Performance Teacher

Raymond Garza

Ray is overjoyed to find his way back to Hollywood Schoolhouse since leaving in 2004. Originally from McFarland, CA (and member of the 1992 state cross country team as featured in Disney’s McFarland USA), Ray received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of La Verne in Music Performance – Voice, and soon after, joined the HSH family teaching performance, dance, and music. While previously at HSH, Ray co-wrote an original children’s musical titled A Scrambled Tale which was recorded by the HSH students. Ray is honored to return to the HSH family eager to share with the children the performance knowledge and experiences he acquired from his travels, around the world.

After leaving HSH in 2004, Ray joined East of Doheny Productions, a multi-faceted independent production company, with credits including Broadway’s Grey Gardens, The Full Monty, Napoleon and Flower Drum Song. While at East of Doheny, Ray managed and directed an affiliate children’s art program and after visiting children’s theatre programs throughout the United States, he returned to create a children’s summer camp for the arts. Music Theatre International awarded Ray the Most Outstanding Musical Director Award at their annual Junior Theatre Festival in 2005 and in 2006 his children’s theatre group was featured in the National Tour of Evita at the Pantages Theatre. While at East of Doheny, Ray produced and directed, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Wizard of Oz.

In 2007, Ray became a member of the Pacific Chorale, one of America’s great choirs, delighting national and international audiences under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director, John Alexander. Shortly after in 2008, Ray became a Production and Music Manager for Stiletto Entertainment. As Production and Music Manager, he oversaw singers, dancers and musicians aboard all Holland America Cruise Line Ships and enjoyed 8 years of traveling and seeing the world!

Ray continues to perform throughout Los Angeles, appearing on the Greek Theatre stage in, Pete Townshend’s Quadrophenia, featuring Alfie Boe and Billy Idol.  Ray also sang backup for Jared Leto’s band, 30 Seconds to Mars, in “Walk On Water.”  You can find Ray as a Cantor, each weekend, at Blessed Sacrament Church.

Favorite Food:
Sopa de Fideo
Favorite Book:
Embraced By The Light by Betty Eadie
Favorite Album:
Rent – Original Broadway Cast Recording
Favorite Song:
Wind Beneath My Wings
Favorite HSH Event/Tradition:
HSH School Musical!