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Current Music Scholars

Meet the 2020-21 Music Scholars

 
Hailey Ballard
College/University:
Trinity University
Year:
Sophomore
Instrument/voice:
Alto, guitar
I work as an Assistant Worship Leader at both campuses for Trinity Baptist Church. I’m in my second year at Trinity University, and I’m planning on going to law school! I love music, and hope that no matter where I am in life or what I’m doing, I’ll be able to participate in a worship service just like I am now. I also grew up at TBC and have been involved in music here my entire life.

 

 
Sarah Diaz
College/University:
University of Texas at San Antonio
Year:
Junior
Instrument/voice:
Violin, alto
I’ve been involved in music my whole life thanks to my parents and my brother. My brother has been my biggest inspiration, helping me connect what I love to do with my faith. Because he is older, he did the church orchestra and choir first, making me want to follow in his footsteps. I also like to dance and was on the dance team at my high school for four years. 

 
Lindsey Farley
College/University:
Trinity University
Year:
Graduate Student
Instrument/voice:
Soprano
I have loved making music for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I sang in choir at church and at school and when I graduated high school I felt called to share the joy of music with others by pursuing a career in music education. In undergrad, I was blessed to find a church home at TBC and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue making music here for another year while I work on my master’s degree in teaching.

 
Kristen Graham
College/University:
Trinity University
Year:
Graduate Student
Instrument/voice:
Flute, piccolo, cello
I love music, I started playing the flute in sixth grade. In high school I was in marching band and played in the Wind Ensemble. I graduated from Trinity University last year with a BM in Music Education. I currently am working on getting my Masters in Teaching so that I can become a music teacher. I am very passionate about music and I am hoping to be able to teach others how to play music as well. 

 
Patrick Hoppe
College/University:
Trinity University
Year:
Senior
Instrument/voice:
Double bass, tenor
Ever since I can remember I have been involved in music.  Since I was a little kid, my mom would sing with my siblings and I and that’s where it all started.  Now I play double bass, electric bass, guitar, and piano, as well as sing.  Every day I am grateful for the talents that God has given me and I seek to bring him glory through my development and use of these talents. 

Stephanie Littlebird
College/University:
University of the Incarnate Word
Year:
Junior
Instrument/voice:

Clarinet, alto
I’m a junior at UIW studying Biology. I’ve been involved in music for as long as I can remember. I’ve been playing clarinet since age 11. Along with playing in the orchestra, I also sing in the choir.  

Kanyinsola Ojo
College/University:
University of Texas at San Antonio
Year:
Graduate Student
Instrument/voice:

Violin
Kanyinsola Ojo began her violin studies under the baton of Ms. Deena Hardin, as a member of the College Station Independent School District orchestras. A year later, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp, which served as a springboard launching her passion for the violin. An avid church musician, her robust secondary education included participation in large and small worship ensembles, teaching violin lessons at her church, competing in region, all-state orchestras and solo and ensemble competitions, eventually receiving a high school varsity letter for her four years of participation in her school district’s top orchestra.

She completed a B.S. in Political Science at Clarkson University while simultaneously furthering her violin studies at the Crane School of Music with John Lindsey, Concertmaster of the Orchestra of Northern New York. After a short stint in consulting in Washington D.C., she returned to her violin studies, completing a post-baccalaureate degree in Violin Performance at the University of Houston, with Mr. Andrzej Grabiec, prizewinner at the Wieniawski and Thibaud Competitions, and former concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic. She is currently in pursuit of a M.M. in Violin Performance at the University of Texas – San Antonio, under the tutelage of Dr. Nicole Cherry of the Marian Anderson String Quartet. 

 

Lucas Prado
College/University:
Baptist University of the Americas
Year:
Sophomore
Instrument/voice:

Percussion
Music always has been present in my life. I started my studies on drums at 10 years old and on percussion at 11 in Brazil. I grew up playing in several orchestras and involved on the music scene on my hometown. I have a big passion for music and my goal is continue improve my performance and abilities as a musician. I am really glad to be part of Trinity Baptist Orchestra where I can worship God trough my gift.

 
Allison Richard
College/University:
Northwest Vista College
Year:
Freshman
Instrument/voice:
Oboe/Alto
I have been involved in UUMC (University United Methodist Church), and in various school activities. In the church, I have participated in the orchestra, the children’s/student choir, the student modern worship band, and the hand bell choir. In school, I was also in the marching band and the varsity choir. I started going to Trinity Baptist because I felt like  God was calling me somewhere new. Even though I just started only a couple months ago, I have already started getting involved in the worship band, choir, and orchestra. The overall goal I am working towards is becoming a worship leader/director myself. I would also like to be involved in the student ministry wherever I go.  

 

Maíra Viana
College/University:
Baptist University of the Americas
Year:
Sophomore
Instrument/voice:
Flute
I started my studies on the flute at 18 years in Brazil. Also, I have been in the choir of my church since I was 8 years old. My goal at that time was just to have one more skill I could use to praise God, but over time the music became something bigger. That’s when I decided to become a professional flute player. I decided to come and live in the United States to study and improve my performance on the flute. I am grateful to God for the Trinity Baptist Church, a place where I can praise Him through my gift.

 
Paulo Viana 
College/University:
Baptist University of the Americas
Year:
Sophomore
Instrument/voice:
Cello
I started my studies in music at the age of 13 when I learned classical guitar. I became interested in cello after figuring out that one of my guitar teachers also played the instrument. At 18, I started to study cello. I played in several orchestras in Brazil and also taught cello and music theory. In addition, I studied at the renowned municipal music school of São Paulo and at the best music school of Latin America: Music Conservatorie of Tatui where I improved my knowledge. I also served God with my talents at the Baptist Church of Liberty in São Paulo. I came to the United States with a dream and a goal in my heart to study music and become a church minister of music to serve Jesus Christ with my skills and today I have the privilege of being able to praise God through the cello sound at Trinity Baptist Church.