Camelback School for the Arts, a ministry of Camelback Bible Church, offers beginning classroom instruction in guitar, keyboard, violin, dance, voice, and art. Lessons are taught after school and are approximately 45 minutes in length. All of our instructors have many years of experience teaching within their teaching discipline as well as an educational background to match. The mission of our school is to encourage students to develop their God-given gifts and talents. Classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 – 4:45 pm.
CSA also offers Summer Camps. Our June and July camps feature a variety of activities to keep children active, give them opportunities to make new friends, and expand their artistic horizons. They will learn new skills in painting, keyboard, guitar, dance, and drama. The primary goal of this camp is to encourage, nurture, and nourish each child’s unique creative spirit in a safe and loving environment. For more details or to register online, click each event below.
Camelback School for the Arts Faculty
Leonard Valencia. Leonard, Director of Camelback School for the Arts, also serves as Director of Children’s Music for Camelback Bible Church. He and his wife Tammie have been members of Camelback Bible Church for over 30 years. He has served in every music ministry from vocal to handbell, children to adults. Leonard holds a degree in business with an emphasis in economics and studied music extensively under Dr. Douglas McEwen at Arizona State University and Dr. Harvey K. Smith, the legendary Phoenix Boys Choir director. While in college He had lead roles in many light operas as well as the role of Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls” and Melchior in “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Additionally, he was bass/baritone soloist in “Messiah” and many Bach motets.
Richard Chelpka. Richard is the district orchestra specialist for the Mesa Public Schools. He is well known as an educator, adjudicator, and clinician. As a violinist he performs with both the West Valley Symphony and the Symphony of the Southwest.
Duffy Gibb. Duffy Gibb is a speaker, writer, and all-around fan of the church and the arts. As a mother of two little ones and wife to (Pastor) Julian Gibb, she keeps busy teaching ballet to pre-schoolers and coming up with ways for the Church to engage and experience the arts. Duffy has two Masters degrees in Theology and the Arts (Regent College MA ’98, St Andrews, MPhil 2004), was Arts Administrator/Summer School Coordinator at Regent College and has directed art galleries, festivals, Summer Schools and Honors Programs at Oxford University, Regent College, and in a variety of churches and communities. She worked in Washington, DC at The Trinity Forum, on Capitol Hill, danced and raised funds for kids with and without disabilities at WVSA and Ivymount School, and cut her teeth at the AIA and in the Office of the US Surgeon General.
Julie Higby. Julie is currently completing a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in piano at Arizona Christian University. She has been playing piano for 8 years, and teaching for a year. She loves to use music for God’s glory, and to help her students express praise to their King.
Matt Higby. Matt is currently completing a degree in Elementary Education at Arizona Christian University. He discovered his love for theater during his senior year of high school. For the last four years, Matt has been an intern, backstage manager, assistant director, and director in MoezArt Productions; a Christian youth theatre company for homeschoolers. Matt directed the theatre component of Arts Camp in 2014 and returns to the CSA Faculty in summer of 2015 during both Arts Camp sessions as well as the newly launched Drama Camp.
Christine Kyhn. Christine is the Principal Accompanist for several local choral groups including the West Valley Chorale and Scottsdale Christian Academy. She is also the Department Head for the Choral Program at Rosie’s House Music Academy. She holds a degree in piano and organ performance from California State University East Bay.
Judy Moffitt. Judy, a long-time member of Camelback Bible Church, was a professor of art for fifteen years. She is the author of “Viewed from Afar: Master Artists of Long Ago.” The mother of three and grandmother of five, Judy wrote the stories in her book for her grandsons. She accepted the challenge of writing children’s stories about artists from her daughter, Tasha Wahl. Seasoned travelers, the Moffitts’ goal is to take each of their grandchildren on an international trip so that each may experience the world’s cultures and its art.
Guy Whatley. Dr. Whatley is the organist for Camelback Bible Church. He is a well-known harpsichordist and organist and holds a Doctorate in Organ Performance from Arizona State University. He is also a lecturer at Arizona State University’s West Campus and organ or harpsichord soloist with many local and regional choirs and orchestras.
Amy Whitehouse. Amy is an artist as well as an art instructor. She received a B.A. in Art History from Hollins College in Virginia as well as Masters and Specialist Degrees in Education from the University of Florida. Amy has been making art since childhood, her twin passions being painting and teaching art. She has received the People’s Choice Award at the Best & Brightest Art Show. Her artwork is collected throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe. New daily work by Amy can bee seen at the following sites: Amy’s Blog, Daily Painters of Arizona, Daily Paintworks, and Daily Painters Abstract Gallery. Amy has been an art instructor at Camelback School for the Arts since its inception.