Meet the Arts Faculty

Meet the faculty who work hard to bring arts education to Christian Brothers and help our talented students shine.

Art History

Amy Neff

B.A. in Art History, Brigham Young University, M.A. in Education, UC Davis

Amy Teaches AP Art History at Christian Brothers.  She also teaches FCP and CP World History II.  In addition to academics, she moderates Lasallian Youth, attends Venaver and Kairos events and currently serves as the Grad Night Coordinator.

“I love the global nature of art and the AP Art History curriculum. All over the world and throughout time, people have created art. It is one of the things that unites us as humans. I think Art History is important in helping us understand and appreciate different peoples and cultures. Plus, examining a masterpiece of painting or sculpture in great depth and detail is a wonderful way to spend a class period!”

 

Choral

Anthony Lien

B.A. in Music, UC Irvine, M.T.S. in Theology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, M.F.A. in Choral Conducting, UC Irvine, Ph.D. in Musicology, UC Davis

Anthony (Tony) teaches Honors Chorale, Concert Choir, Men’s and Women’s Chorus, and moderates both extra-curricular choirs, De La Femme and De La Dudes. Outside of Christian Brothers, Tony holds the Karate rank of First Degree Black Belt, enjoys golf despite being a “high handicapper”, and sings with Men In Blaque, a men’s choir out of Irvine.  He has traveled with them on tours to South Africa and the U.K.

Anthony Lien leads the Women’s Chorus

“There is nothing I would rather do than teach music because I have seen the profound impact that music study can have on a person. Music is a full body sport.  Its engine is rhythm, and diversity is its strength. Our society wrongly divides people into “musicians” and “non-musicians”, but music is a core part of our humanity, and it changes lives in measurable and concrete ways.”

 

 

Gaw Vang-Williams

B.M. In Jazz Studies and M.M. in Vocal Performance, CSU, Sacramento

Gaw teaches Vocal Jazz at Christian Brothers and conducts CB City Rythm, our Vocal Jazz ensemble. She has taught at VAPAC (Visual and Performing Arts Charter), C.K. McClatchy, Folsom High School, Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, and Sierra College.  She has been the Director of Vocal Jazz Ensembles at CSU, Sacramento since 2014. Under her direction, Sac State Vocal Jazz has taken 7 Downbeat Magazine student awards, and first place college ensemble at the 2016 and 2017 at the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival.

CB City Rhythm performs at the Jazz Concert.

 

 

 

 

“I love teaching because it is worthwhile to see my students succeed in something they work really hard for. I believe that every student has their own unique way of learning music and I am excited to take that journey with them.”

Instrumental

Travis Maslen

B. A. of Music from CSU, Sacramento, M.A. in Theory in Composition in progress at CSU, Sacramento

Travis teaches all instrumental courses at Christian Brothers, including Beginning Band, Concert Band, Honors Band, String Ensemble and  Jazz Band.  He leads the Drumline and Jam Band at CB sporting events. He is also the moderator of the Ukulele Club, and the Orchestra Director for CB Musicals. Away from Christian Brothers, Travis conducts Tuba Christmas, an event that features over 150 tuba and euphonium players from across Northern California.

Travis Maslen hands the baton to Perrin Ramos ’17 to conduct the combined instrumental groups in a final number

 

 

“I’m obsessed with music.  Whether at the school or at home, I’m always playing and writing. I enjoy the freedom to run an instrumental program, and I love including our students in choices about music selection.  Our repertoire is really determined by the needs and interests of our students.”

 

 

 

 

 

Journalism

Dave Anderson ’07

B.A. in English, UC Davis

Dave joined the CB faculty in 2012.  As a member of the Arts department, he teaches Introduction to Writing for Publication/ Writing for Publication II, and co-teaches Live Sports Broadcasting.  He is the Chief Media Advisor for the Talon, CB’s student news publication, and is consulting advisor for KBFT, the student broadcasting network. Mr. Anderson is also a member of the English Department, teaching Sophomore Literature and Composition.  He serves as PA announcer for select Falcon sporting events.  Check out the work of our student journalists at CBTalon.com!

“It is a true honor and thrill to help uphold the strong arts and media tradition  that is synonomous with Christian Brothers High School.  Our students are exceptional in talent and character.”

 Media

Brendan Hogan ’95

B.A. in Communications with a minor in Television, Film, and New Media, San Diego State University, Adobe Creative Suite certified, graduate of the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies

Brendan teaches Video Production 1, Broadcast Journalism (Talon Morning News), Advanced Media Arts, Live Sports Broadcasting, Film Production and Senior Video Production. You can see the work of our media students on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/KBFT. He is a board member of the NorCal Media Educators and has taken students to the Student Television Network Convention for since 2005. Brendan enjoys life at home with his wife and three children.

