Faculty

Each student enrolled in the Angelica Arts and Music Academy, regardless of musical level is treated with equal respect and care by a highly qualified faculty.  Desire to learn and effort are the only prerequisites.

 

The following teachers bring a joy and enthusiasm to each and every class and student providing the basis for each student to develop a basic skill level and a life-long appreciation for the arts and music. 

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Juli Troy,

Flute/Oboe

BM, USC, worked with Art Share L A-Managing Director, The Broad
Stage- Development & Production Associate, taught/coordinated music at A Place Called Home.

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LaVette Allen

Violin

BM, Music University of Iowa, is a free-lance violist and violinist,
Principal Violist with the Peninsula Symphony and is African American.

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Ellen Sell,

Director, Chorus Teaching Artist

MA, Theatre Arts, CSULA, studied at USC, served as coordinator for the
Performing Arts Academy-Garfield High School, LAUSD Theatre and Choral Arts.

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Mercedes Reyes

Piano

BA in Music Ed./Piano-Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de
Chile; taught in the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica-Santiago. She is a bilingual Latina.

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Clavis Ballard 

Cello 

BA and MA in Music at California State University,  Los Angeles, taught orchestra and strings  at Garfield High School, LAUSD, and is Principal Cellist with the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra.

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Alejandro Acosta,

Guitar Teaching Artist

BM, National School of Music-Mexico City, is pursuing his Doctor
of Music at USC where he is a member of the Baroque Sinfonia. He is trilingual Latinx.

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Latrice Postell

Dance Teaching Artist

BA, Delaware State University, has studied and teaches lyrical, ballet
and hip hop dance, is a choreographer and dances with JazzAntiqua. She is African-American.

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Stephen “Nick” Sui

Recorder Teaching Artist

UCLA, performs in the Olancha Recorder Trio, Southern
California Recorder Society – member and treasurer, and L. A. Recorder Orchestra.

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Josued Hildago

Teaching Artist

is currently a Music major at Cal State University-Dominguez Hills
and is a church musician.  He is bilingual Latinx.

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Willis Masonheimer

Brass Teaching Artist

UCLA, founding member/artistic director of
Great American Yankee Freedom Band and performed with California Philharmonic.

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Marlene Beltran

Theatre Teaching Artist

BFA Theatre California Institute for the Arts, , works with Plaza de
Raza and the Unusual Suspects Theatre Co., a singer, director, and a bilingual Latinx.

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Alana Bianes

Piano Teaching Artist

BA UCLA, has ten years of piano experience and seven as a vocalist. She
helped facilitate an after-school music/singing program. She in Asian.

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Elizabeth Alcazar

Folklorico Dance Teaching Artist

Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes de Mexico. She has
taught with LAUSD and danced extensively in Southern California. She is a bilingual Latinx.

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Helen Trefflick,

Piano Teaching Artist

BS, El Camino College where she studied piano and voice. She teaches
private piano, is pianist for children’s choral groups, chamber ensemble and bands.