Music Program Director
Justin D. Joyce, “Kong”
Born in Boston MA and raised in a small, culturally diverse suburb, I had the unique opportunity to be surrounded by many religions, languages and ethnicities in my youth. This experience along with learning about Catholicism and Judaism from my own interfaith family allowed me to develop a sense of inclusiveness and respect for the different ways in which we all find peace, happiness, and faith.
At a very young age, I found music. I began playing various instruments and singing while creating and performing every chance I could. Studying in school, singing in both church and temple, and playing at home, I found spirituality and divine connection with my own understanding of a higher power. It felt as if I could speak an ancient language that expressed emotions better than just words alone.
As I continued studying at the University of MA (Dartmouth), teaching to inspire music and composing my own art, I have been lead all over the country and into many people’s lives. I currently live in Los Angeles and have been lucky to bring my musicality to many festivals, venues, homes, and spiritual sanctuaries alike. I continue to be inspired by those around me as we set aside worldly differences and join voices, making our way through the ups and downs of life.
I believe that music and faith are tied together and can help a community flourish with inclusiveness and understanding. I strive to keep making music, to keep exploring my own spirituality, and to bond with others as we embark upon this journey together, through sound and song.
Dr. Allen Arnette (Church Choir Director)
As a native to Texas, Dr. Allen Arnette found his love and passion through music. Fortunately, he was accepted into the high school for performing arts and continued his studies in piano and voice at North Texas State University. Coming to California he found himself dancing and singing with the likes of performers such as Whoopi Goldberg and Carol Burnett.
By the 2000s he became choir director under the Reverend Dr. Kristin Hawkins. After a stint of time away, he was invited back in 2020 and returned as the current choir director in 2020. Today, Dr. Allen operates a natural health care business in Long Beach, California. He has helped shape the health of his patients for the past 30 years, solving acute problems and seeking the root cause of each condition that is unique to each case at ParkView Health & Wellness Center.
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