“I think media education is more important now than it has ever been. The students are bombarded with media and media messages, and there is a direct correlation between learning how to produce media and understanding its messages. In the media arts classes at CB, we are focused on improving media literacy for all of our students.”

KBFT’s video highlights of the best of CB Arts from 2016

Theatre

Michael D. Jackson

Western Stage Theatre Conservatory, B.A. and M.A. in Theatre, CSU, Sacramento

Michael is the Artistic Director of the theatre program, and teaches Theatre Arts and Acting Focus. He moderates the Theatre Society club, directs CB theatrical productions, and supervises the student-written, student-produced One Acts.  He also brings his talents as Costume Designer, Props Master and Scenic Painter to the theatre program.  He has extensive professional experience with California Musical Theatre (Music Circus) and Music Theatre International (theatrical licensing), and has written and directed productions in Sacramento and New York.

The Tempest Elly Award-winning costume design by Michael D. Jackson

 

 

 

“It is a rare privilege to work for a school so devoted to the arts. We have the tools and support to offer students a college-level experience. My favorite aspect of giving students a theatre education is to see them blossom in talent and confidence as they make discoveries about themselves and working with others.”

 

Heather Christianson ’01

B.A. in Theatre, University of Southern California

In addition to teaching Theatre Arts, Heather serves as Technical Director of the George Cunningham ’40 Performing Arts Center, faculty advisor to Friends of the Arts, and coordinator of the Tech Factor, a student group for technical theatre. She has worked professionally for California Musical Theatre (Music Circus), Sacramento Theatre Company, and LA Women’s Shakespeare.

The Royal Family Scenic and lighting design by Heather Christianson ’01

 

 

“Theatre requires all talents. That’s what I enjoy most about it. I get such a thrill from the collaboration of  a diverse group, and the inclusive community it creates.  To be able to foster this environment at my beloved alma mater gives me tremendous joy and satisfaction.”

 

 

Visual Arts

Robert Boriskin

B.A. and Teaching Credential University of California, Santa Cruz

Rob teaches flipped Ceramics classes at CB (Interested? go to his webpage at flippingceramics.com). He also works with a professional potter in Loomis in his free time where he does horsehair and raku firing (lisabonedesigns.com). He has taught at the UC Davis Craft Center and has coached CB Golf for the past two years.

The annual CB Bowl-A-Thon, in which students make and donate dozens of bowls for River City Food Bank’s Empty Bowls fundraiser.

 

 

“I have been doing ceramics since 1969 and continue to find new ways to enjoy the craft. I hope all of you can find something as fun to do with your retirement as I have found teaching at CB.”

 

 

 

 

 

Christine Kerr

  B.A. in Art, San Francisco State University,  M.A. in Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, Teaching Credential, CSU, Sacramento

Christine currently teaches a variety of Visual Arts classes at Christian Brothers including Introduction to Art, Advanced Painting, and Ceramics.

Cathedral Peak by Christine Kerr

 

 

“As an artist I enjoy exploring themes in my artwork through a variety of media. I paint with oil, acrylic and watercolor,  draw mostly with graphite and colored pencil, and have a love for ceramics as well. I think this feeds my passion for teaching different media and techniques. I find it infinitely rewarding to watch my students grow in their skills and develop a style of their own.”

 

 

 

Kevin McGovern ’74

B.A. and M.A. in Art, CSU, Sacramento

Kevin teaches Introduction to Art at Christian Brothers, and is an active Sacramento artist.  His work has been included in over forty exhibitions, including exhibitions at the Crocker Art Gallery, the Art Foundry Gallery, and the University Library Gallery at CSU, Sacramento.

California Coast #14, Acrylic on canvas by Kevin McGovern

“I love teaching the arts because I love giving my students a place to express their creativity.”  

To see more of Kevin’s work, visit his website at www.kevinmcgovern.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

Findlay McIntosh

B.A. in History, UC Davis, M.A. in History, CSU, Sacramento

Findlay teaches Honors Painting and Drawing and religion at Christian Brothers.  He has studied with Wayne Thiebaud and taught bronze casting at the UC Davis Craft Center, and Art History at the California Academy of Art and Design. Findlay enjoys gardening, cross fit, and road trips, and spending time with his wife, Carole, his three children and five grandchildren, and his dog, Sophie.

Findlay discusses art with students at the annual La Salle Art Show

“I began teaching art and religion at Christian Brothers in 1998.  It has been an exciting journey to be part of the transition at CB going from blackboards to iPads. The one constant has been the quality and kindness of our students.”