January Words of Wisdom
Since its inception in the Fall of 2012, the TBC Music Scholars program has brought several of the area’s finest university music students to our church in rehearsal, worship, concerts and special events. Here’s your chance to get to know these talented and committed individuals:
Bethany Mullen is in her third year as a music scholar at Trinity. At TBC, she plays in our Trinity Orchestra, and directs the Young Musician’s Choir. Bethany is in her senior year at UTSA, where she is a Music Education major. Additionally, she holds Performance Certificates from UTSA in both Violin and Viola. Born and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Bethany was raised in a musical household, as her mother is an organist and church music director, in addition to a music teacher at a local elementary and middle school. In high school, Bethany was a member of the Massachusetts All-State Orchestra, the Empire State Youth Orchestra, and attended The Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Additionally, she has attended The Castleman Quartet Program and Quartet Fest West. She has performed throughout the United States, and internationally in Canada, The Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, and Brazil. Here in San Antonio, Bethany has a large Suzuki Violin Studio in San Antonio, and plays in many regional ensembles.
Won Jung Oh came from Korea to San Antonio 4 ½ years ago with her two sons and her husband for his job as an Exchange Professor. Three years ago, he returned to Korea and now she now lives here with her two sons – Jake, a sophomore at Clark High School and Taylor, in 5th grade at Blattman Elementary. She majored in violin at Kyunghee University in Seoul and Hochschule Fur Music at Detmolt in Germany and Maastrichit University in Nederland. She worked 9 years as a violin lecturer in Seoul, Gwanju and Busan in Korea and is currently a student at BUA majoring in music and business. She is the Chamber Orchestra Conductor at the Korean Baptist Church in San Antonio and plays in our Trinity Orchestra. Her goals are to be the best mom to her children and to be the best choir and orchestra conductor for her church. When called and provided the opportunity from a church, she always offers her best; and will be honored to work should someone or some church need her God-given talent in music. She would enjoy teaching children in orphanages.
Brianna Elizabeth Villarreal is from Edinburg, Texas, and is a junior sacred music major at OLLU with plans of becoming a teacher, hoping to teach elementary students first, and perhaps continue on to teaching high school orchestra. Her primary instrument is the violin, having played it for 12 years, participating in orchestra all her school life. In addition to playing the violin, she enjoys reading, watching Spurs games, and the Dallas Cowboys games. She strongly believes in having a relationship with God, and with her family and loved ones are always there for her and help her take the right path. She plays in our Trinity Orchestra.
Samuel Paquot grew up in a musical Christian family where all were encouraged to develop their musical skills at an early age. After music lessons from his mother, he began piano, voice and music theory lessons at age 8, beginning to learn the French Horn at 11. Throughout all this time, their church played a very important role where he performed most of the time. At age 14, he started a more serious aspiration for his musical career, with a worship ministry as his focus, practicing more intently on both, piano and French Horn, and eventually choosing piano as his specialty. He then enrolled in Bible and Theology institutes available in Mexico. After 10 years of musical instruction, the decision was made for him and his brother to come to the States with the goals of consolidating his musical and ministerial formation by completing academic degrees. He is currently a music major at BUA and plays in our Trinity Orchestra.
Daniel Paquot was born in Saltillo, Mexico. While living in Monterrey, Mexico, he and his brother grew up as pastor’s grandsons at first and then as pastor’s sons, with music of prime importance to their family. He began piano studies at age 6 and French Horn studies at age 11. He has been involved in church music since his teen years in choirs, playing piano and French Horn, and congregational conducting. At age 15, he entered the Superior School of Music (Escuela Superior de Musica). He has participated in several masterclasses in piano and French Horn and playing several solo piano recitals, winning second place in his category in the 2010 Parnassos Youth National Piano Contest. He is interested in music arranging for piano, instrumental and vocal settings and is in his second year of music education at BUA. He plays in our Trinity Orchestra.
Gilbert Linscott is a music major attending OLLU. He plays the guitar, sings and participates in most anything involving music. He has his own band, “24th Street” and is involved with a professional mariachi, “Mariachi Infinito”. He also studies violin, voice, and trumpet, and being relatively new to these instruments, they take up most of his leisure time. He enjoys learning and trying new things, especially new musical instruments and styles. At OLLU, he’s training to be a music director and teacher, hoping to have an entire marching band under his direction, and taking them to sweepstakes. So, he participates with many different types of ensembles learning more about directing various groups. As Trinity is the first church Gilbert has ever attended, in his own words “I love it! I love the spirit at Trinity! I hope to stay with Trinity long after college, as it’s becoming more and more a family and home to me. I’ve learned so much, and feel I’ve grown tremendously, both spiritually and mentally, as I meet new and different people who inspire me in so many ways.” He sings with the Trinity Chorale.