INSPIRE Spotlight: Ryan Young

Ryan Young, Tenor
1. Please tell us a little more about the other choir you sing with?

 I sing with the Sonoran Desert Chorale. The chorale is in it’s 20th season. The Choir is made up of school choir directors, vocal performance majors and regular Joe’s like me. The founder of the group was my High School Choir direct Jeff Harris. The music he selects is fun and challenging to sing they do all types of music. Hopefully. everyone will be able to catch a concert sometime.

2. What is one of your favorite things about being married? 

Having a person who understands you in every way even before you tell them. That is something that I have grown to love about my Awesome, beautiful ,special, understanding and did I say beautiful wife.


3. If you could create your own business (money is no worry) what would it be? 

This may sound strange but, I always wanted to have a hotel that did musical themed stays, and the people that worked there would all be performers from the bell hop to the housekeeping.  Maybe even throwing in some murder mystery.

4. What is one of the decisions you have made in your life that has made the greatest impact?

 Without a doubt my wife Rebecca, she completes me in every way, she has made me the man I am today. So if you don’t like me it is her fault.

5. What is your favorite snack?
Anything with CHEESE!!!

6. What do you seem to spend a lot of time worrying about? 

The future of my 7 wonderful children. Where they will be in school, their families and the legacy I will hopefully leave for them.

Thank You Donors/Backers


INSPIRE: music.service. hope is VERY grateful to all those to donated (Backers) to our “Truth Restored”  CD Kickstarter Campaign. We couldn’t have made recored or made this CD without your generous donations and support. We hope you will be part of our INSPIRE family from here on out and wanted to share your name as one of our donors. THANK YOU!!

Michelle Mawby, Jeremy Weber, Annalece Boothe Misiego, Elise Richey, Baker-Smith, LaDawn Pettit, Cooper Waite, Michael Sackett, Joshua Lynn Wood, Macki Backer, Kameron Olmstead Bybee, Ardith Varga, Tim Olsen, Ryan Cook, Allison James, Mishawn Yardley, Jacob Whiting, Ryan Young, LaDawn Lingard, Trevor Sexton, Kara Reber, Julie Barnett, Nancy A. Christensen, Deanna Young, Cheya Wilson, Laynee Overall, David Quinn, Andi, Susan Robinson, Nicole Young, Ashley Hathcock, Cody Hathcock, Amy Thurston, Adam Nichols, Sarah Dunaway, Kathryn Christensen, Kari Nay, Pat & Julie Andreson, Hillary Alplanalp, Lance P. Norman,  and Robert Putnam

The Next Step…

rent spacespace for rent


INSPIRE: music.service.hope is looking for spaces/places for us to hold our Youth Performing Groups after auditions in January. We are really excited about this next step in our progression. This puts us one step closer to one day having our place to call home!

INSPIRE: Youth Spotlight Brooklyn Downs


Brooklyn Downs loves to perform!  Doesn’t matter when, where or what; she’s always willing and ready to get up on the stage.  Brooklyn is a junior at Highland High School where she’s involved in band (Flute) and choir (Regional & All State member).  Over the last several years she has enjoyed participating in Studio 3 Performing Arts Showstopper Group and several musical productions (Wizard of Oz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Shop of Horrors, High School Musical, etc).  Brooklyn also participates in the Red Note Foundation Choir which recently performed their Christmas Cantata at the Mesa Arts Center.  She loves playing the piano when she gets a chance.  Brooklyn is excited about participating in the upcoming Gilbert LDS Temple Cultural Celebration with a specialty role and just recently learned she got the part of Belle in her High School’s production of “Beauty and the Beast”.  Brooklyn is one of the sweetest girls you’ll ever meet and loves to give hugs to everyone around her.  She’s a beautiful girl inside and out.

INSPIRE Spotlight: Amy Honka



Amy Honka, Soprano

1. What is one thing that you are truly passionate about? I am passionate about music, missionary work, working with people…and LIFE!!! Once a month I have the opportunity to participate in a training seminar with Accomplishment Coaching in San Diego. It’s training for what I am now doing for a living. I am a life coach. It’s awesome. I get to help people discover what they want in their life, what’s stopping them, and supporting them in getting there. It’s amazing to talk with people about their lives and what makes coaching valuable. These training weekends are intesive and I come away exhausted and exhiliarated as a coach. 

2. At one point you were managing  the orchestra for EVMCO. What was one of your favorite parts of that role? what was one the hardest parts? As Orchestra Manager with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras I felt like I was living a dream.  It was everything I loved wrapped up into one amazing experience.  My favorite part was being the person that people came to with challenges- personally or within the orchestra.  It was like every day brought a new adventure on how we could improve unity, vision, and purpose within the orchestra.  I also loved teaming with the leadership of MCO- their vision and passion infused a great sense of purpose into my life.  The least favorite part of that volunteer experience turned out to the be the tedious minutia I dealt with daily.  Out of small things proceedeth that which is great I would remind myself.  Hours upon hours of details to take care of was overwhelming.  And it never ended.  I came to greatly appreciate people who work behind the scenes for their time, energy, and dedication.  I would do it again in heartbeat.
3.  Aside from music what do you do? Aside from music,  what do I do?  Now that’s a funny question.  Music is much of my life.  I sing with INSPIRE, perform flute with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, and as a solo and chamber ensemble musician.  I also manage my private flute and piano studio, enjoying the successes of students on a weekly basis.  But what else?  My time is filled with hiking, mountain biking, canyoneering, rock climbing, and anything outdoors.  I love to adventure.
4. Some weekends you slip away to San Diego. Besides, kickin’ it with your brother what are you doing out there? Answered above.
5. If you could pick 3 words to describe yourself what would they be? Energetic.  Creative.  Leader.
6.  If you had no constraints what would do with your life right now? I would love to backpack through Europe and  hike and canyoneer all the beautiful places of the earth.