Arts Academy

IMAGO Dance Instructor, Kellie Burnett, was born in Jacksonville, Florida and began dancing at the age of three. After moving to Texas at the age of nine, she was accepted into the NorthEast School of the Arts (NESA) at Lee HS and graduated under the Dance Program in 2014. She has performed multiple times at the Spurs Halftime and has been a soloist in the NESA Senior Performance.

Kellie attended Belhaven University in Jackson, MS, originally pursuing a BFA in Dance. In the interest of moving back home, she transferred to UTSA and graduated in December of 2017 with a BA in Multidisciplinary Studies with a focus in Dance, Kinesiology, and Communications.

After realizing her love of pedagogy through her experience at IMAGO, Kellie became an Adjunct Professor of Dance at San Antonio College where she enjoys helping her students grow technically and artistically. Kellie has experience in various genres of dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern, improvisation and is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique. She hopes to inspire others to use their artistic gifts to glorify the Lord and worship His name with their God-given talents.

Suzie Rocha - Voice Instructor

Suzie Rocha is a native of San Antonio, brought up through music in Northside ISD schools and her family’s church choir. Throughout middle school and high school, she sang in choir and took piano lessons and voice lessons. There was never any doubt that music would always be a part of her future.

She earned her BM in Music Education and her MM in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance, both from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
She has over 27 years of experience teaching choir and private voice to middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults. She has run summer All-State choir camps for UTSA and SACC, and was IMAGO Arts Academy’s first Coordinator and Voice Teacher.

Suzie has performed with the San Antonio Opera and the San Antonio Chamber Choir. She enjoys singing a variety of solo vocal styles from opera to pop, but her favorite genres to sing and to teach are Art Songs and Musical Theatre. She currently works at the Geneva School of Boerne as Assistant Choir Director and Fine Arts Executive Assistant, where she also teaches private voice lessons and provides piano accompaniment for solo competitions.

Her passion is encouraging singers at any stage in their vocal journey by helping them to truly appreciate their voice. This is accomplished through the discovery of techniques that build range, breath support, and good tone quality, as well as choosing song repertoire that students connect with and love to sing.

Suzie is a member of First Baptist Church of San Antonio. She has been a part of the FBC Sanctuary Choir since 2005, has sung in the Logos praise band, and recently joined the FBC Orchestra, where she has found a new love for playing percussion.

Dan McBain started drawing on the back of a church bulletin as a child (and a PK) in the Midwest. His family moved to Deep South Texas when he was in Junior High, at which time he took every art class he could get his hands on through public school. Dan is a graduate of University of Corpus Christi with a BA in Art specializing in painting. He coaches painters and teaches Beginning Drawing and Advanced Drawing—including Portrait and/or Life Drawing—at Inspire Community Fine Art Center here in San Antonio.

His artwork is on display several times each year at art shows, restaurants, Inspire (where he teaches), and even here at FBCSA. The batik collage at the balcony entrance coming from the office suite at FBCSA is an example of his work.

Dan can usually be found second row center in the choir loft, his ministry of choice.

Dr. N. Seth Nelson has earned a DMA and MM in organ performance at The University of Michigan, under the tutelage of Dr. Marilyn Mason. While there, he was also the first to earn the Certificate in Musicology, writing a thesis on the pipe organ controversy of the Puritans in New England. He earned a BM from the University of Texas at San Antonio as a pupil of Dr. Bess Hieronymus. There he received numerous awards for his work as an organist, pianist, and accompanist, and was honored with the Presser Award, graduating from the UTSA Honors College Summa Cum Laude.

A passionate church musician, Nelson is Organist at First Baptist Church of San Antonio. Previously, he has been Interim Organist at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Austin, and Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Brighton, Michigan, and Faith Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. Dr. Nelson, an Associate with the American Guild of Organists, maintains an active concert schedule and has performed in France, the Czech Republic, Poland, England, Germany, Austria, and in the United States. Equally comfortable on the piano as the organ, he is in high demand as a collaborative musician. Nelson is the accompanist for the San Antonio Choral Society and is on the accompanying faculty of Trinity University.

Chaney Rutherford

Chaney Rutherford’s love for music took root in Uvalde, Texas, when his parents enrolled him in violin lessons in 1984. At only 4 years old, he still remembers the excitement of learning a song and the joy it brought to those for whom he performed. Although the violin was fun and challenging, he soon took an interest in the guitar and has not put it down since.

Along the way, he studied various styles of guitar including classical, bluegrass, western swing, fingerstyle, and praise and worship. He has played professionally in the greater San Antonio area for more than 20 years.

Chaney graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in classical guitar performance, having studied under Mark Anthony Cruz. While in college, he participated in numerous guitar quartets and jazz combos. He played violin with the Texas State Orchestra and has performed twice at Austin’s Guitars Galore Festival.

