Music School

About Us

The Clarion Music School offers students of all ages & experience levels the opportunity to engage with music through individual instruction, group classes and ensemble participation. This is a unique combination of encouraging music instruction and sharing musical appreciation, all with the support of the church that is deeply committed to the promotion of fine music. We present a variety of performances & concerts throughout the year, from our Lenten Organ Recital and seasonal vocal showcases, to musical theater, operetta and solo instrumental concerts. For more information on finding a teacher, registering for lessons, or attending our upcoming events, please click to links below or contact the church office.

Meet Our Instructors

Karen Bogart, Piano

Graduating top of her class, Karen Bogart holds both Master of Music & Bachelor of Music degrees from the U of R. She has experience in solo, orchestral, and chamber settings. An accomplished collaborator, Ms. Bogart is an active performer in Redlands and throughout Southern California.

Karen teaches classical piano, music theory, music history, and accompanying. She has experience teaching at the collegiate and high school levels, and currently has students from ages 4 through 60. She believes in customizing her teaching to suit her student’s needs, and focuses on teaching the individual musically, and as a whole.

Stephanie Shepson, Voice

Stephanie has recently completed a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance at the University of Redlands. She has a wide range of solo, recital, and ensemble performance experience, and has a background in classical voice, musical theater, and preparing for the audition process.
From childhood, music was an integral part of her home, school, and church life. Stephanie has since taught vocal lessons to students of all ages and is delighted by the process of discovering and training each individual’s voice for optimum clarity, freedom, and enjoyment!

Ian Kaminski, Violin

Ian Kaminski holds both his B.M and M.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Redlands; he has also studied with many students of the famed Jascha Heifetz lineage, including his last assistant Sherry Kloss. Teaching all that he has learned is one of Mr. Kaminski’s biggest passions, including coaching students in orchestra and chamber music.

Marie Straussenburg, Music Explorers

Marie began playing piano at 9 years of age. She studied piano performance at Riverside City College, and later at the U of R. Aside from teaching piano, she also teaches Music Fundamentals for the annual Summer Piano Camp at the U of R. Marie specializes in teaching music exploration to infants and very young children. She is dedicated to and passionate about preserving music through the education of very young children in our community. Fee & schedule information regarding “Music Explorers” group lessons will be available soon!

Ed Yarnelle, Organ

Dr. Ed Yarnelle received a Master in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit and a Doctorate in Keyboard Performance at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Along with being an active piano & organ accompanist, Dr. Yarnelle is the founding coordinator of the Clarion Music School. He is dedicated to spreading the joy and appreciation of classical music to young & old alike. He is currently teaching Organ as a supplement to ongoing piano instruction.


FCC Players

The FCC Players are very proud to encourage, capture, and share the great gift of music in our community as they produce vocal “showcases”, opera/operetta productions, and more. Our purpose is to both entertain and educate audiences while featuring fantastic local talent.

Our past productions include “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, an original production, “Apologies to Gilbert & Sullivan”, and community Christmas sing-a-longs complete with bells and wonderful fellowship. Follow us for our next productions!

Ensembles & Concerts

Wind, Brass, and String Ensembles provides an opportunity to come together and play for fun. Lacking maybe the intensity of individual instruction, FCC Music School gives a space for all to dust off instruments, get embouchure ready, do a few scales, and come together to see how many “wrong” notes can be played. Performances occur during church services and various planned recitals.

Our Music School is often approached by the community to come and offer free concerts, such as the Redlands Community Chorus under the direction of Jeffrey Rickard. We’d love to encourage any artist or groups to contact Dr. Yarnelle to offer our fellowship their musical sounds.

Lessons & Outreach

The FCC Music School provides individual voice and/or instrumental lessons from talented individuals. Students will receive holistic music instruction as well as perform in recitals and events to develop performance practices. For more information, email or call (909) 793-3157.

The FCC Music School has a strong desire to reach out to spread and share the joy that music brings. A few of our programs for music outreach include the Lenten Organ Recital Series and the Organ Bench Invitations; these programs allow both young and old to perform on our wonderful Turner organ.