Faculty & Staff

Rachel Kramer

Rachel Kramer

Coordinator

Teaches: Music Theory I, Lead Sheets & Transcriptions, Rock Ensemble I

rachel.kramer@ocsarts.net

Vocalist, arranger, and educator Rachel Kramer is a graduate from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach with a double Bachelor of Music Degree in vocal performance and music education.

Ms. Kramer has always had a passion for teaching and educating the future generations of artists. She is an active member of The Association of Popular Music Education (APME) and currently the Coordinator of the Commercial Music Program at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, CA. She has directed groups at McAuliffe Middle School, Marina High School, Idyllwild Summer Arts Program, and Occidental College. Ms. Kramer is also an accomplished vocal arranger, contracted to arrange for artists, vocal groups, and companies throughout the United States. 

As a vocalist, Ms. Kramer has performed all over the world, including Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan, and across the with the Billy Vaughn Orchestra as a member of the vocal trio, The Billy Vaughn Singers, performing with The Filharmonic at the MGM United States. Performance highlights include being a featured soloist for a Whitney Houston Tribute at the Disney Concert Hall, performing Grand Garden Arena, and singing backup with the Rolling Stones for their 50th Anniversary Tour at the Staples Center.

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Calvin Anderson

Calvin Anderson

Instructor

Teaches: Guitar I/II

calvin.anderson@ocsarts.net

Calvin Anderson, a southern California native, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from University of Southern California, receiving a scholarship for composition from The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.  Since graduating from USC in 2009, Mr. Anderson has divided his time between performing, composing, arranging, orchestrating and teaching.  A multi-instrumentalist proficient on guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bouzouki, banjo, and piano, Mr. Anderson regularly performs around Southern California and currently serves as music director of two chamber folk ensembles, Riamh and The Reelers. 

He has had the opportunity to work with such artists, organizations, and ensembles as The Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Blizzard Entertainment, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Rachelle Farrell, Charles Aznavour, Michael Bublé and many others.

In addition to performing Calvin serves as an instructor at Orange County School of The Arts and maintains a studio of private students taught locally and worldwide via Skype.

 

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Baba Elefante

Baba Elefante

Instructor

Bass I/II

baba.elefante@ocsarts.net

Baba Elefante is a freelance bassist and composer. He was nominated as one of the nation's top bass players in a Bass Player Magazine poll. Mr. Elefante has released two solo CDs titled, “Watch For One” and “Bassic Christmas,” as well as two CDs with Toxic Jazz, featuring Eric Marienthal, Ronnie Ciago, David Jennings and Dave Murdy.

Mr. Elefante has been the bassist for The Ron Kobayashi Trio for more that 21 years, along with other group members Steve Dixon and Ron Kobayashi. The trio has recorded four CDs: “Ron Kobayashi Trio,” “Exotic Places,” “No Preservatives,” and “Be Bop and Swing”. Mr. Elefante has also recorded and performed with jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, jazz legend Ron Eschete, Paul Gilbert, Duke Robillard, David Garfield and Actor/Recording artist Frank Stallone; saxophonists Tom Scott, Pete Christlieb, Justo Almario, Eric Marienthal, and Brandon Fields, Yes/Moody Blues; keyboardists Patrick Moraz, Lee Osker of the band War, and Kansas lead vocalist, John Elefante.

Mr. Elefante’s studio work spans television, movies, and records, including the 1995 Universal movie, The Hunted.

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Gregory Fletcher

Gregory Fletcher

Instructor

Teaches: Voice I/II, Songwriting I, Advanced Songwriting

gregory.fletcher@ocsarts.net

Gregory Fletcher is a versatile, award-winning artist thriving in the greater Los Angeles area. As a vocalist originally from California’s Inland Empire, he has become a multifaceted musician, obtaining session work in various musical genres including R&B, jazz, gospel, pop, classical, musical theater, and folk. Mr. Fletcher has recently obtained his Bachelor of Jazz Studies degree from the prestigious Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University Long Beach. He also received numerous accolades during his studies, including a full tuition Jenkins Scholarship, two Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival soloist awards, and the chance to perform around the world, spanning from the Monterey Jazz Festival, multiple ACDA and JEN conventions, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, to venues in Europe including St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the Eisteddfod competition in Llangollen, Wales.

