Jose (Toto) Betancourt
CHAMPIONS CAMPUS | PIANO | GROUP PIANO | CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP BAND
Jose Betancourt began his musical studies at the age of 6 years old. He studied music at the conservatory of “Jose Angel Lamas” in Caracas, Venezuela. During his time there he was classically trained in piano performance, composition, musical production, and earned a Bachelor degree in education and a Masters in Music. Starting his musical career at such an early age has allowed him to expand his knowledge in a variety of musical styles such as jazz, latin, contemporary, classical, and many more. He was ordained as Music Minister, and has served in different areas within the ministry. He has served in churches in Houston, Texas, and Tampa, Florida. He has participated in multiple recordings for national, and international Christian artists as producer, arranger, and director. Jose Betancourt was the academic coordinator for the national institution of “Canzion”, now he serves as the principal director of “Centro De Estudios Musicales.” He also has experience as a Musical Director for different Christian and secular touring artist. He is currently serving at Champion Forest Baptist Church as the Music Director.
CHAMPIONS CAMPUS | ART CLASSES
As a Christian Visual Artist my appreciation for the creative arts goes beyond the “art” in it self, but is more a reflection of who we are in God’s eyes, created in His creative image. Therefore as all good things come from him, I believe in developing this gifts, and in honoring Him with them. I have been drawing since a little kid and have experience in prop building and painting, different media painting, and Interior Design. It is my goal that you will discover and develop your creative gifts with our Beginner and Intermediate classes.
CHAMPIONS CAMPUS | PIANO
Carolyn Gibbens began teaching piano lessons while still in college. She graduated from U.T.S.A.(The University of Texas at San Antonio) with a Bachelors in Music Education, and had nearly completed her Masters in Choral Performance when she married her college sweetheart and moved to Houston.
Finding Champion Forest Baptist Church soon after, Carolyn has had the privilege of being an adult choir member, a praise team member, and of teaching WOW(World of Worship)at the church since 1990. Carolyn's passion is teaching students the foundational principles of music, so they can become excellent musicians and worshipers.
CHAMPIONS CAMPUS | VOICE
Emily began her vocal studies at age 9. By the time she was 11 she had begun competing as a vocalist. When she graduated high school, Emily had earned over 100 gold medals, and been selected multiple times for the TPSMEA All-State Choir. Emily holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Bryan College, where she sang in Chorale, Chamber Singers, and on the Worship Team. She also performed lead roles in the Bryan Opera Theatre, including Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. Emily has been teaching voice since she was 16, and has experience teaching all styles of voice, from opera to southern gospel.
CHAMPIONS CAMPUS | GUITAR | GROUP GUITAR
I learned to play the guitar many years ago so I could accompany myself singing hymns and never dreamed that one day I would become a music teacher. But I did, and recently retired from teaching music in Houston ISD. After learning the guitar, I discovered that I had an aptitude for music which helped me learn to play other instruments. Music helps me say things, especially worship music, that words alone cannot say as well. I believe most anyone can learn to play an instrument and have fun doing it—the reason I love to teach—and I especially love teaching beginners, whether children or adults.
CHAMPIONS CAMPUS | PHOTOGRAPHY
Brett Vasconcellos has been serving in ministry as a Creative arts / Communication Specialist for 8 years. As a Cinematographer and photographer, He strives to capture what God is doing around our church and around the world. (Brett route)
I’m excited to teach you how to move from taking pictures, to capturing moments with one of my two classes.
CHAMPIONS CAMPUS | DRUMS
I was born and raised in church and have been in the ministry my whole life. Music has always been a part of my family and it’s a legacy I will forever hold close to my heart. I play drums since the age of 5 and have been playing professionally for more than 10 years. My goal is to always strive for the best and teach my students not just to be amazing but to grow their passion for music through their instrument.