School of Worship Arts

Christian Music School


To enable students to  lead or participate in worship to the best of their musical
ability by providing excellent teachers giving group or private lessons in a God honoring environment.

Summer semester begins june 3!

If you area returning student, let your instructor know that you are returning.

If you are a new student, please complete the Registration Form.

sign up for summer semester!

summer semester begins june 3 and ends July 18th!

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The School of Worship Arts offers lessons in most instruments as well as voice and sign language to students 5 years and up.  Our lessons are available in both private or group settings on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Music Rocks is returning!  This is a class designed to be the music class a student would receive as part of general elementary education.  Students will learn about the instruments of the symphony and gain a basic introduction to music history and composers, sight reading, and listening skills. Students will play interactive games, have hands-on time with instruments, and explore music in everyday life. 


 Tuition Rates
Administration fee $5
30 minute lesson – $30
45 minute lesson – $45
60 minute lesson – $60
The cost for group lessons/classes will be dependent on the length of the session as well as the number of participats.


Callie Bender


Hello, my name is Callie!

Born and raised in San Antonio, my passion for music has been lifelong. At around eight-years-old, I expressed interest in learning the piano, and quickly began taking lessons at a local music store. A few years later, I joined concert band in middle school and played flute up until my freshman year. Throughout the rest of high school, I continued to practice music on my own, and picked up the guitar in full during my senior year.

From Fall 2018 to Fall 2022, I attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. In addition to my studies, I also attended weekly guitar lessons, and persisted in learning and practicing as much as I could.

After obtaining my Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certification, I landed my current full-time position as a Transportation EIT at Pape-Dawson Engineers. However, my love for music has also brought me to teaching part-time at SOWA!

I am grateful to the Lord for where He has led me. The opportunity to help guide others in their own path of musicianship alongside making a positive impact in engineering is a blessing I do not take for granted!

Christina Branz

Voice & Piano

Christina Branz holds a Bachelor of Music with a focus in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University. She has been coaching since 1998 using proper vocal technique to train vocalists in classical music, contemporary music, and musical theatre with attention to creating style, artistry, improvisation, developing vocal range, memorable performance skills and dynamic presentation technique. Early in her career she performed with the Oklahoma City Opera and Musical Theatre company as well as the Oklahoma City Philharmonic in various operas and musicals. Locally, she performed as Pitti Sing in the San Antonio Symphony’s YPCS presentation of The Micado, was nominated for an ATAC Globe Award for her role as Anita in West Side Story ,and won an ATAC Globe Award for Best Supporting actress in a musical for her role as Maggie in 42nd Street. She has professional experience as a worship leader, lead vocalist, and worship team vocal coach for Cornerstone Church, Harvest FCC and Friendship Church here in San Antonio. In addition to her live performance work, she has also enjoyed recording 3 albums as an independent recording artist. In the dance world, she was classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical dancing, competed through high school, taught and took professional level classes as a young adult, danced in several musical theatre shows, and lead a dance ministry for 5 years at Harvest Fellowship Community Church. She has a passion for training others to use their gifts to glorify God with excellence and worshiping with creative expression while fully recognizing apart from Him we can do no good thing.

Hope Calhoun


Hi! My name is Hope Calhoun, and I have been playing the flute since seventh grade. I began as a self-taught musician but quickly started taking private lessons. In my first year of band, I was placed in the All-Region Band and have since then made it every year. To add, I have been selected as an All-State Musician twice, with one year placing third in the state. This coming summer, I will be featured at the National Flute Association Convention and have been featured many times for other events.

I have been a Christian since around the age of six and have attended First Baptist Church of Universal City for around ten years. I have played in the church orchestra and was a member of the Student Leadership Team for around four years. I look forward to spreading the word of God and teaching others through the art of music!


Nadine Chadwell


Nadine Chadwell is a professional musician, teacher, and missionary. She has performed with three symphonies in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. She teaches violin, viola, cello, and bass in private lessons. Her tutoring style for all ages incorporates various genres such as classical, contemporary, and worship. Many opportunities have opened up for her to honor the Lord with her passion for music and ministry. She currently instructs strings for the Homeschool Orchestras of South Texas and for the Cornerstone Music Conservatory Academy. For ten years, she played violin in the Community Bible Church orchestra and held string classes every semester for the CBC Fine Arts School. She founded Vitas Strings in partnering with Vitas Healthcare Volunteer Department, where she enables string students to use their gifts for nursing home patients and hospice care clients. Nadine travels the world as a missionary musician with Global Missions Project, participating in the Celebration Orchestra, led by Camp Kirkland. The orchestra shares the gospel of Jesus Christ through their music and testimonies, while encouraging missionaries, pastors, and their congregations. Her driving purpose flows in teaching others how to serve God with excellence in musical skills and compassion.

Shon Comparin

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Beginning Drums, Artist Development, Audio Production

Born and raised in San Antonio, TX, Shon describes himself as first and foremost, a Christ follower, then husband, father and pastor. Both he and his wife are ordained ministers and are founders of Deep Calls, a traveling worship ministry, emphasizing prayer and revival. Their son Jedidiah serves with them on vocals and drums. Shon also enjoys producing and recording for various artists and church leaders throughout the United States. An accomplished musician, Shon plays the guitar and drums. He enjoys teaching both guitar and drums as well as raising up budding musicians to serve in live worship and praise.

