About

What is Tech Arts?

We are an integration company specializing in audio, video and lighting system design and installation for event venues, houses of worship, production and educational facilities. Our commitment to empowering “Creative Excellence” means we’re all about finding the right solutions for your needs within your budget. 

Why Tech Arts?

TechArts has been providing quality, innovative system designs since the turn of the century. With our foundation as experts in design, we continue to add solid solutions for our customers such as:
• The right equipment at highly discounted prices
• Quality programming, integration and permanent installations as a C7 contractor with our own teams
• Solid follow up service, training and free phone support.

Our Mission

To provide technical solutions that inspires creative excellence and maximum impact

Our Vision

To exceed expectations by refining design, build, and follow-up experiences that inspires partnerships with customers, perpetuates opportunities and expands our influence.

Our Core Values

We value resource efficiency, customer loyalty, and unfailing integrity

We don’t look for jobs. We look for relationships.

TechArts has always been known for personal dedication and service. We are determined to be an on-going resource to fellow sound people, tech directors, pastors, producers, and educators and provide them with reliable expertise, quick response, complete satisfaction, and access to almost every brand.
We pride ourselves in our many long-term customers, often with 4 or 5 successful projects, as demonstrated on our website. We become part of your team.

 

Our Unique Team

Chuck Mitchell, CEO

Chuck’s passion for music and sound recording started in his elementary school years with reel-to-reel tape and playing keyboards in bands. He is now finishing his MA in Church Music to complete over 40 years of experience and a B.A. in the field of music composition, audio recording/production, synthesis and collaboration, Chuck brings the balance of art, design, and technical applications to the table with a wide array of experience. As a composer, he has extensive experience and has composed with and for greats such as Thomas Dolby, Bob Ezrin, and others. Chuck has also served in post-production as an in-territory dubbing and music consultant on films for 20th Century Fox, Lucas Films and DreamWorks such as Star Wars, Episode 1, 2, and 3, Shrek, Spirit, Titan AE, and El Dorado, bringing these films to Russia, China, Greece, Spain, Poland, among others.  As an AV system designer and live sound engineer, his ability to create solutions, listen critically, and assemble resources brings every project to completion with excellence and shared passion. As the Owner/CEO and visionary for Voice of the Arts, Inc. Productions and TechArts, Chuck is responsible for leading teams in project design, operations, installations, quality assurance, staying within budget, and delivering on time. Today, his passion is for investing in next-generation talent and empowering others in the creative process.

Jason Vandergrift, Designer-Programmer

Jason started working with audio at a young age, taking apart speakers and other electronics. His first mixing job was for the middle school assemblies when he was 13. Always being around audio, he developed a passion for live music and was involved wherever he could. Citrus College was the natural place to build industry skills for engineering and design, working in the studio installing consoles and wiring patch bays. Shortly after work at Citrus, Jason started work at Tech Arts as an installer and office assistant. In addition to working at Tech Arts, Jason manages a tech department at a local church and runs many private events. After taking a larger role in the design process at Tech Arts, Jason now handles the majority of the company’s programming and technical troubleshooting. Jason has an easy going take on life, preferring sandals and tee shirts vs the techy industry polo shirts. In contrast, he has a high standard for excellence and is persistent in finding the answers to complex technical problems, sometimes getting manufactures to write new code.

Suzanne Borland – Accounting

Of course every office needs a numbers person and that is Suzanne.  She remembers sitting on her father’s lap and playing with his adding machine and had her own toy abacus.   She spent 15 years of working finance in the medical field where she met her husband, and then 10 years of working church finance where she met Chuck.  Now she is at TechArts, that is when she is not traveling up and down to Big Bear, playing with her two grandsons or heading out to see her son at the latest Air Force base he is stationed at. Wherever she is you can be pretty sure she has music on around her too.

