Featured Students

Taylor Rae Vencill

Age 20 – Singer/Songwriter

Taylor Rae Vencill

Folk, rock, pop, blues – she sings and writes it all; Featured solo artist at Musicians’ Institute Hollywood “Summer Shot” session 2011; Graduated from Musicians Institute (MI) and is performing all over LA area, including the legendary House of Blues; Taylor Rae & Band won “battle of the bands” at MI her last semester there; Local “celebrity” in the Santa Cruz and surrounding areas with excellent write-ups and reviews for her performances in area theater productions (e.g. Fame, Dorothy in “Wizard of Oz”) and performing live since her early teens.

Amy Gass

Singer/Songwriter

Amy Gass

Winner of international country web radio station and winning song “Face in the Mirror”, which was featured on over 100 radio stations including BBC; Multiple gold medal winner at World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA); Double platinum award (highest award) at Youth Focus Competition, San Jose, CA.; Performed live and interviewed on country radio KRTY San Jose

Aidan Cleary

Theater – Singer & Actor

Aidan Cleary

Tenor with great range vocally and emotionally; based out of New York where he is attending Sarah Lawrence College; a “working professional” having worked in Michigan as Willard in “Footloose” and singing from “West Side Story”, “The Last Five Years” and “The Book of Mormon” in the theater’s cabaret; Leading roles in many productions in the Santa Clara County area (e.g. Legally Blonde); Soloist in many local and area performances, recitals, workshops, etc., including performing with Michael Orland, American Idol music director, and Broadway actress Amy Ryder.

Takuma Matsui

Age 19 – Singer, Instrumentalist-Arranger, Song/Music Writer
Plays: Piano/Keyboard, Guitar, Ukulele and Saxophone

Takuma Matsui

A Bay Area/Boston based musician, originally born in Tokyo, Japan; Currently studies music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, studying voice and majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production and Film Scoring; Wide experience as an arranger/composer and performer, writes and arranges original and cover songs for himself, small ensembles and school band; Versatility in playing a number of contrasting genres authentically; Independently learned piano, guitar, drums, and alto saxophone; Current primary focus of study lies in arranging and the study of vocal and instrumental jazz.

Naomi “Numi” Campbell

Age 19 – Singer/Songwriter
Plays: Piano

Numi Campbell

The signs were there when we first met at age 14 that she had “it”! Natural talent with great range, flavor and style and a great look.

Bobby Chiorean

Singer/Songwriter
Plays: Guitar and Keyboard

Bobby Chiorean

Unique, smooth, rich sound that works with multiple styles/genres; Successful auditions for X-Factor up to final interviews and selection for the telecast; Plays multiple venues San Jose area and expanding to SoCal; Performs as soloist, duet with brother Jason “Jaydog” and featured in duet on debut EP of Shamina Khangaldy who caught the eye of Ryan Seacrest on YouTube

Kira Merkel

Age 13 – Singer & Actress

Kira Merkel

Leading lady and featured roles in many productions in the San Jose/Santa Clara area; Winner at Santa Clara County Fair competition multiple years; Featured performer at school events; Performed National Anthem at local events.

Maya Agnew a.k.a. “Maya Victoria”

Singer

Maya Victoria

The whole package – performer with unique sound, great look, great person, smart, talented and beautiful, dedicated to her craft; Debut single “Swagga Boy” on Vevo and YouTube

Ruwani

Age 11 -Singer, Actress & Dancer

Ruwani

Ruwani has participated in school drama productions, choir and started playing the piano at age four and a half. In addition, she plays the flute for her middle school band and has been studying ballet since the age of five. Recently, she performed in “Winter Wonderland” at the Campbell Heritage Theatre and currently participates in the Certificate of Merit and the National Guild. Although Ruwani is new to the pursuit of singing, she brings a great talent and potential to this endeavor and I expect great things from and for her.