Director and Keyboard Teacher
Martin Mora’s gifts as a producer, songwriter, musician, teacher, and leader are well known. Those who have worked with Martin or seen the growth in those who have developed under his instruction have witnessed his uncommon talents firsthand. For almost twelve years, Martin has energetically pursued his call to equip music teams, leaders, and musicians in our area. During that time, he has built a program of undeniable success. He toured Latin America and the USA with different bands. He is the Worship Arts Director at Sunrise Community Church and the Fusion School of Music Director.
Mandi Bernal is a voice and piano teacher, but currently teaches choir full time at Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified school district. She has volunteered in worship ministry at several churches including her home church, Visalia First, where she worked full-time as a Worship Arts Associate for several years. Mandi first started playing piano and singing when she was 5 years old at Visalia Music School. After seeing the movie Titanic, she was inspired to sing like Celine Dion, and took every choir class available to her. Mandi went on to study Vocal music and music education at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and at Fresno Pacific University. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education, and is a credentialed teacher. Mandi is an experienced Worship Leader and pianist, as well as a voice, piano, and choir teacher. Mandi and her husband currently live in Visalia with their cat JoJo Binks.
Henry Stoops works at Visalia’s First Church of the Nazarene as the technical arts director and has been playing guitar for 17 years. He has a passion for guitar, live/studio music production, and loves to teach or converse anything music or Nintendo related. If he is not playing with his kids or playing Nintendo, he most likely has a guitar in hand. He believes you’re never done learning your instrument and strives to learn new skills on guitar and music production constantly. He toured for about a decade with worship teams and rock bands, playing guitar, building their live multitracks, and programming light shows. He still plays with the local worship band Brazen occasionally. He loves working with worship music at his church, and believes his behind the scenes work helps polish the worship offerings to God. Henry has seen what God can do through musicians who love Him, and is excited to be a part of teaching the next generation.
Jacob Zsido is a member of Visalia Nazarene Church and has been playing bass for the worship team there since 2011. He began playing upright bass at the age of eleven and taught himself electric bass at the age of thirteen. Being one of the few bass players at Mt. Whitney High School, Jacob filled the bass-player need for both orchestra classes and the marching band during his time there. He is a student as CSU Fresno and feels a definite calling to teach. He loves using his music talent to glorify God, and longs to teach others to do the same.
Born and raised in New Mexico, Isaac Rivera attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, and taught band and elementary music out in New Mexico before moving to Visalia to continue his teaching career with Visalia Unified School District. Out in New Mexico, as well as out here in California, Isaac has played in many groups, and has recorded a few albums. He has also taught private drum lessons as well as worked with high school drumlines from multiple cities. Isaac's greatest passion is drums, extending as far out as building his own custom drums that he hopes to one day turn into a drum building business. In the meantime, his time is spent honing his drum building craft, practicing his drums daily, and gigging in various cities with his fun rock band, as well as being a full time band teacher with Visalia Unified. Isaac is extremely excited to be a part of the team, and to share his passion for music!