He has performed alongside world-renowned artists including The New York Voices, M-Pact, Kurt Elling, as well as R&B artist Ledisi and American Soul band Frankie Beverly and Maze. Mr. Fletcher currently works as a private voice and piano instructor, studio musician, lead vocalist of R&B band MiloBloom, and writes for several Warner Music Group artists. He has had the opportunity to serve as a guest artist, educator, adjudicator, and clinician at numerous Heritage Festivals, SCVA Festivals, the Fullerton Jazz Festival, as well as the Monterey Next Generation Summer Jazz Camp. During his diverse and abundant experiences as a performer and educator, Mr. Fletcher has maintained his innate passion for music and its effect on the world, all while gaining tools and knowledge that have aided him in giving back to the community and furthering the boundaries of music.

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Eddie Grey

Eddie Grey

Instructor

Teaches: Film & Game Scoring, Music Theory II

eddie.grey@ocsarts.net

Eddie Grey is a multi-faceted composer, arranger, songwriter, and producer whose music industry track record speaks for itself. The Los Angeles-based musician began playing with synthesizers and writing on computer programs at an early age, eventually beginning a musical education that would lead him to the world of composing, songwriting and producing. He quickly found work as a composer and realized his talents for placing music; launching a career that positioned him as a versatile industry partner.

Eddie’s work as a composer spans a variety of television and film projects including the main title theme for DirectTV’s “Celebrity Beach Bowl” as well as the theme for their Fantasy Football Channel, ABC’s World of X-Games. He’s the Head Composer for A&E’s Emmy Award-winning series Born This Way and TLC’s The Healer, even being selected to provide the main title theme for the documentary series. Not to mention working on a new pilot for Bunim-Murray Productions.

Grey's dedication to his craft and continuous hard work is obvious with each successful project and placement. His vast knowledge of the music industry and many years working as a musician ensure every project is met with the attention to detail and the musical direction it deserves.

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Ron Kobayashi

Ron Kobayashi

Instructor

Teaches: Keyboards II

ron.kobayashi@ocsarts.net

Ron Kobayashi is a pianists and composer in the Orange County and Los Angeles area. Mr. Kobayashi has performed with a variety of musical artists, including Mel Torme, Kenny Burrell, Peter Frampton, Tom Scott, Margaret Whiting, Peter White and comedian Bob Saget. For five years, he served as musical director for The Hollywood Diversity Awards, where such stars as Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, and George Lopez were honored. Mr. Kobayashi has made numerous television appearances, including on The Johnny Yune Show, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, American Stars and with Jackee' Harris on “Life After” on the TVONE Network. In 1992, Mr. Kobayashi performed for President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Kobayashi is the band leader for the Ron Kobayashi Trio (with Baba Elefante on bass and Steve Dixon on drums). The ensemble has been together for more than 25 years, recording five CDs and one DVD to date, receiving airplay around the world. Original compositions from the trio's discs were used in the motion picture Sam and Janet starring Gary Busey. The Ron Kobayashi Trio was voted “Best Jazz” in Orange County by readers of the OC Weekly in 1996 and was nominated for “Best Jazz Group” in Orange County in 2012 at the Orange County Music Awards. In 2005, Ron was awarded “Role Model and Inspiration for Asian Americans in the Field of Music” by the Orange County Asian Business Association.

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Jamond McCoy

Jamond McCoy

Instructor

Teaches: Advanced Music Theory, Music Theory III, Arranging I/II

Jamond McCoy is an improvisational jazz and gospel influenced vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger, session singer, and accompanist creating music for various venues and other fellow musicians. He is dedicated and committed to giving each musical endeavor the passion, energy and respect it deserves. Mr. McCoy is the baritone for the famous acappella group, m-pact and is also a passionate educator, teaching privately and at various studios throughout Southern California. He has worked as the Assistant Director at the Monterey Jazz Summer Camp, the famous Acappella Academy (Ben Bram and Avi Kaplan form PTX) and loves giving back to the church communities that helped shape him as a musical director. Mr. McCoy will be teaching at the Orange County School of the Arts in both the Commercial Music Program and the Integrated Arts Conservatory, as is the vocal director for OCSA’s performing group, Montage!

