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BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Felicia Rojas, age 28, is a Grammy Nominated American violinist, vocalist, recording artist, and violin teacher working in the Los Angeles, Hobbs (NM), and Lubbock (TX) areas. Ms. Rojas is a versatile artist whose performing experience includes genres such as Classical, Country, Rock, Balkan, Celtic, Mariachi, and Peruvian Musica Criolla.

Ms. Rojas currently works with a number of LA bands including Mariachi Divas, Sukha, and Blackwaterside in addition to running her own band, AoE.

As a member of the Two-Time Grammy Award-Winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, Rojas has performed at a number of festivals in various cities such as the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival; the Sacramento Mariachi Festival; the Rosarito Mariachi Festival; and the Mariachi Northwest Festival in Wenatchee, Washington.  She has also taught workshops in Spokane, Wenatchee, and Chicago. In addition, Rojas recently recorded on the Divas' 12th album, Tributo a Joan Sebastian y Rigoberto Alfaro, which was nominated for Best Regional Mexican Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards, as well as on a collaboration between Divas and Ozomatli for the latter's recently released album. In her most recent performance with the Divas, Dr. Rojas sang the National Anthem at the LA Coliseum for the Mexico vs Croatia game on May 27th. For more information on Mariachi Divas, please visit mariachidivasinc.com.

Felicia plays frequently with the new age band Sukha for bandleader and yoga instructor Sukhmani's yoga classes in Lomita and Manhattan Beach. The band also frequents festivals and holds yoga workshops and clinics throughout the year in addition to maintaining its concert schedule. For more information on Sukha, please visit sukhatheband.com.

Ms. Rojas also occasionally performs as a member of flutist Susan Craig Winsberg's Celtic band Blackwaterside as lead vocalist and fiddle player. For more information about Blackwaterside, please visit blackwaterside.com.

Over the last year, Felicia has put together and performed several shows with her own anime and video game music cover band called AoE ("Area of Effect") The Group has performed at Lubbock Con, Hub City Comic Con, San Angelo Comic Con, and AnimeWTX. Currently the group is working on putting together its first album with a set of music videos for YouTube and band promotion. AoE aims to perform everyone's favorite anime and video game music in performances across the country.

 

Ms. Rojas enjoys teaching private lessons and performing at weddings and receptions. To book a gig or request lessons, please visit the Contact tab.​

Dr. Rojas currently resides in Lubbock, Texas, where she coaches sectionals for middle school and high school orchestras, co-directs the Texas Tech University Mariachi Los Matadores, performs with Moonlight Musicals, and teaches private lessons. She also teaches a set of beginning Suzuki violin classes for the 21st CCLC after school program twice a week in Hobbs, NM.

Ms. Rojas received her Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace University, where she studied under Dr. Julian Ross. During her time at BW, she had the opportunity to participate in the Bach Festival Orchestra for four years (in performances of the Mass in B Minor, the St. Matthew Passion, the Christmas Oratorio, and the St. John Passion); productions of The Phantom of The Opera, Semele, and Our Town; and in masterclasses with Cleveland Orchestra members such as Takako Masami and Sonja Braaten.

Felicia also holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree and Master's degree from Texas Tech University, where she studied under Dr. John Gilbert. During her time at Tech, she participated as a member of the University Symphony Orchestra (2010-2015), the Graduate String Quartet (2011-2012), the LSO Educational String Quartet (2011-2012), the TTU Celtic Ensemble (2013-2014), The Eagle Heart Sisters dance troup (2014-2015), and the TTU Mariachi Los Matadores (2015). She has also performed at various churches in the Lubbock area, such as Westminster Presbyterian, First United Methodist, Lakeridge Methodist, and Christ the King Cathedral.

During her graduate studies, Dr. Rojas was also involved in coaching sectionals for the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock (2012-2014);  played for Lubbock Moonlight Musicals in productions such as South Pacific (2014), Titanic (2014), and Shrek (2015); participated in masterclasses with artists such as Charles Castleman and Lina Bahn; played and sang as a member of Mariachi Mexico Lindo (2012-2015); participated as a member of various Lubbock area orchestras such as the Lubbock Symphony (2010-2013), the Plainview Symphony (2011-2015), and the Big Spring Symphony (2012); and served as a librarian in the TTU orchestra library (2013-2015).