In his thirty-second year of teaching, Mark Becker came to Forest Lake Academy eight years ago. A 1977 graduate of Union College, he completed a Masters of Music program at Boise State University in 1991. Becker’s professional experiences include music teacher at Mile High Academy (Denver, CO), Gem State Academy (Caldwell, ID), and Andrews Academy (Berrien Springs, MI) and Minister of Music at Denver First Seventh-day Adventist Church (Denver, CO) and Zion United Church of Christ (Baroda, MI)
Leon Hauck brings with him 40 years of music performance and directing. He was the choir director at the Denver First Seventh-day Adventist Church and is currently the director of Advent Brass and Restoration, a vocal octet. He studied piano under Virginia Gene Rittenhouse for several years, and at the age of 17 placed 1st in the New England Piano Teachers Association competition. He is an active trombone player, having performed with numerous university groups, as well as an active singer with Restoration.
Evan Chesney is the Minister of Music at the Forest Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church in Florida, a position he has held since 1994. In 1989, he enrolled at the Eastman School of Music, studying voice with Seth McCoy and conducting with Don Neun. After completing an M.Mus. at ESM in 1990, he continued study at Michigan State University, where he studied voice with Claritha Buggs and conducting with Charles Smith. While there, he accepted the minister of music position at Forest Lake. He completed a DMA at MSU in 1998.
In the tradition of G.P.Telemann, Russ can play almost any wind instrument with a high degree of excellence. Russ has taught music in many schools. He directs several bands, ensembles, and choirs at FLEC. He has inspired many students with his enthusiasm for music, and his unique teaching and motivational methods, helping them to reach heights of success playing their instrument.