Director of Traditional Music and Organist, Kimberly Bedell has been at Incarnation since 1997. She has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Master of Arts degree in Choral Conducting with an emphasis in Church Music from the University of Iowa. Kimberly is an active teacher, vocal coach, and conductor. She is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, Voice Care Network, and both the Palomar and San Diego Chapters of the American Guild of Organists. She also serves on the education committees for both the Palomar and San Diego Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
In 2011, Kimberly was director of and faculty member for the San Diego Pipe Organ Encounter (POE). A POE is a weeklong camp for organists ages 13-18 sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. The camp includes private and group instruction, concerts, travel to see and hear Southern California organs and, of course, some recreation time at the beach. Kimberly was on the faculty for the 2009 San Diego POE. She is on the steering committee for the 2015 AGO Western Regional Convention.
Kimberly is a member of the Greater San Diego Music Coterie, serving as a singer, assistant conductor, and facilities manager. She lives in Rancho Bernado with her husband, Mark, his N-scale train layout and her fresh water aquarium.
Karen Zajac, musician for the Saturday evening service, has a Masters in Music from Northwestern University emphasizing both piano and voice throughout her education. She serviced for many years as a mezzo-soprano soloists for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus and in Chicago area churches and synagogues. She taught elementary music education, also serving as district music coordinator for the Winnetka Public Schools in Winnetka, IL. Karen has been and active piano soloist and accompanist in both the Chicago and San Diego areas.
In October of 2011 Karen was fortunate to receive a heart transplant at Sharp Memorial Hospital. She and her husband, Bob, are very active in the transplant support group at Sharp. They received so much information and support from the group when Karen was ill, and now they feel they can "pay it forward" by helping other patients and caregivers in the same way that they were helped.
Bob Torres, leader of music for the contemporary service, has served at Incarnation as a guitarist for 18 years. Bob plays professionally at nightclubs, social events, recording sessions and weddings. In addition to accomanying a vareity of instrumentalists and singers, Bob performs solo on the classical guitar, as a guitar duet with Richard Worrall, and with the Pacific Guitar Trio. Bob is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 325.
Beckie Steller, Director of Children’s Music, received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from California Lutheran University and a Master of Education degree with a supplement in Music Education from National University. She has directed adult choirs, been a piano and soprano soloist, and accompanist at a number of churches in southern California and Massachusetts. She has been actively involved with children’s music education for the past 20 years: music education teacher in the Poway Unified School District, founder of after school choirs at three different elementary schools, and director of SonShine Singers and Illumination at Incarnation. She is currently a 5th grade teacher at Stone Ranch Elementary in the Poway Unified School District.