Performance Teacher

Raymond Garza

Ray is overjoyed to find his way back to Hollywood Schoolhouse since leaving in 2004. Originally from McFarland, CA, and a member of the 1992 state cross country team as featured in Disney’s feature film, “McFarland USA.  Ray received a Bachelor’s of Music Degree from the University of La Verne, in Voice Performance, and soon joined the HSH family teaching performance, dance, and music classes. In 2002, Ray co-wrote an original children’s musical titled “A Scrambled Tale” which was recorded by the HSH students and printed by Maverick Music.  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.

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.”  In 2019, Ray was honored to be part of Sarah Brightman’s “Hymn” Tour, performing in the choir at the Anaheim Honda Center and the Hollywood Dolby Theatre.  You can also find Ray as a cantor and a choral member at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood.

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!