Teresa Comparin


Singer, songwriter, recording artist, worship leader, and ordained minister, Teresa Comparin has worked in the worship and music field for over 20 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2020. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Tau Sigma Honor Society. Teresa is co-founder of Meek Music Productions, and Deep Calls School of Worship. She has experience as an elementary music teacher, middle school choir director, and a piano instructor. She has a passion to raise up generations of worshipers for Jesus. Teresa currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband Shon of 20 years. They have two children, Jedidiah and Makayla.

Faith Compian


Hey there, My name is Faith Compian. I have been playing piano since I was 10 years old. I started playing at my Grandpa’s church and I currently play in the second service contemporary band and the youth band at First Baptist Church of Universal City. I played in the marching band at Veteran’s Memorial High School for 3 years.

Bringing God’s children closer to Him through this beautiful instrument is my main goal! I can’t wait to see the many piano players God will call to His kingdom! It will be such a blessing to be a part of that journey!

Luciano Compian


Hi!  My name is Luciano Compian and I have been playing drums since I was 4 years old. I’ve played in church growing up and now I am part pf the worship band for the contemporary service at First Baptist Church, Universal City. I’ve been in Jazz Band, Marching Band, Honors Wind Ensemble and Solo & ensemble band at Veterans Memorial High School.

I believe that everyone has God given gifts and talents. They are imparted to us by God so that we can honor him. I want to bring joy to children of all ages by spreading the love of music through drums. I’m so stoked to teach you this wonderful instrument.

William Daniel

Trumbone / Low Brass

William is a Mississippi boy turned Texan.  He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.  After moving to Texas, he earned a Master of Music degree from Texas State University in 2004.  He has been a public school band director for 25 years.  In addition to teaching, William plays guitar in the praise band at his church and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Patty Hamner


Hello! My name is Patty Hamner. Piano has been my passion and love for over 40+ years. I am classically-trained and therefore stress the importance of learning music theory in all of my lessons. I have been a church pianist for 30+ years, and am currently the pianist for First Baptist Church Universal City for the past 12 years. I believe it is important to teach each student how they can use their musical gift to worship God. It is my goal for each student to enter their lesson with great confidence and leave with excitement about the challenge for the upcoming week. 

Monica Kiss

Voice / Piano

Monica Kiss is a native of Memphis, Tennessee raised in a conservative, Christian home and educated in a private Christian school. She has studied private voice since age sixteen and performed music for over thirty years. Her performance resume includes organizations such as Opera Memphis and Memphis Vocal Arts Ensemble. She also served as assistant to the choir director and interim choir conductor at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Kiss has taught private voice and piano since the earning of her music degree in 2008. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a concentration in voice from Texas State University and an all-level teaching certification in the state of Texas. She is active in music ministry at her church playing piano and singing on the worship team weekly. Currently, she maintains a private home studio and teaches general music to kinder through second grade at First Baptist Academy Universal CIty. In addition, she now teaches private piano for beginners and voice with First Baptist School of Worship Arts. 

Amber Petrosky

American Sign Language

Hi! I’m Amber Petrosky; I am a born and raised San Antonian! I attended Judson High School, where I first took and fell in love with American Sign Language (ASL). After graduating I attended San Antonio College for the Interpreter Training program & the Deaf Support Specialist Program. I then worked for NEISD for 4 years as a Deaf Support Specialist where I worked hands on with the students in classes and extra curricular activities. God then opened the amazing opportunity for me to be a stay at home foster momma. In 2017 we fostered to adopt our oldest 2 kids; in 2020 we said yes to adoption again and adopted our twins. . My family attends Camelot Christian Center, where my husband and I met and serve in several areas. I believe using ASL to worship allows those of us who are musically challenged to express ourselves in a beautiful way to our Savior. I’m so excited to teach this beautiful language to y’all!  

Carolyn Webb


Originally from Tennessee, Carolyn began playing the piano as a child and started singing and playing in church as a teenager. She gave her heart to Jesus at age 13 and began to grow and develop a love for God’s Word and a desire to serve Him. At age 16, she surrendered her life to full time Christian ministry. 

She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Howard Payne University with a major in voice, where she was pianist/arranger for singing groups and choirs. Carolyn and her husband, Pat, began their life together 46 years ago, and have continued ministering through innovative music, worship, choral and contemporary church ministry, and are church planters. Carolyn has a heart for prayer and helping others grow in Christ.

After being a choral pianist in public school for 17 years in Dallas, they relocated to San Antonio in 2018, and she began teaching at the Christian Music Conservatory at Castle Hills.

Carolyn has more than 30 years of experience teaching piano, music, and accompanying music groups on piano and keyboard. Her teaching includes classical music, worship songs, pop music, piano improvisation, and music theory. She has a passion to train worship pianists and artists to maximize their musical gifts through serving God.

As a couple, they have a desire to encourage pastors and their spouses, and for God to use their story of reconciliation to benefit ministers struggling in marital relationships.

Her Tennessee upbringing instilled in her a love for camping and all things outdoor.  Hobbies are treasure hunting for vintage items, back-road traveling with family and friends, and climbing trees with their 5 grandchildren.