Crossroads Worship Arts Academy

8255 Bell Oaks Dr Newburgh, IN 47630
Phone: 812-858-3082

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The Crossroads Worship Arts Academy is working hard to bring you an exciting 2017! Stay tuned for information on classes and programming beginning in the new year!

The Crossroads Worship Arts Academy is a fine arts school offering instruction in the arts for all ages. In every aspect of our program, you will find faith-based education that impacts the talents of its students and their spiritual well being.

The Crossroads Worship Arts Academy student experiences spiritual truths and disciplines that anchor and guide them into a faith-filled life in Christ. This is provided by:

  • Prayer for and with students held in every lesson and class
  • Bible scripture memorization by all students
  • Devotional application

What joy we can experience as Christians when we present our creative talents in worship and service to our Heavenly Father. What a greater joy we will come to know when we share, mentor and guide others to do the same!

"Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet," praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

Psalms 150:3-6


In group class instruction students learn together while all striving for the same goal. Classes are offered at every level, for specific ages and mixed ages. All classes have prayer, devotional time and Bible memory verses.

Areas of GROUP CLASS Study

  • ART

Music is an art of sound and silence in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.

Dance is a type of art that generally involves movement of the body, often rhythmic and to music. It is performed in many cultures as a form of emotional expression, social interaction or exercise in a spiritual or performance setting, and is sometimes used to express ideas or tell a story.

Art is expressed in many different forms, from drawing to photography, we have many classes that will allow the inner artist in you to blossom.

Theater is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place. These performances are often combined with music and dance to tell the story to the audience.


In the private lesson, the students will work one-on-one with an instructor, receiving personalized instruction and immediate correction. Private lessons are available in 30 minute increments. These lessons will focus on technique and repertoire and well as prayer, Bible memory verses and devotional time.





Kelly Dora
Cornet and Trumpet Lessons

Kelly is the Behavior/Autism Specialist for the Warrick County School Corporation. He has a passion for all children, but children with special needs in particular. He has dedicated his life and career to serving God by using his gifts for helping others in this capacity, as well as through activities in Crossroads Christian Church's music and worship department. He believes that God gifts everyone with abilities that allow us to serve Him, by serving others.

Kelly attended the University of Evansville where he studied Trumpet while pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Kelly has worked with the Castle Band Programs as a Trumpet Instructor and in other capacities for the past 8 years. Kelly has served as mentor to many students over the years while providing trumpet instruction, and has a passion to help his students not only improve their musical abilities, but to work to maintain a Christian walk.

Kelly plays trumpet in the Crossroads Church Big Band, the Crossroads Orchestra and Crossroads Horns. Mr. Dora plays Soprano Cornet for the Bend in the River Brass Band, which won their division at the North American Brass Band Association's National Solo and Ensemble Competition.

Madison Dora
Drum and Marimba Lessons

A senior at Castle High School, Madison has been playing percussion, drums and mallet instruments for several years. Madison is a music lover. If not at home, she can be found at church or school for band activities. Madison believes that God has blessed each of us with very unique and special gifts and is grateful that her special talent is in the music and percussion field. She prays that she can bless others with God’s help through music and teaching.

Charllie Favreau

In 2010, Charlie became the music director at First Baptist Church in Louisville, IL. He led worship Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. He selected music for the services, organized the services, worked with soloists, small groups and the adult choir. He also worked with children and teen choirs.Charlie is a 2009 graduate of Pensacola Christian College earning a Bachelor degree in Music Ministry. On graduation, he attended Pensacola Theological Seminary before coming home to Effingham, IL, to pursue his dream of leading his own music ministry. Charlie has always loved music, especially singing.

After moving to Evansville in 2012, Charlie joined the worship team at Crossroads Christian Church. He regularly sings in weekend worship as a member of the vocal team and as a soloist. He is a vocal coach in the choir and leads the men’s sectional rehearsals. His involvement in the music ministry is deep and rewarding. Charlie believes that a healthy combination of God, music and ministry is how he should live his life and will always be encouraged through friends and family to do the same day after day.