Since 2009, Chaney has managed Hearts’ Home Acoustics, a boutique guitar shop in Boerne. All the while, he has continued teaching guitar and other instruments to students of all ages, a vocation he has enjoyed, since 2002.

Chaney began serving at FBC San Antonio in 2007. He regularly helps in leading the band-led Logos service, as well as serving weekly in the traditional services, alongside his family group, Word from Home.

When he’s not serving around the community, Chaney can be found at home, playing music alongside his wife and four children—his favorite songs of all.

Jennifer Zaccagni began her study of the piano at the age of 6, taking lessons from her Mother who was a piano teacher. By age 8 she was accompanying her children’s church choir and she has continued in that capacity as accompanist and collaborator until the present. Her music education included a Bachelor of Sacred Music in piano performance from Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois, the MAT from Trinity University in San Antonio, and a Master of Music with emphasis in Choral Conducting from UTSA. After graduating from college in Illinois, Mrs. Zaccagni moved to Springfield, Illinois where she accompanied the Oratorio Society, Opera company and was a member of the symphony. Additionally, she taught piano at McMurry College in nearby Jacksonville, Illinois. She also maintained a private piano studio while playing both organ and piano in area churches. Since moving to San Antonio in 1985, she has served as pianist for the Children’s Chorus of SA, been a staff accompanist at UTSA, a rehearsal accompanist for SA Master Singer’s, and frequent Region and All State accompanist. She has also served as choral director in numerous High Schools throughout the city and area. Her calling to minister as church musician continues at First Baptist Church where she plays the piano for services and concerts. She continues her love of teaching piano as a part of the faculty of Imago. Her passion is to impart to others what she has learned throughout her lifetime of music making.

Sergio De Los Santon

Sergio De Los Santos is a classical guitar player and holds two AA degrees in Music and Music Business from San Antonio College. He currently attends Texas State University in San Marcos, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of renowned composer and performer Mark Cruz. Sergio plans to continue his studies with a Master of Music History and eventually obtain a Doctoral Degree in Ethnomusicology from UT. He began playing at age 9 and has since won several scholarships such as the San Antonio Gardenia and Musical Club Scholarship. His classical guitar studies began with Terry Muska at San Antonio College, and he has also performed in Master Classes for Michael Chapdelain from the University of New Mexico, Jason Vieaux from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Pepe Romero from the University of Southern California, and Juan Carlos Laguna from the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico. Sergio currently plays all types of music on a regular basis in and around San Antonio. From 2006 to 2012, Sergio was the host and producer of a weekly radio show, Jarabe de Yoyotli, that he created for KSYM 90.1 FM in San Antonio. After transferring to Texas State University, Sergio continued producing radio for the University’s station, KTSW 89.9 FM in San Marcos, until the summer of 2013. Sergio also owns and runs SA Pedicabs, the most successful pedicab company in San Antonio.

Mark Oehlert has used his God-given talent to create art for over 40 years. Earning a BA in Advertising Design, he has made a living for more than 35 years as a successful designer and illustrator. Nurturing an interest in fine art painting throughout his lifetime, he sought out other painters, studied their techniques and began to create his own works of art. His favorite subjects to paint include much of God’s beautiful handiwork in the Rocky Mountain high country, particularly around Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. His accomplishments in the field of fine art painting have earned him many awards, accolades, and inclusion in numerous private collections, exhibitions, and invitations to fine art shows across the US.

Mark has maintained a working studio in San Antonio since 1987, teaching private lessons for both children and adults. In the last 10 years, he has taught a growing number of students in the homeschooling community. “I believe that everyone is born with an innate ability to create. As a teacher, I help my students discover that God-given creative ability and bring it into the visual realm. In my classes, we work together to develop and use that ability to communicate an individual’s vision of beauty.”

Aaron C. Hufty serves First Baptist Church of San Antonio as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Music. He directs the Sanctuary Choir, Chapel Singers (youth choir), oversees the vibrant children’s choir and hand-bell pro-grams. Aaron has also implemented the Orchestra at First, the First Fine Arts Series, and the Imago Arts Academy. Prior to full-time ministry Aaron spent his career in the class-room. Most recently he was a Lecturer at Baylor University where he taught conducting, music appreciation, the Baylor Women’s Choir, and created VirtuOSO – a contemporary a cappella ensemble. He also spent nine years in the public school sys-tem. He has been very active in the local community serving as the chorus master for the Lyric Opera of San Antonio, the artistic director of the San Antonio Choral Society, and the chorus master of the Mid-Texas Symphony. Aaron was also a charter member of the San Antonio Chamber Choir. He received his BS in Vocal Music Education from Northwest Missouri State University; his MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at San Antonio; and DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin. Aaron lives in San Antonio with his wife, April, and his daughters Rachel, Susannah, and Jessica.