Meet Our Worship Team

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ADAM PRYOR

Worship Coordinator

Adam Pryor is the Chorus Director, Guitar Teacher, and Music Minister at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, FL, currently in his fourth year teaching. Under his direction, the TCHS Chorus program has almost tripled in size in the last three years, has earned Superior ratings at district and state level adjudications, and recently finished their first out-of-state tour to Nashville, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to his position at TCHS, Adam is an active vocalist and church musician directing music at Grace Episcopal Church as well as the 5:00pm Contemporary Worship Mass at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. When he is not singing in schools or churches, you can find him performing in bars and restaurants across Ocala.

 

Adam is a graduate of The Florida State University holding a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in choral music education. He is a member of The Festival Singers of Florida, a professional choral ensemble based in Florida and has performed with the Master Chorale of Central Florida based here in Ocala. He has played the guitar for 14 years, the trombone for 12, the violin for 6, and has most recently picked up the piano.

 

When he first arrived in Ocala, Adam found Grace Episcopal to be the warm, inviting, small church atmosphere that he was looking for and quickly made this his home. Leading worship at Grace, along with his good friends in the worship team, helps to feed his soul spiritually, emotionally, and musically. Grace has become an avenue for him to grow closer to God, build positive, healthy relationships, and grow as a musician. He is proud to serve as your Worship Coordinator.

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Jessica Mongerio

Vocalist

Jessica Mongerio is the Choral/Musical Theatre director at Forest High School in Ocala, and has rebuilt the program there after a 20-year absence of choir at FHS. Her undergraduate and graduate music studies were at the University of Central Florida; she recently completed her Masters of Music with an emphasis in Choral Music Education in May ‘21. Jessica has performed in the Central Florida area for many years as a vocalist, has many Ocala Civic Theatre productions under her belt, and has sung with the professional choirs Voci Del Coure and the Festival Singers of Florida. She was also the musical theatre director of the Performing Arts Conservatory of Ocala for ten seasons before its closure in 2020. Jessica is completing her term this year as District Chair for Florida Vocal Association District 5, and sits as the High-School Honor Choir Co-Chair for the Florida Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. She is also a part of the Florida Music Education Association Emerging Leaders, and has served as Artistic Director for the Marion Civic Chorale this season. In 2014 Jessica founded and still coordinates the Marion All-County Choral event which takes place every spring. Jessica says about singing at Grace: “There is so much I manage professionally, I love coming to Grace and just being a singer. Our worship team quartet of singers consists of two dear friends and a former student, so I have a personal connection with our team that makes singing with them very special. I receive a great deal spiritually from what we do, and I also get to see from my vantage point how our music contributes to how others worship, and that makes it a wholly gratifying experience every week.”

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SHANE BASS

Vocalist & Instrumentalist

Shane Bass is a third-generation, born and raised Ocala native. Currently, he is the Director of Vocal Music and Fine Arts Department Chair at Weeki Wachee High School, where he has been teaching for the past three years. Prior to his current assignment, he worked at Vanguard High School as a band and theatre instructor from 2009-2014, and as the full-time Director of Bands and Choir from 2014-2019. Shane is a member of many professional organizations, including the Florida Vocal Association, Florida Music Education Association, National Association for Music Educators, American Choral Director Association, Florida Association for Theatre Educators, and the Educational Theatre Association. From July 2022-June 2024, he will serve as the District Five Chair for the Florida Vocal Association.

Shane has a strong passion for all forms of music and has performed with many ensembles in Ocala and throughout the state of Florida. He has participated in the Festival Singers of Florida since 2019, a professional choir of over 100 singers, performed with the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band, and performed in over 50 shows at Ocala Civic Theatre.

 

Shane loves to spend time with his family and friends. He is a board game connoisseur and enjoys finding and playing obscure games with his family and friends. Shane is very fortunate to be a member of the Grace Worship team and loves being a “cog in the machine” every Sunday.

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PORTER JOHNSON

Vocalist 

Porter has always been interested in music and has always loved to sing. Her mother taught her until she started high school. From then on, Jessica Mongerio, one of our Grace musicians and the choral/musical theatre director at Forest High School, was her teacher. Porter was in choir all four years at Forest and loved every moment of her choir experience. She also performed with the vocal jazz group and went to state MPA (Music Performance Assessments), achieving straight superior ratings from the highly select panel of adjudicators. She is delighted to sing at Grace while attending College of Central Florida here in Ocala.

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SHARON MAI

Organist & Pianist

Sharon studied flute, piano, organ and theater at CFCC, then at the University of Florida. While living in Gainesville she served as director of music for Covenant Presbyterian Church. After moving back to Ocala in 1987, she became organist at Grace. Being a part of this music ministry has allowed her to keep an active musical life while running a challenging business during the day. Sharon especially treasures the memories of various past musical events such as madrigal dinners, favorite musical pieces, and the talented musicians that have all played such an integral part in the worship at Grace over the years.

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AUDREY FLECHAS

Violinist

Audrey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance from the University of Florida with honors. She studied with famous violinists including Cheng Tu Su of Taiwan, Mark Baranov of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Dr. Janna Lower at the University of Florida. In addition to the violin, she also plays and teaches viola and cello.

 

Audrey teaches private lessons at First Baptist School of Music. Besides playing at Grace on Sunday mornings, she often plays at Queen of Peace and Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. She is a volunteer at the Lowell Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Marion County. She enjoys playing with the many talented musicians at Grace, and she especially appreciates the countless hours people of Grace put in behind the scenes to make each service flow smoothly and beautifully. She considers herself very blessed to be part of the Body of Christ, chosen by the Lord to serve Him and one another in a very authentic and harmonious way.

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CHERYL ARNOLD

Cellist

Cheryl took a year or two of organ lessons as a child but had to stop when her small spinet organ could not accommodate advancing repertoire. She joined the handbell choir in college, and since then she has played handbells in three different churches, including Grace. Her daughters were highly involved in music lessons and ensembles from a young age, and after moving to Ocala and beginning life as an empty nester, Cheryl decided it was her turn to take music lessons. When she began attending Grace, she was delighted to discover that Grace had a School of the Arts. She took mandolin lessons for a year with Josh Head and Audrey Flechas, focusing on medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. She then acquired a cello and has taken cello lessons with Audrey for three years. She joined the music team last year. She says, "It is a joy to worship and praise God with my cello! All of the musicians on the worship team have been incredibly kind and encouraging to me as an adult learner and have helped me grow in my skills."