Devin Norris

Devin Norris

Instructor

Teaches: Keyboards I

Devin is a pianist/composer based in Los Angeles. Devin graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Piano. As a pianist, Norris has been seen on TV shows such as Jane The Virgin, performing with artist David Bisbal. As a composer, Norris has composed music for brands such as Mercedes-Benz, NFL, The Voice, and over 50 other television shows. He also worked as the lead composer for the Emmy-winning show, Born this Way, in its second and third seasons. As a producer, Norris has written string arrangements for artists such as Faith Evans, The Common Kings, and Clinton Sparks.

Scott Ragotskie

Scott Ragotskie

Instructor

Teaches: Recording I/II, Advanced Recording

scott.ragotskie@ocsarts.net

Scott Ragotskie is a recording engineer and producer with over 30 years of professional experience in audio engineering and music production. Scott began his career in 1986 as a freelance engineer for McCune Audio and soon afterwards, went to work as the Chief Engineer for Bandiest Productions. In 1996, Scott opened up his own recording and rehearsal studio called Sound Matrix, which he operated for 15 Years. Scott is currently the founder and owner of Skie Music Group, an artist development and management company, and owns his own recording studio located in San Clemente, CA.

 

Notable clients include: The Offspring, Sugar Ray, Emblem 3, Common Kings, No Doubt,  Dave Lombardo of Slayer, BNL, and Lee Rocker of Stray Cats

As an educator, Scott began teaching recording engineering as an adjunct instructor at Fullerton College in 2001. In addition to teaching at the Orange County School of the Arts, Scott is also employed at Saddleback College as a Senior Lab Technician for the Music Department and maintains all of the Music Technology Classrooms and Recording Studio. Scott also works as Freelance engineer for The Offspring at their personal studio in Huntington Beach.

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Jeff Ruiz

Jeff Ruiz

Instructor

Teaches: Rock Ensemble

Jeff Ruiz began playing guitar at the age of twelve. His early influences were Classic Rock and Jazz. Inspired by his guitar teacher, he became interested in writing and improvising on the guitar. In High School he auditioned and was excepted into the Southern California High School Band and Orchestra all Star Jazz ensemble two years in a row. In 1987, Mr. Ruiz received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he began to acquire the tools to deepen an understanding of many different styles of music. While at Berklee, he was taught by world-class musicians. Under their guidance, Mr. Ruiz dove deeply into Jazz theory and Pop song writing and achieved a Bachelors of Arts in Jazz Guitar Performance. In 1990, he moved back to San Diego and began working with local artists and bands along with studio work in San Diego and Los Angeles. He has traveled and performed all around the world creating music while teaching private guitar to all levels of musicians.

Brandon Snyder

Brandon Snyder

Instructor

Teaches: Music Business & Media

Composer, writer, and performer Brandon Lincoln Snyder is always questioning the boundaries of making music. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Harvard University where he studied with Chaya Czernowin and Steven Kazuo Takasugi. He has been commissioned by the Nebula Ensemble, Face the Music, and the Harvard Group for New Music. His music, as well as his writing and radio, have been featured by the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Downbeat magazine, and the Harvard Crimson. In addition to teaching in OCSA’s jazz and commercial music programs, Mr. Snyder works for Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles. Outside of work, he loves to swim, play keyboards in church bands, and learn the German language.

Tony Torres

Tony Torres

Instructor

Teaches: Drum lab I/II, Rock Ensemble

tony.torres@ocsarts.net

Tony Torres is a professional drummer and educator in Southern California. With a musical career that began at the age of seven, Mr. Torres has played it all: from high school All American Band, to Buckeye State Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps, to mentoring and teaching the future generation of artists at The Orange County School of the Arts. Mr. Torres has circumnavigated the globe many times, playing countless venues with ‘name’ entertainment, including: Henry Mancini, Third Force, and Race No More featuring Geo Evans (guitarist for Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan). A notable force in the Los Angeles studio scene, Mr. Torres has played on numerous jingles, film scores, and records. Given his vast knowledge of various drumming styles and musical genres, he is in high demand for corporate band work as well. Tony Torres has been teaching privately and in the classroom for the past 20 years. He has taught at The Orange County School of the Arts since the inception of the Commercial Music program.