Our Musicians

New Dawn's exciting music ministry will inspire you, open your heart and uplift your Spirit each Sunday service. Music is the language of the soul, and these talented artists will deepen your experience and bring joy to your day.

Cheryl Hiraoka

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Music Director, soloist, vocals

Cheryl loves making music at New Dawn!! Each Sunday her intention is to meet the congregation "inside" of the music - where the Oneness lives. After graduating in music from CU Boulder, she has performed in many churches throughout the country, performed in leading roles in music theater, served as Choral Director for small ensembles and large choirs of children and adults. A highlight was singing in the Vatican during Holy Week. Her CD, "Open to Grace," combines inspirational music and messages. Cheryl firmly believes that the New Dawn music is the best around and uplifts the congregation each week in heart-centered service.

Freddy Rodriguez, Jr.

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Soloist, keyboards, saxophone, vocals

Freddy has been performing professionally since the age of 9. After arriving in Denver in 1973, he has performed with his father, Freddy Sr., at the world-famous El Chapultepec Jazz Club in LoDo since the '80s. He has played with many local groups, including Latin Crossover and his own band, "Chilli Willi," as well as one of Denver's top party bands, "Jakarta," and is currently Mary Louise Lee's (wife of Mayor Michael Hancock) main accompanist. Freddy is a proud soloist at New Dawn Church. He is an accomplished singer-songwriter, playing piano, synthesizer and sax. He has produced several CDs and is a well-known in the Denver music scene. Of course, his main inspiration to play music is his parents, Josephine and Freddy Sr.

Annie Achenbach

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Soloist, vocals

Anne is so happy to be back home in Colorado! New Dawn first came into her life back in 2003, when Reverend Karen asked her to sing at her ordination, and she's been coming back ever since! She is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Anne has been professionally singing/acting/teaching for a very long time... do the math - she graduated in 1975! Working for the Good of all there is, is why Anne (or Annie, as all her friends call her) sings. And, of course, all of you are such an integral part of that Good. So if you are moved by the music you hear here, then just know Annie is twice blessed. It works both ways in all ways. Her album, "The Gift," is a compilation of favorite hymns, Broadway show tunes and three original songs written by Annie during her tenure at Mile Hi Church.

Trent Hines

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Piano, keyboards

Trent has been playing the piano since the age of 4, and began playing professionally at 19. He works full-time in Cherry Creek as a Sr. Desktop Support Analyst for OmniTRAX, Inc. He is heavily involved with the musical theater scene, working as musical director and/or pianist for CU Boulder and several other theater companies in Denver, Aurora, Boulder, Breckenridge, and Conifer.

Harry Olsson

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Bass guitar

Harry Olsson Jr. picked up his first bass at age 12. His first experiences musically were singing and backing up his youth group orchestra. He played in various bands during high school before attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and graduating in 2004 as a performance major. Since then, he has played (and continues to play) electric and upright bass professionally in all styles of music including, but not limited to, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Orchestral, Soul, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B and Rock & Roll. He spends every day perfecting his playing and works full-time teaching privately and performing as an accompanist.

John Olsson

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Drums

With over 20 years of experience, John Olsson specializes in the performance and instruction of drum set, hand drums, and percussion, in all styles. John studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he worked on a Professional music degree, and he also completed a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver. John has performed in Ghana, and Togo, West Africa, and studied African music and culture for over 6 years with Koffi Toudji from Togo. Aside from playing in the pit orchestra for many musical theater productions, and performing with the Dendrites, the Pink Hawks, A.O.A. Band, and the Olsson Trio, John teaches, accompanies, and performs at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance School.

Eugene Holden

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Drums/ percussion, vocals

I cannot remember a time when music was not part of my life. I started playing bongos at the age of 6 when my brother, who played the violin, placed a pair of bongos in my lap and said, "play this," and showed me the rhythm I was to play while he played his version of Wes Montgomery's "Bumpin' on Sunset." Because I adored my older brother, I wanted to do what he did, so I started playing the violin at age 10. From there, I went to clarinet, then drums. I have been playing percussion ever since. For me, it's all about the music. We live in a wonder-filled Universe. Uni=one; verse=song. We live in and from the song of life. When everyone is in accord, we live a harmonious life. When we are in tune, we easily find ourselves living, moving, singing and dancing to the rhythm of life. What's cool about that is we each have our own rhythm, and each rhythm blends and flows well with the other pitches, harmonies and rhythms, as long as we let go to the flow of the universe; The one song. This One Song is Love.

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