Jonathan Hogan
Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet Lessons

Jonathan received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Louisville in May 2011. Jonathan has studied saxophone, flute and clarinet, which he has taught privately since 2008. He has worked with many different band programs teaching private lessons and general class instruction. Jonathan currently works full-time at H&H Music in Evansville as an instrument repair technician. He has performed all over the world from St. Petersbug, Russia to New Orleans, LA. Jonathan also regularly plays in various performing groups such as After Hours, The Crossroads Big Band and Orchestra, the Evansville Symphonic Band, the Evansville Philharmonic, All Put Together and Velair 7.

Krista Hogan
Low Brass Lessons

Krista graduated from the University of Louisville in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Education, where she was awarded the Helen Boswell Award in Music Education. As a trombonist, Krista has performed in places such as Killarney, Ireland as well as Carnegie Hall in New York. Upon graduating, she returned to her hometown of Newburgh and taught at Castle North Middle School as the Assistant Band Director for two years. She is now the General Music Teacher for Castle North Middle School. She has taught sixth grade to twelfth grade students privately for six years on trombone, euphonium and tuba. Her other teaching experiences include working with the Castle High School jazz ensembles and marching band, as well as the Castle North Middle School jazz ensembles and the Holy Name School band program of Henderson, KY.

As a trombonist, Krista performs with the Crossroads Orchestra and Big Band, the Evansville Symphonic Band and other freelance performance.

Beth Johns
Piano and Violin

Beth has been an elementary school principal for the past 15 years, serving children at Tekoppel and Highland Schools in Evansville, and most recently at Farmersville Elementary in Mt. Vernon, IN. Prior to becoming a principal, Beth was an assistant principal at Highland and taught at Vogel. She has a passion for helping children learn and grow. She loves the Lord and wants to work toward helping the kingdom. Being part of the teaching staff at the Worship Arts Academy provides an arena to witness and promote spiritual growth while teaching an instrument.

Crossroads has been Beth's home since becoming a member in 1995. Beth plays keyboards in weekend worship and has played violin in the Crossroads Orchestra. Over the last 20 years, she has served in various roles and responsibilities on the music ministry team and has also served on the communion preparation team.

Beth played both piano and violin while growing up in Evansville, studying with accomplished teachers on both instruments. She was a leader in her violin sections in local, city, and state orchestras. She participated and placed well in competitions on both instruments. Although she pursed an education degree instead of music, she previously taught both piano and violin. Beth has a BS from USI in elementary education. From ISU, she earned masters and doctorate degrees in Educational Administration / Leadership. Dr. Johns has a passion for learning and teaching others.

Pat Moore
Drum Lessons

Pat began playing drums at the age of 11. This started the journey through life enjoying and playing different styles of music. Pat played 6 nights a week with different bands for over 25 years including backing up many top name performers in the industry. He has taught drums for over 35 years at Moore Music which he founded in 1976.

After several years playing in the secular field, Pat started attending Cullen Avenue Christian Church now Crossroads Christian Church. He was asked to play for the services. To quote Pat, “That is when my life and playing changed. I met David Rinehart, the music minister, who taught me how to worship when I play. ‘To give all of the glory to God.’ It wasn’t about me anymore!”

Mark Morgan
Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Mark has been playing guitar for over 30 years. He enjoys various styles of music, but his favorite is praise and worship. Mark has taught guitar lessons for several years and loves helping others hone their God-given gifts. He considers it a humbling opportunity and approaches it with a prayerful attitude. Mark first learned to read music in the school band in fifth grade. He believes that there are several ways to learn to play guitar and he likes to teach all methods including written music, tabs and chord charts. Although he mostly plays by ear, he continues to study music and learn music theory.

Mark has been married for 30 years and has been blessed with three children. His family is all involved at Crossroads Christian Church. Mark plays guitar as a member of the worship team and is a member of the choir.

Jennifer Parker
Piano Lessons

Jennifer is a 2005 graduate of Union University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She taught general music classes for four years in grades K-8 in both public and parochial schools. Jennifer is a member of Crossroads Christian Church with her husband, Jeremy. She participates in the Crossroads Church Choir and leads worship for Refuge and weekend worship.

She believes there is nothing better than using her passion for music to worship the Lord and is thrilled to have the opportunity to help others to do the same through the Worship Arts Academy.