 

Christian Spurlock-Operations Manager

Christian first discovered his love for audio in Jr. High. He started running sound for his youth group at church. He instantly fell in love with all things tech. He eventually worked his way up to running sound in the main sanctuary at his church and for multiple plays at his high school. After High School he was given the opportunity to be a production intern and attend Recording Connection Audio Institute. He continued to gain experience working for an electrical company as a warehouseman. There he was in charge of handling material and coordination, which made him the perfect fit for TechArts. He now handles the coordination of equipment, material and installers to ensure that all projects stay on task. Christian also has a great love for live sound and set design. He played a major role in the set design and tech decisions at his church where he was production intern. He continually desires to learn and grow in his knowledge of live production and technology.

Mitchell Ebbott – Project Manager

Mitch has been moving between the stage and the sound booth since he first picked up a guitar and has been running live sound professionally for over ten years. After attending University of Delaware and working in IT for a stint, he moved to California to pursue a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he joined the chapel team as worship leader and later production coordinator, while working with the IT team on classroom technologies. He has served as both Worship Pastor and Technical Director at several churches in the San Gabriel Valley, most recently Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles. He has a passion for outdoor adventure, creative thinking, and making technology serve people.

 

Nathan Baldwin – Client Relations

Nathan has spent the last 2 decades working as a worship leader, band leader, set builder, studio musician and church consultant in and around Southern California. He has been privileged to serve at churches of 300 – 10k members and he brings that wide range of experience to every project he works on. He loves bringing new ideas to life and even more, taking something already good and figuring out how to make it great! For Nathan, it’s about finding the creative solution and it’s always about the people and personalities involved. Nathan enjoys talking gear as well as listening and learning about the unique context of each of our valued clients.

 

Leena Fritz – Business Administrator

From rolling up cables as a kid to working as a tech director, AVL production has always been a part of Leena’s life. She is a third generation church tech who learned the basics serving with her dad. Gaining more professional experience, she worked as a student technician at Hope International University under the mentorship of Chuck Mitchell, and in addition received her B.A. in Psychology and Counseling from the university. She has continued her career by serving as tech director at various churches, pursuing music and voice, and working as a business administrator at TechArts. She acts as operations assistant, purchasing associate and manages receiving and outgoing at the TechArts office. Whether it be on the stage, in the tech booth or in the office Leena feels privileged to contribute to the world of live production and the arts.

Mark Lillienthal – Foreman

Mark has been with the TechArts team for over four years. His attention to detail and great work ethic made him an ideal choice to lead our team. Mark studied Music at CSULB and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. He has a trained ear and knows what sounds good. His first experience doing installation work was 20 years ago when he helped remodel his parents home. He worked there every day through High School and helped make their dream and vision come true. Mark will make sure that your install goes well and you’re able to successfully fulfill your vision.

 

Nicolas Aufrecht – Installation Tech

Nick first discovered his passion for production in high school, where he volunteered at One & All Church in San Dimas, CA. He spent every summer there through high school learning as much as he could about tech. He mainly focused on live video production. When he graduated high school, he went to Hope International University in Fullerton, where he got a job as an event tech working under Chuck. His time there was spent learning sound, which became his main passion, but he also learned a lot about lighting. After college, he got hired at Tech Arts as an installer. He quickly learned the ins and outs of safe, quality installation, and uses his knowledge to help troubleshoot when issues arise. He also serves as the Tech Coordinator at University Christian Church in Los Angeles, where he oversees all aspects of production.

Michael Molstad – Installation Tech

Michael has worked with reputable audio video companies for over a decade.  He is committed to ensuring that all connected systems operate reliably at peak performance. His work requires constant hands-on installation solutions for today’s audio, video and lighting equipment. Michael contributes to our strategy for construction and installation from start to finish. When not working Michael enjoys playing with his two boxers and studying the etymology of words from the 13th,14th and 15th Century.

 

Joey Hellen Lloyd – Installation Tech

Joey is committed to providing the highest quality AV systems for our clients. While his career path has been diverse, the common thread is his ability to approach new and challenging situations and fulfil the task at hand. He contributes to our team with his noteworthy work ethic, organisational and troubleshooting skills. He has a thirst for knowledge and loves applying what he has learned in the field to each and every job he is presented with. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors be it hiking, camping or trail running.

 


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