Faculty & Staff

Rachel St. Marseille

Rachel St. Marseille

Coordinator

Teaches: Beginning Voice, Intermediate Voice, Advanced Voice

rachel.stmarseille@ocsarts.net

Rachel St. Marseille graduated from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach with a double major in music education and vocal performance, with an emphasis in jazz studies.

In addition to her position as coordinator for the Commercial Music Program, she is a faculty member at Occidental College, teaches private jazz voice, and is the director of Children's Music at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.

Ms. St.Marseille has performed all over the world, including in Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and across the United States. Her performance highlights include being a featured soloist for a Whitney Houston Tribute at the Disney Concert Hall, performing with the Billy Vaughn Orchestra on a three-week tour in Japan with the Billy Vaughn Singers, and singing backup with the Rolling Stones for its 50th Anniversary Tour at the Staples Center.

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Joey Ancona

Joey Ancona

Instructor

joey.ancona@ocsarts.net

Joey Ancona has been a theatre arts professional for more than twenty five years with experience in directing, acting, technical directing, sound design, and running crew development. A graduate of the California State University, Fullerton, Mr. Ancona is a professional arts teacher and a co-owner and music director of the School of Rock in Huntington Beach. He has worked with many critically acclaimed professionals, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Susan Egan, and Mathew Morrison.

Calvin Anderson

Calvin Anderson

Instructor

calvin.anderson@ocsarts.net

Calvin Anderson, a southern California native, earned a bachelor's degree in music from University of Southern California (USC), receiving a scholarship from the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Since graduating from USC in 2009, Mr. Anderson has divided his time between performing, composition, arranging, orchestration, and teaching. He has had the opportunity to work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Bublé, and many others. He currently serves as music director for two music groups and recently toured as a guitarist/pianist with his former student Skylar Stecker (Cherry Tree Records) as part of her 2016 national tour.

Reggie Ashley

Reggie Ashley

Instructor

Teaches: Beginning Guitar, Intermediate Guitar, Film/Game Scoring, Rock Ensemble

reggie.ashley@ocsarts.net

Reggie Ashley is a professional guitarist, singer, and writer with over 30 years of performing and recording experience. He is an acclaimed songwriter with numerous hit songs to his credit.

Ron Kobayashi

Ron Kobayashi

Instructor

Teaches: Beginning Keyboards, Intermediate Keyboards, Advanced Keyboards

ron.kobayashi@ocsarts.net

Ron Kobayashi is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and has taught since the 1980s both privately and in the classroom. Mr. Kobayashi was recognized as a Role Model and Inspiration for Asians in the Field of Music by the Orange County Asian Business Association in 2005.

As a pianist and composer, Mr. Kobayashi has performed and recorded in a variety of musical settings. He has performed with Mel Torme, Peter Frampton, Margaret Whiting, Tom Scott, Kenny Burrell, Peter White, Jerry Van Dyke, comedian Bob Saget, and Paula Kelly Jr., as well as the Modernaires. Additionally, Ron and his band have shared the stage with David Sanborn, the rock group Berlin, Eddie Palmieri, David Benoit, Cirque Du Soleil, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

 

Mr. Kobayashi’s jazz trio has recorded five CDs and one DVD to date, receiving airplay around the world. In 1992, he performed for President Bill Clinton. Additionally, in 1996 his jazz trio was awarded Outstanding Jazz Group in Orange County by the Orange County Weekly. And in 2012, they were nominated for Best Jazz by the Orange County Music Awards. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Kobayashi's television appearances have included: featured performer on The Johnny Yune Television Show, the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and several appearances on the TVONE series Life After. For five years, he served as Music Director for the Annual Hollywood Diversity Awards, where stars, including Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, and George Lopez were honored. Several cuts from his Trio’s discs were used in the Gary Busey movie, Sam and Janet.

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Richard Niles

Richard Niles

Instructor

richard.niles@ocsarts.net

Dr. Richard Niles’ career spans TV & film, pop, R&B, rock, and jazz as a composer, producer, songwriter/lyricist, arranger, conductor, broadcaster, bandleader, recording artist, author, and educator. He has contributed to over 40 hits. Records featuring his work have sold over 250 million copies worldwide. His new jazz-fusion orchestral recording BANDZILLA RISES!!! was released 2016. 

Scott Ragotskie

Scott Ragotskie

Instructor

Teaches: Music Tech, Recording Ensemble

scott.ragotskie@ocsarts.net

Scott Ragotskie has been a sound engineer and producer since the 1990s. His credits include the Offspring, Emblem 3, Chris Thompson of Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Sugar Ray, and Electronics Arts’ Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed. 

He is currently the owner, engineer, and producer at Skie Music Group and the manager of A&R for Song Synergy / Radioflag. Mr. Ragotskie is a Certified ProTools instructor and operator and teaches college level Music Production for Fullerton College and MediaTech Institute.

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Tony Torres

Tony Torres

Instructor

Teaches: Beginning Drums, Intermediate Drums, Advanced Drums, Rock Ensemble

tony.torres@ocsarts.net

Tony Torres has been a working drummer since the 1970s. He recorded and performed with great bands and entertainers, including Henry Mancini, Third Force, Eric Marienthal and Michael Anthony. He is a multi-instrumentalist and is just as comfortable singing, playing guitar, or keyboards as he is playing drums. He is a highly regarded educator in the field of percussion.