In September 2017, Wayne became RCCSL’s choir director, bringing to the position decades of musical experience which started at age 5 when he sang solos and duets in the Mennonite Church. He has served as a featured tenor soloist, high school music teacher, private music teacher, and director of church, university and community choruses in Hawaii and California. Wayne was the founder of the Antelope Valley Children’s Choir and Palmdale Community Chorus. He earned a conducting certificate from a summer clinic at the Juilliard School in New York. He is a member of Raincross Master Chorale, serving on its board of directors, and has been tapped to conduct rehearsals for the annual Messiah Sing Along at the Riverside Stake of the Church of the Latter-day Saints. Wayne has been married to Dr. Kasey Wilson for nearly 30 years and has three grown children and four granddaughters.
Yvette Brandy, Director, Voices of Light Youth Choir
Yvette Brandy, who directs the RCCSL youth choir, is a singer, songwriter and storyteller. Born and raised on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Yvette has performed with the California Philharmonic Chorale and Orchestra; has written several musicals and a four-part harmony choral composition, "Virgin Islands Christmas". In addition to her writing and stage performances, Yvette conducts seminars and workshops for parents, professional and aspiring storytellers.
Al Yankee, woodwinds/pianist/vocalist
Al joined the music ministry at the Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living in 1999 as a featured sax and flute soloist and over time his contributions have grown to include singing and songwriting. As the founder of the New Thought Music Festival, Al produces and hosts this important annual event which takes place at RCCSL on the second Saturday in March.
Al’s New Thought music is featured on Internet radio station Gratitude Radio, among others. His CDs, All There Is, was released in 2010, and Be Love, was released in 2015. Al is the owner of Legacy Artists and is much in demand as a performer at festivals, theaters, concert halls, and New Thought centers throughout Southern California. Find out more about Al and the festival on Facebook.
Matt has been volunteering on the sound board for church services since 2009 and was named head of sound ministry in 2013. He holds a sound engineering certificate from Pinnacle College of Sound Technology in Alhambra. He is a musician who plays drums and piano, and is a composer. Matt loves the sense of community at RCCSL and appreciates the support it gives him. He's glad he can offer his support in return.
Elijah is on the soundboard technical team and can usually be found after services in the Communications Center duplicating CDs. He has been in-house photographer for the Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living since 2007. Elijah received his bachelor of fine arts degree from California State University, Fullerton and was a senior events photographer for Life Touch Portraits in Riverside for nine years. Now he operates a family photography business and is learning to play the saxophone.
Sign Language Interpreter
Dan Castle, RScP
Dan is a native ASL signer, long-time teacher, interpreter of the deaf, and ASL book author. Dan has been signing and interpreting at the Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living for 17 years.