Ever since his youth, Ben has been entranced by music. He began playing piano and clarinet in elementary school, and later picked up saxophone and guitar. He now studies classical and jazz saxophone performance at El Camino College under the guidance of Ann Patterson. He performs with the El Camino Symphonic Band and Jazz Band and will be performing a solo concerto with the El Camino Orchestra this Spring. Whether it be through avid listening, performance, or study, Ben wishes to continue his musical journey into university and beyond; along the way uncovering the life-enriching truths of music.
Jamie was born in Taiwan and moved to California in 2017. She has studied piano at El Camino College with Dr. Chambers-Salazar for two years and was selected to perform in three piano masterclasses held at El Camino College. She greatly loves piano and aspires to become a music teacher.
Liana Wopschall is a music major at El Camino College pursuing opera and musical theatre. She studies with Erin Wood in the Applied Music program and independently with Ann Grennan. Her most notable and recent accomplishments include placing first in VOCE (a state-wide competition), participating in Music Academy of the West’s opera auxiliary chorus in its production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, placing first in the most advanced level within her age group in the Crescendo International Music Competition where she sang in Carnegie Hall, receiving the Daily Breeze “Making a Difference Award”, and playing Marsinahin MBCC’s production of Kismet. She plans to transfer to California State University, Long Beach, this fall to continue her studies as well as to continue developing her craft.
Before beginning his studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Barney Aparicio graduated from the Herb Albert Music Academy at Los Angeles City College. He is currently in his Junior year at CSUDH, studying saxophone performance with Dr. Chika Inoue. After attaining his bachelor’s degree, Barney plans are to continue studying saxophone in graduate school.
Jon Reyes is a classical guitarist currently studying at El Camino College. He is also a member of various classical guitar societies in Southern California such as the American Guitar Society(Valley Glen), Orange County Guitar Circe(Orange, CA), and theVietnamese American Classical Guitar Society(Westminster). Over the years, he has had the privilege of studying with outstanding classical guitarists Tizoc Estrada, Jon Minei and John Dearman.
In the fall, Mr. Reyes will transfer to California State University, Fullerton, to pursue his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical guitar performance under the guidance of Martha Masters and Andrew York. He also hopes to be admitted to the University of Southern California to pursue a doctoral degree in music.
Once his academic studies are completed, Mr. Reyes plans to become a music professor at various colleges and universities. He also wishes to establish a non-profit music organization with the purpose of donating musical instruments to those who are in need.
Mexican-born singer-songwriter, Eda Villegas, developed her passion for music after she moved to Long Beach, California, in 2008. After many years performing in local choirs, she learned to play guitar and piano and began her journey as a songwriter. Primarily specializing in jazz, indie rock, and nueva cançion, Eda uses these musical genres as her principal means of artistry and expression. She is currently studying music education with an emphasis on voice at California State University, Dominguez Hills’ Department of Music. Eda has been featured in honor recitals for the CSUDH Department of Music during fall, 2018, and spring, 2019. She has also been part of special performances for the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and for LA Galaxy.