Victor Lopez Sr. - Studio Director/Master Vocal & Performance Coach
known as 'Victor', is a native of the Washington Metropolitan area who's musical study began early in elementary school while taking private piano and voice lessons throughout middle and high school. During his high school years, Victor was actively involved in his home church Youth Ministry while leading worship and founding a youth choir who sang and performed most all works composed and arranged by Victor. After having won many titles in County Wide, District, and State vocal and piano competitions, he continued his education at Oral Roberts University to complete his BA Degree in Music Education with concentrations in both piano and vocal studies.
In the early 1990's while working in various churches, he founded Victor Lopez and Company, a traveling gospel group singing original contemporary and worship material composed by Victor. During this season, Victor composed and accumulated many original compositions such as worship tunes, solo works, choir arrangements, and children's music and plays for circulation in local churches and private schools. This experience would later lead him to a successful teaching career for many years to come. As the demand and popularity of his teaching style and philosophy grew by word of mouth,Victor
opened the doors of Lopez Studios, Inc. Performing Arts School in the late 1990's to offer instruction in the performing arts with a special emphasis on character development. Today, Lopez Studios, Inc. stands with over 200 students participating in its programs and has become one of the fastest growing performing arts schools in Northern Virginia.
After years of requests for his music, Victor
began production of an independent album. As the sole writer, producer, andarranger, the vision of this project would lead him to create an independent label to release his debut project as well as 'house' both a publishing and production branch. Light2Path Music was the result of this great endeavor. Victor is an accomplished and sought after composer, song writer, producer, educator and is considered one of the top Vocal/Performance Coach's in the Washington DC Metro area! He was also the 2010 Grand Finale Winner of the American Idol Dream Ticket!
Victor's students have performed on NBC, Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBC's The Voice, MTV, The Shakespeare Theatre, The X Factor, The Michael J. Fox Show, The Today Show, Fox 5, Off-Broadway, Broadway and have also produced singles, feature films, music videos, full albums and have been featured in syndicated commercials.
Rhonda Lopez - Director of Education
Rhonda received her BS Degree in Elementary Education at Oral Roberts University and further earned a Masters Degree in Middle School Education at George Mason University as well as a second Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.
Rhonda has over 2 decades combined experience in teaching, curriculum development, and management and leadership. Mrs. Lopez has taught in both private and public schools in the area and has had a successful teaching career that spans 20+ years. Rhonda is also currently an Administrator in Loudoun County Public Schools.
Erin Campagnoni - Piano/Vocal Instructor, Lopez Conservatory Program Music Director
Erin is excited to return on staff with Lopez Studios this year. She first began her journey with the company in 2007 by assisting with and instructing sessions of the summer music camp. Since then, she has been privileged to direct the summer music camps, direct the After School Program and join the Vocal and Piano Instruction faculty. Erin has studied voice for over 12 years. She first studied with Sherry Montgomery Doyle as well as vocal coaching with Victor Lopez.
Erin attended California Institute of the Arts majoring in Vocal Performance under the vocal instruction of Maria Dean. In her time at CalArts, Erin was involved in many opera productions including Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges
, Stravinsky's Mavra
, Mozart's The Magic Flute
, and Rameau's Platee.
Some of Erin's awards and honors include; The Superintendent's Music Award, the Departmental Award for Musical Excellence, and 2nd place in the NATS state-wide VA vocal competition.
Erin's other teaching credits include Music direction for Jungle Book Kids, Into The Woods Jr., Once On this Island Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., and 3 years of Directing our Drama Camp. She has also performed in Les Miserables and The Passage with Reston Community Players, Grease and Shrek with Alliance Theater, and is currently the Msuic Director for Aliance Theater's production of The Adams Family.
