Meet Rubi Chavez, a former Music Will student and an active classical vocal performance major at the University of Southern California.
Rubi started with Music Will back in 2014 at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA. The program has been apart of most of her life, so she often reflects on her modern band teacher, Mr. Vergara. She shares, “he was the one who raised me in a way, I grew up with him.” After receiving her acceptance letter to the Thorton School of Music at USC, she even sent him a thank you because he helped inspire her to continue her musical studies. This was Rubi’s “I made it moment” as he Thorton School of Music is the third best music school in the country.
Rubi reconnected with Music Will recently at the 2023 Benefit where she sang lead vocals alongside Grammy nominated singer and songwriter, Allison Russell. Rubi opens herself up to all the opportunities that come her way and finds pride in performing in different places with different people, whether well-known or not.
If she were to give music students a words of wisdom she shares, “no matter how old you are, there will always be people trying to bring you down but at the end of the day you have to get back up.” She enjoys giving back to her community and wants to be able to give younger students the opportunities that she received from Mr. Vergara.
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