New Protestant music director joins Religious Ministries

Niccole Modell is the new Protestant music director at Naval Base Ventura County. She has played the piano since she was 5 years old and has a master’s degree in flute performance.

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Niccole Modell is the new Protestant music director at Naval Base Ventura County. She has played the piano since she was 5 years old and has a master’s degree in flute performance.

Just in time for the holiday programs, Religious Ministries at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) has a new Protestant music director.

Niccole Modell, a 27-year-old Camarillo resident who has a master’s degree in flute performance, took over the job in October.

She arranges the music for two Sunday services — one at the Seabee Chapel at Port Hueneme and one at the Chapel of Faith at Point Mugu — and she rehearses with the choir Tuesday nights.

Having been the musician for worship services at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Camarillo and for the Camarillo Seventh-day Adventist Church, Modell knows the joy that the combination of music and faith can bring.

“Every church has its own flair and style,” she said. “I’ve played when there were 15 in the audience and when there were 300. The feeling is different at each place.”

At NBVC, 85 to 100 people gather for each Sunday service.

“I’ve always felt that music is my most personal form of self-expression, and I can convey emotions through music better than with words,” she said.

Her church performances, she said, come from the heart.

“I believe I’ve been given a gift, and I choose to honor that gift and use it for God’s glory,” she said.

Modell grew up in Camarillo in an artistic family full of dancers and musicians.

“Creativity’s in my blood,” she said.

She began playing piano when she was 5 years old.

“I’ve worked really hard,” she said. “I went through a phase when I wanted to quit — probably when I was 13 or 14 — but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. There was a learning curve, and I just had to push myself through it.”

Modell attended high school at Newbury Park Adventist Academy and was a freshman when she performed her first major piano concert — the first movement of Beethoven’s second piano concerto in B-flat major — in front of 400 people.

“It was pretty exciting,” she said. “I had three months to prepare. I was very nervous, but when you want to do something, you commit the time.”

Today, Modell is on the board of that same orchestra, the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic.

After high school Modell earned bachelor’s degrees in both flute and piano performance at La Sierra University. Her freshman studies required her to visit Europe, where she was struck by the beauty of the cathedrals in Italy and France.

“There was too much to see in so little time,” she said, adding that she dreams of going back.

Modell earned her master’s degree from California State University Fresno in 2010.

Today, she maintains a private music studio and is excited about the release of her first CD.

She also has to get through her first Christmas performance at NBVC.

“The choir members have been very positive and are enjoying the new repertoire,” she said. “Everyone has been very welcoming.”

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