Academy of Visual and Performing Arts


Violinist Victoria Nicole Belliard is earning her Bachelor's degree in violin performance at La Sierra University, where she studies with Jason Uyeyama. Ms. Belliard has served as concertmaster for several orchestras including the La Sierra University Symphony, University of Redlands Youth Symphony, and the Credo Summer Music Festival Orchestra at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. In 2008, Ms. Belliard opened a private studio of violin students and discovered her love of teaching and the power of music. Since then she has become an assistant teacher for the Orange County String Studio. Ms. Belliard has volunteered as a violin teacher for underserved children in San Bernardino, through Community Kids Connection and as a volunteer at Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) at HOLA in Los Angeles.


Alberto Calvillo has been playing percussion since 2003 and has gone across the country with his skills. He began learning percussion under Paul Locke, who recommended him to join the San Bernardino County Music Educators Association honor band in 2006. From there he also participated in the group in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Alberto was influenced into drum-line in 2008 by Daniel Gervais and joined the Cajon High marching band as a snare drummer under James Heller. In 2012 Alberto played tenor drums in San Bernardino Percussion under Daniel Gervais. Alberto started attending La Sierra University in 2012 and undertook a very thorough education in mallet percussion under Jamie Douglass. The summer of 2014 showed his greatest musical achievement, as he travelled across the country with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps under the instruction of Seth Woodard and Jonathan Mylenek.

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Zoë Godfrey began her music experience with violin lessons in kindergarten and then piano lessons in the second grade. After some encouragement from her piano teacher, she began taking harp lessons in 2005. She has focused her efforts on harp since then. Some of the highlights of her experience have included performances as the principal harpist with the Celestia Harp Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Beverly Wesner-Hoehn, performing in her orchestral debut as principal harpist with the Auburn Symphony in 2011, and performing as principal harpist with the La Sierra University Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2012. She is a sophomore Marketing major pursuing a minor in Harp Performance. Zoë feels privileged to have worked with excellent harp teachers in the past, and is now studying with Jacqueline Marshall.



Trace Huang has been taking private lessons for the piano and the violin since age six. Since a young age, he has been performing and competing around his hometown Madison, Wisconsin. In 2012, Trace was accepted to La Sierra University for violin, and placed first in the Promising Young Artist Scholarship Competition.

As a pianist, Trace has participated in the Los Angeles Liszt International Competition in 2010, and has won the MTAC State Piano Solo Competition in 2009. As a violinist, Trace's trio has won several local and international competitions. Trace was invited to perform in Carnegie Weill Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and in various countries, including Estonia, Finland, and Russia. Upon acceptance to La Sierra University, he has been playing concertmaster and principal second violinist of the LSU Orchestra since his freshman year. He currently studies under Jason Uyeyama.

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Kevin Jimenez is a skillful and adaptable drummer/percussionist in Southern California. Several years ago, his first lesson with David Gould inspired him to pursue a career in music. Since then, he has studied with Jamie Douglass and currently takes lessons from Mike Johnston.

He is completing a degree in Music Technology at La Sierra University. As an active performer, Kevin is a member of a Jazz Fusion Band, "HTG", as well as La Sierra University's Wind Ensemble and Big Band and has performed with the Orchestra & Jazz Combo.

Kevin has had the privilege of performing with artists such as Melissa Polinar, US, Nessa Rica, Richard Tranley, and Daniel Rosa from the Voice.


Paulette is a Vocal Performance major at La Sierra University under the guidance of Dr. Raejin Lee. Her first career choice was nursing, but eventually she succumbed to her first love, music. She loves it so much that she teaches private voice lessons.

Her latest roles were Maria in the La Sierra productions of The Sound of Music, Golde from The Fiddler on the Roof, and Rosalinda from Strauss' opera, Die Fledermaus. For the past two years, she has won 1st and 2nd in the Marguerite Marsh Vocal Scholarship Competition and 1st place in the Riverside Opera Guild Vocal Competition. This past summer, she has been the evangelistic singer on a mission trip to General Santos, Philippines.

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Susana Leiva Ovalle was born in 1992 in Santiago, Chile. She began piano lessons at the age of four with Georgina Gonzalez and later, at the age of twelve, with Armand Abols. From the time Susana transferred from Universidad Adventista de Chile to La Sierra University in 2011, she has been studying voice with Dr. Raejin Lee, organ with Dr. Kimo Smith, and piano with Dr. Elvin Rodríguez.

Susana has performed in various choral ensembles, Wind Ensemble, annual Opera Galas, and many other operatic outreach programs, including numerous recitals for the Riverside Opera Guild. She is also an active performer in the Greater Los Angeles area, singing for many different churches and a variety of philanthropic events. In recognition of her fine work, Susana won first place in the Riverside Opera Guild Competition in 2013, and second and first prizes in the Marguerite Marsh Scholarship Competition in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

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Jonathan Mamora is a sophomore Piano Performance/Pre-Medicine major at La Sierra University. He has been studying piano for the last 15 years and is currently studying with Dr. Elvin Rodríguez. He has competed and has been a prizewinner in regional and international competitions, including the IIYM International Piano Competition, the Glendale Piano Competition, and the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Piano Competition. He is also a member of the prestigious MTAC Young Artist Guild. He has traveled around the nation and performed in many different venues. At school, he is a member of several ensembles as a percussionist, bass (voice), and pianist. He often performs as an accompanist for vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles, and choirs.

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Royce Olarte is currently a sophomore here at La Sierra University as a Biomathematics major, music minor, and is pursuing the Secondary Teaching Credentials for Mathematics. Prior to attending La Sierra University, he studied piano under the direction of Mrs. Hellen Juman and participated in several competitions/evaluations such as the Inland Empire Piano Festival. By his junior year of high school, Royce completed the Advanced Level of the MTAC Certificate of Merit Evaluations for Piano with honors, as well as received top honors in the annual National Guild of Piano Teachers Evaluations. In addition to piano, Royce plays the clarinet, bass clarinet, and ukulele. He has been a member of the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Big Band, and Clarinet Chamber Group.

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Natalyn Rodriguez is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts in Music at La Sierra University. She began taking piano lessons from a young age and completed the advanced level in the annual Certificate of Merit examination in 2010. She specializes in teaching beginner level piano lessons, focusing on developing foundational techniques for the students to apply to their performances. She also has a love for composition, and enjoys bringing out the creativity of her students.

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