Steve Kuykendall - Director, Bass
Steve holds a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from Central Michigan University and a Master's in Vocal Performance, Choral Conducting, and Vocal and Choral Pedagogy from Boise State. He has extensive collegiate and community experience in choral and orchestral conducting, keyboard performance, accompanying, band, marching band, wind ensemble, brass ensemble, and orchestra. Steve is currently a member of Critical Mass Chamber Ensemble, Opera Idaho, and is the founder and director of Eagle Song. He is also the owner and primary instructor for Eagle Rock Music Studios. Steve enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and playing board games with his family.
Michelle Kuykendall - Alto
Michelle is a founding member of Eagle Song, serves on the council, and has been married to director Steve Kuykendall for 36 years. They have three married daughters, four grandchildren, and two golden retrievers. Music has always been a part of her life. Her love of ensemble and choral music began in high school when her choir teacher put her in Madrigals, instead of jazz choir. Michelle has been singing in choirs ever since. When she's not singing, Michelle is listening to her favorite styles of music, including soft rock, Bluegrass, and the great symphonic pieces of the church.
AJ Wheeler - Tenor
Andrew is a founding member of Eagle Song and the president of its council. Though he spent most of his academic time studying to play drums and piano, AJ was shown by Steve Kuykendall that he had an unexplored talent for singing and has been growing that talent since the inception of this group. He earned his Bachelor's degree in music in 2012 and has been devoted to learning ever since. AJ believes firmly that excellence is necessary and worth pursuing, in any position he holds. Whether in his family, business, service, or Eagle Song, he is devoted to being the best example possible. "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord and not to men." Colossians 3:23.
Catherine Becker - Soprano
Cathy has been a member of Eagle Song since its founding in 2011. She has been in choirs since childhood, often singing solos in church productions. While in high school, Cathy participated in a number of theatrical and musical productions, including The Crucible, The Princess Bride, and The Diary of Anne Frank. She was a member of Crusader Choir while attending NNU, where she earned a B.A. in English in 2009. Cathy holds an M.A. in English Lit from Mercy College and is partway through a PhD in English from Idaho State University. In her spare time, Cathy loves running, hiking, watching sports, sharing coffee with friends, and spending time with her husband and son.
Aubrielle Holly - Soprano
An Idaho native, Aubrielle has been singing for as long as she can remember. She is a member of the Eagle Song council and publicity director for the group. A second generation Northwesterner, she also sang with Bella Voce and Crusader Choir and Orchestra during her time at NNU, where she earned her Bachelor's in Communication Science. Aubrielle holds an M.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Montana. When she's not singing, Aubrielle might be found between the pages of a book, treading the boards, modeling Victorian era fashion, or spending time with her wonderful friends and family. Singing until life and all living things are become a song.
Kim Andersen - Soprano
Music is woven into the fabric of Kim's life - singing at home and church as a child and later joining the church choir, starting piano lessons with her mom as a kindergartner, playing clarinet from fifth grade through college years at NNU, and a sprinkling of violin and guitar thrown in! As a teacher, Kim has enjoyed playing piano or the guitar as she sang with students in the classroom. Worshiping and praising through song as a member of church choir, on worship teams, and as a member of Eagle Song is such a blessing to her. It is a joy for Kim to raise her voice in song with her fellow Eagles!
Sarah Howard - Soprano
Boise native Sarah Howard holds degrees in Musical Theatre Performance and English, and has performed professionally and academically in Idaho, Wyoming, and Virginia. These are a few of her favorite things: coffee, good literature, old-fashioned dresses, her family, and the message of Amazing Grace, because that's where true life really starts. In addition to loving musical theatre, she would like a career as a children's author. Past favorite shows include Les Miserables (Cosette), Hamlet (Ophelia), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), and The Music Man (Marian). To sing is to fly.
BJ Howard - Baritone
BJ studied musical theater at Western Wyoming Community College before attending NNU to study computer science. He joined Eagle Song in 2014 after graduating from NNU, where he sang in Crusader Choir and Northwesterners. BJ also appeared in several of NNU's main-stage theatrical productions and has performed in and around the Treasure Valley with Encore Theater Company, Starlight Mountain Theater, Boise Little Theater, and Boise Music Week. He happens to share Steve's favorite scripture verse: "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31
Joshua Friesen - Tenor
Josh has been a member of Eagle Song since February 2017 and has grown to love the camaraderie with the group, as well as the challenge and blessing of learning from Steve Kuykendall, who is, in his mind, the most elite vocal teacher in the Northwest. Josh graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a Bachelor's in Recreation and Sport Management. He has always been fascinated by the fundamentals of athletics and the advancement of technology in the healthcare industry. He is currently working as a CNA at West Valley Medical Center. Josh is looking forward to applying to graduate schools next year and will be pursing a Master's degree as a Physician's Assistant.