Cheri Johnson- Afterschool Program Lead Instructor, Master Acting Instructor/Coach
Cheri Anne Johnson completed her BFA in Theater at West Virginia University and her Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre at Purdue University. She has worked in several theatres throughout the DC area and eventually earned a SAG and AFTRA membership due to her hard work. After 3 years, Cheri moved to Los Angeles where she worked on a number of commercials, TV shows and an independent movie. She also studied Improv at the world famous Groundlings Theatre and became a member of the FTGU theatre company.
Cheri has also taught theatre at the college level and taught elementary, middle and high school theatre while working in Los Angeles and DC. She has experience in private coaching including auditioning, monologue and scene preparation. She loves taking students thru the magic of creating a character, building a scene, and instilling a love of the art of acting to her students. She is currently an acting instructor with Imagination Stage and is absolutely thrilled to be joining such a prestigious acting preparatory school with the entire team at Lopez Studios Inc. as well.
Michael Fowle- Lopez Conservatory Program Director
Michael is a talented actor, director and tecaher. His passion for the creative arts began at the bright age of 7. In the USA, Michael started his training through various workshops and courses. He also performed in several local musicals as well as professional productions. Michael moved with his family to Australia with his family for 8 years where he continued to develop his craft through workshops hosted by companies institutions like NIDA, Playlab, and LaBoite. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Theatre at Griffith University which provided him with training in various festivals in Brisbane, Australia. Through his degree, Michael developed his dramatic performance abilities and learned different acting techniques. He studied Stanislavski, Brecht, Meyerhold, Meisner, Artaud, Schechner and many others.
Michael moved back to the USA to continue to work in the creative arts and share his passion with students as a Theatre Educator. Together he hopes to create something that changes people for the better and is excited to join The Lopez Creative Team
Christopher Rios- Afterschool Program Director/Transportation
After 4 years of performing and working in and around the DC metro area, Chris is excited to continue his third year journey with Lopez Studios, Inc. Chris has been trained in voice, puppetry and several styles of dance such as hip hop, musical theatre, jazz, and ballet. He as served as assistant and lead choreographer in several local productions. He has also had training in New York in areas such as audition preparartion and etiquette, camera acting, as well as commercial acting. His previous credit in Theatre include Mr. Stephens in Carrie the Musical, featured dancer in LTAs in the Heights, mr. cobbler in the emperors new clothes with Pandemonium theatrical productions (a Children's theatre) , Pepe in West Side Story at Riverside Center Dinner Theater, Matt in Bare: a pop opera, Pooh in Winnie the Pooh with PTP, Benji in love NY at the capital fringe Festival 2013, Gangster #2/Aldolpho US in the drowsy chaperone at Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, Nikki and Avenue Q at Dominion Stage, Ensemble in The Producers at the Zemfira Stage, Carlos in Legally Blonde at The Alliance Theatre, Pirates/Policeman in Pirates of Penzance at LSDT, Jake in Zombie prom at Metropolitan Arts Theatre, and Sketch in Hairspray at LTA. Chris has also worked in and around the NOVA area as a Choreographer/assistant choreographer with Lopez Studios, The Alliance Theatre, Rooftop Theatre, Metropolitan Arts Theatre, and Front & Center Stage. Chris has also done some film work including commercials, tv, and industrial films.
Traci Brooks - Graphic Designer / Photographer
As an alum of Lopez Studios, Inc., Traci is excited to return to the studio as their graphic designer and studio photographer! Traci studied piano and voice with Victor Lopez through high school, and performed in the inaugural Lopez Studios, Inc., theater productions of The Wizard of Wonderland and The Truth About Cinderella. Her claim to fame at Lopez Studios, Inc. is being one of the few students to win the Clef Award three times!
While pursuing a degree in journalism and theater at American University in Washington, D.C., Traci continued expanding her knowledge of photography through working at the photo lab at school, photographing regional theater for community newspapers and nationally acclaimed music acts while working as the photography intern at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. After graduating summa cum laude, she opened her own studio for piano instruction, graphic design and photography.