the Educational Consultant and Music Therapist for the Sound Listening & Learning Center in Pasadena working with the Tomatis Method of Auditory Integration, while also privately providing music therapy services to those with Autism, Down Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Delays, Asperger’s, Williams Syndrome, ADD, DDHD, Cerebral Palsey, and those with Speech and Developmental delays. In 2002, Jennifer started her own small business called Music & Movin’… an early childhood music program serving children 0-5 and offered Mommy & Me classes, birthday parties, piano lessons, music therapy and music services for preschools. You can visit http://www.musicandmovin.com for more information. In addition, under the Santa Clarita Master Chorale, Jennifer founded and directed the Santa Clarita Children’s Honor Choir from 2010-2016, and continues to this day to direct children’s choirs and performs herself as a Soprano in churches, and for weddings, funerals, and other special events.
Jennifer is married to her husband, Tom Brown, the Fine Arts Director of Trinity. Together they enjoying seeing their own three children on campus as they pursue Trinity’s mission of becoming young men and women of virtue, wisdom, purpose and courage.
– BA, Music Therapy, California State University, Northridge
– CBMT, Board Certified Music Therapist
Band / Orchestra / Jazz Ensemble 2010
Mrs. Hernacki is a professional musician, conductor, soloist, Christian recording artist, music educator and clinician and has been the conductor/director of Grace Baptist Praise Symphony Orchestra and Director of Kids Praise Choirs for over 18 years. She was honored in 2008 with the “Community Hero Award” for outstanding commitment to music education in our community. She is married to her husband Stan and they have two adult sons, Matthew and Christopher.
BM, Music Performance, California State University Northridge
Melanie has played violin since she was 8 years old; she was formerly a professional studio singer, has performed in musical theater and other live venues as well as serving on a worship team at church for 30 years. She is currently the director of Trinity Strings, Vocal Director at the Sanctuary Church and lead vocal and fiddle player in the band- “Travelin Light.”
Trained with the Suzuki Association of America in violin and viola books 1&2, cello book 1 and bass book 1 and the Every Child Can course.