Brianna Walker - Soprano
Brianna was born and raised in Fairfield, California with her twin sister Mikayla and younger brother Nicholas. Her father is a pastor and her mother plays the piano, so she grew up singing on the worship team and performing in church Christmas musicals. Her parents' love of music inspired her love of music. Brianna has been playing the trumpet since she was nine, she performed with Concert Band, Bella Voce, and Crusader Choir and Orchestra during her time at NNU, and has also performed is musical theatre productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, and Suessical the Musical. Brianna teaches 7th grade Language at Lone Star Middle School.
Mikayla Walker - Alto
Mikayla developed a love and passion for music at a young age. She began playing the flute in the elementary school band and joined the choir. She also began singing on the worship team and participated in many Christmas musicals at her church in Fairfield, California. Mikayla moved to Nampa in 2012 to attend NNU, where she was part of the Concert Band, Bella Voce, and Crusader Choir and Orchestra. She traveled around the Northwest and even took trips to New York and South Korea. Mikayla is currently in her third year of teaching and loves supporting the music program at Skyview High School through faithful concert attendance and helping out with the marching band.
Erin Field - Alto
Erin has been with Eagle Song since nearly the beginning. Her love for singing and performing prompted her to check out this unusual group of people just making music because they could! To her pleasant surprise, they were quite excellent and to say her musical abilities were challenged is certainly an understatement. Though the music continues to challenge and excite, it is Erin's heart for sharing the Gospel that keeps her coming back to every rehearsal. Getting to share Christ's love for His kids is a complex and compelling reward. Erin hopes this privilege will persist in her own musical career, as well as that of Eagle Song's.
Annette Malone - Alto
Annette has been singing in choirs since high school and has been with Eagle Song since its early days. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Alan, for 27 years and they have two children. Annette holds a Master's degree from Boise State in Math Education and teaches secondary math. In addition to Eagle Song, she sings in church choir and has played Martha in Nampa First Church's No Greater Love for many years. When she's not teaching or singing, Annette enjoys playing volleyball.
Nathaniel Engberg - Bass
Nate grew up in Lafayette, Oregon where he started singing in church choir at a young age. His parents instilled a love of music in him by encouraging musical abilities throughout his life. He received his Bachelor's degree from NNU in Music Composition and Voice in 2015 and is currently working toward a career in composing, arranging, and performing music. After spending a year in Oregon as a youth pastor, Nate married the love of his life, Danielle, and settled in the Treasure Valley. Outside of music, he loves all things aquatic - from boogie boarding to swimming to fishing. Most of all, Nate loves Jesus and wants everyone to know there's room in God's family for them too. John 1:12
Cody Funk - Tenor
Cody officially joined Eagle Song in December, 2017, after performing with the group for a couple of summers during his college years. He acquired a degree in Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University, where he was also a member of Crusader Choir and Orchestra and The Northwesterners. He is planning on returning to NNU for his Master's in Social Work. When he is not working, Cody enjoys spending time at home with his wife Melina and their cat Caesar, or simply getting together with his family and friends. He also fancies a lazy afternoon of playing games, watching TV, or playing some disc golf. Cody is a big fan of Jesus, singing, and Bay Area sports teams.
Mike Bowerman - Tenor
Coming from a family with very little musical background, Mike did not discover a love for singing until his junior year at NNU when he joined Crusader Choir and Orchestra. Since then, this passion has only grown. Mike graduated from NNU in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and joined Eagle Song at the beginning of 2018. When he's not working or sleeping, you can find him outside or around a table playing card games with friends. He loves disc golf, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball. Mike's personal philosophy is that you should never underestimate the power of a weekend of binge-watching FRIENDS, petting a husky, and the love of Jesus Christ.
Robbi Busse - Soprano
Robbi has been teaching elementary music for over thirty years. After retirement, she was asked to teach part time in Homedale. She loves kids and has found teaching music is more fun than work. She and her husband host exchange students, travel abroad each year, and enjoy spending time at home with their German shepherds. Robbi has been a company member of Music Theater of Idaho for over twenty years and is a recent member of Eagle Song.
Ben Mueller - Baritone
Ben joined Eagle Song in March of 2018. He graduated in May 2016 from Northwest Nazarene University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a minor in U.S. History. Ben is currently considering options for further education. While at NNU, he sang with Crusader Choir and Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Phillip Miller. Through the comradery with other members, travel opportunities, and the ability to share the message of Christ, Ben gained a significant appreciation for sacred and secular choral music. He is looking forward to all the opportunities Eagle Song will present him and the communities they become involved with.