As Music Program director at Vision College in Christchurch, Kaye Grenon’s passion is to see her students grow into vibrant young leaders who are equipped and empowered to serve in the church and their local communities. While the Christchurch earthquakes brought struggles for the college staff, it was also an incredible time for both staff and students to really demonstrate the love and support they have for one another.
Kaye describes her students in glowing terms; ‘I adore them – they are such precious lives, growing into who they are destined to be’
Kaye and husband Kit, who is also a tutor at the School of Music, set up an open door policy in February 2011, making their home available to any students without a place to stay and in need of community. While the Grenon’s vision has always been for a school that nurtures students in addition to fostering musical excellence, this was taken to a whole new level in the weeks following the February quake with bedrooms in their home morphing into temporary classrooms and practice space. Kaye’s passion is not limited to helping her students develop as musicians, but to inspire them to discover who they really are and all that God has made them to be.
‘The majority of our students are aged 18-25 years old. We see this as such a pivotal shaping time in their lives, with the pressures of social media and other influences vying for their attention. These kids are exploring who they can be, and music is part of this journey of self-discovery and identity formation. Music and song writing are about telling one’s own unique story and giving expression to that. Songs are our story, breathing our own local worship expressions into the life of the local church and community.