David Rinehart
Piano Lessons

David Rinehart graduated in 1994 from Kentucky Christian University with a degree in Music Ministry with a major in piano performance and minors in voice and conducting. David has been a part of the ministry of Crossroads since 1986 and on staff in music and worship ministry since 1994. David has been involved in ministering to all ages through his tenure at Crossroads and has had many different roles in worship ministry. David currently oversees the Music and Worship ministry and media ministries of the church, which includes over 500 volunteers and 15 staff members. David directs the Crossroads Church Choir and leads weekend worship services at the church. He is a member of the Crossroads leadership team and is on the executive team of the Crossroads Worship Arts Academy.

He is passionate about using the arts as a tool for discipling others, equipping others for ministry, growing up worshippers of all ages and intergenerational worship. David is married to his wonderful wife Lucinda and has three beautiful daughters Josie, Sophie, and Rylie.

Mark Roethemeier
Cornet, Flugelhorn, Trumpet Lessons and Math Tuoring

Mark has played the trumpet, flugelhorn and cornet since grade school. He graduated with a BS in Computing Science from University of Evansville. Throughout college, Mark played trumpet recreationally at UE in student ensembles and pep band. Mark is retired from Alcoa after 30 years of service. He is a past president and board member of the Bend in the River Brass Band where he played cornet and flugelhorn in this ensemble. He also played cornet with the Red Bank ReUnion Band which is the only Civil War era band in the State of Indiana playing authentic period music. He currently plays at Crossroads for weekend services, mission trips, and Big Band events, teaches beginning trumpet and enjoys tutoring math/algebra focusing on middle school/high algebra concepts.


Jane Stevenson
Piano Lessons

Jane believes that learning to play the piano is a fantastic adventure. For 33 years, she has enjoyed sharing God’s gift of music with hundreds of children and a few adults through teaching piano lessons. She has taught lessons in her home and was the music teacher for a private Christian elementary school for a few years. In college, Jane studied piano and piano pedagogy. She graduated from Ozark Christian College with a Bachelor degree in Christian Education.

Jane’s general goal for piano lessons is that students will become competent musicians, performing for others and playing for their own pleasure. She does not enter students in contests, but does encourage them to participate in recitals. Practice is expected. Parents should keep in mind that the younger the child, the more involved the parent will need to be in daily practice.

The most important thing to know about Jane is that she loves Jesus, her husband, her family, her friends and music. She agrees with Johann Sebastian Bach, “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” Amen


Carina Wahlstrom
Violin Lessons

Carina has played the violin for eight years in eight different orchestras. She has also performed at nursing homes, in the Crossroads orchestra and in statewide competitions. Carina has also volunteered at VBS and went on several mission trips to Dearborn, Michigan. She is thankful for the connections God has made for her through the church. She realizes how her love and devotion for Him as grown over the years she prays that she can be a companion for other.

Jamie West

Jaimie graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1994 earning a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She then went on to earn her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University in 2003.

 Jaimie taught Kindergarten and General Music in grades 1-6 at Newburgh Elementary School for 20 years. She recently resigned from full time teaching to devote more time to her family. She is truly forward to working part time with children and music in a Christian environment. 

Jaimie resides in Newburgh with her husband Scott of 18 years and her two daughters Carlie and Ellie.

Anne Wilcheck-Schuessler
Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone Lessons

Anne Wilcheck-Schuessler is very blessed and excited to be a mentor for the Crossroads Christian Church Worship Arts Academy. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Evansville and then went on to complete her Masters in Clarinet Performance at Indiana University. She has been a proud member of the Crossroads Music Ministry since 2001. She has performed professionally with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra since 1984, the Evansville Symphonic Band since 1998, and was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic for 23 years. Anne has been a music teacher for 23 years and is currently employed with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. Anne has taught private lessons for 30 years and her students are among the best in the tri-state area. Several of her past students are also band directors and music teachers in our community. Music ministry is a huge part of Anne’s life and she wants to share that love and appreciation with every person she teaches or comes in contact with. When Anne is not teaching or performing, she enjoys spending time with her family: husband Jeff, son Christian Burch, step-daugther Cydney, son-in-law Josh Hohimer, and step-son Dane.



  • Stay tuned for information regarding our upcoming musicals.

From time to time, recitals and arts shows are held to allow our students to share their gifts in a public forum.


Stay tuned.