MEET THE TEAM
Vocal Technique /Board Member
Danny Vasquez is a published BMI singer and songwriter. He has had the honor of teaching with the Network for Young Artists since 2003. Danny teaches that the concept of performance is not just about having a pleasant-sounding voice, but how you project your sound. Teaching the performance arts combines vocal technique, vocal anatomy awareness, and how to execute these techniques. It is also in the leadership and artistry of speaking and engaging with an audience. When Danny is not teaching, he works with artists in the recording studio and for Microsoft in cloud computing technology during the evening. Danny has completed a Business BA in Leadership at Ashford University, and a Master's degree in Business Organizational Management from Arizona Global.
Armando Martinez has been a music teacher for 35 years who has experience instructing all levels of musical experience. After graduating from UTB with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, he proceeded to prepare over 300 students for university-level music studies while teaching at SAISD and NEISD, helping them cultivate their talents and become advocates for themselves. Armando has taught guitar and piano at NYA for the past ten years and is currently pursuing a second Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy at the University of Incarnate Word.
Joshua Deraeger Gonzalez has been drumming for twelve years and is a recent graduate from San Antonio College as a Classical Music major. Josh finds drumming to be an expressive and therapeutic form of art. He specializes in classic rock and plays within diverse cultural acts throughout Texas. Joshua also has experience playing guitar, bass, and saxophone which helps to texturize his palate of sound. Joshua is new to teaching at NYA and finds the experience to be enriching and beneficial to not only his style of drumming but to the student’s musical growth and personal development.
From her very first dance class at the age of three years old, Rosa Acevedo fell was absolutely in love with the art of dance. Throughout her life, Rosa has had the opportunity to explore a multitude of styles, including ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, tap, Bollywood, Folklorico, and flamenco. Up until the pandemic hit, for several years Rosa was a senior member of Alamotion Dance Troupe, where she got to perform all around San Antonio, experience many workshops, masterclasses, and conventions and even got to explore developing choreography of her own for the troupe to perform. Musical theatre was also a big passion of Rosa’s growing up, and not only has she participated in a long list of musicals over the years but she’s also had the privilege of being able to help choreograph for certain shows she’s been involved in. Rosa is so excited to bring her passion for dance to the NYA dance studio, and can’t wait to share her love for dance with everyone who joins her classes!
Anthony Salazar is an award-winning international professional dancer that specializes in traditional Folklorico dance for over 30 years. He is the Founder and Director of Grupo Folklórico de Bendiciones in San Antonio, TX, and has been awarded the best male dancer for the Viva Aztlan Festival in Lubbock, TX. He has appeared on various local morning television shows with interviews and performances in our San Antonio community like KSAT-TV SA Live, FOX29 Daytime at Nine, KENS5-TV Great Day SA, WOAI-TV SA Living, Univisión-TV Primera Hora, and Despierta San Antonio including Domingo Live! TV program in Corpus Christi, TX. He has shared the stage as a Folklorico dancer with many recording artists/groups like Grammy award-winning Lila Downs, mariachi Cantante Sébastien de La Cruz, and the world-renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. He has traveled throughout Mexico to learn authentic traditional Huasteca dances and had the opportunity to perform at the monumental casa de Emilio El "Indio" Fernández, marched for Mexico City's largest Dia de Los Muertos parade, and visited Veracruz to perform at Xico's Fiesta de La Magdalena. He had the great honor to perform and participate at events in Tokyo, Japan invited by Sophia University. His mission is to share his knowledge and teachings through the culture, art, and traditions of Folklorico dance to the community.
Gabriella Flores was born and raised here in San Antonio Texas and has been dancing since the age of four. She is well-versed in many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop, and has had opportunities to perform in many shows and dance concerts throughout her years in dance. She attends the North East School of the arts as a dance and musical theatre major and hopes to continue pursuing performance after graduation. In addition to being an assistant dance teacher at her studio for years, much of her volunteer work includes the arts and expanding access to dance; she works with a non-profit that collects dance costumes for underprivileged dance studios. Gaby is thrilled to have this opportunity to share her passion and love for dance with other young performers!
Board of Directors
Lionel's first exposure to NYA was when his son Jay attended guitar school approximately 7 years ago, and performed at events for the organization. The family atmosphere and engagement of the instructors with their students was what initially influenced Lionel to become a bigger part of NYA. Meeting its founder, Coach Terry Lowary and understanding his vision for NYA was another reason for becoming an active participant in the organization. Lionel is currently a Senior Manager at a major insurance company in San Antonio. He graduated from the School of Business at St Mary's University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is an active member of Adelante, an organization that provides its members with a range of professional development opportunities including access to senior leadership, interactive workshops and coaching sessions, and opportunities to give back to the local community. "Talent is universal but opportunity is not"
Robert L. Treviño, the Executive Director of the Network for Young Artists, brings over forty years of experience in the music industry to the program. Serving as the Global Latin Entertainment Relations Director at Gibson Guitars for over twenty years, Robert has worked with superstars like Luis Fonzi, Juanez, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Marc Anthony. At the brink of his career, he met a young girl named Selena Quintanilla who changed his direction in life. Through the years, Robert had the opportunity to work on the Selena movie and the Selena musical that toured the U.S. Working in the industry, Robert developed a fond love of all art forms and discovered that music and performance is the perfect medium to instill confidence, passion, and determination into young minds. Robert has been a part of NYA for twenty years and has seen countless children blossom into young artists with his own eyes, and is proud to be a part of the organization.
Nancy De Los Santos was born and raised in Chicago. Her parents were born and raised in the Texas Panhandle and moved to Chicago after WW II. Nancy returned to Texas to attend UT Austin and graduated with a degree in Radio, TV, and Film. She then attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, receiving her Masters in Communications. Nancy began her career in Chicago working on Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel’s film review program At The Movies. Having learned from these two renowned film critics that ‘it all begins on the page,’ Nancy returned to her first passion, writing. In Los Angeles, she joined with other like-minded Latino creatives committed to creating realistic Latino/a images for television and the screen. She’s the associate producer on the iconic Latino features “My Family, Mi Familia” and “Selena,” and has written for television shows “Resurrection Blvd., American Family, and East Los High.
The Board Of Directors, as the governing body of NYA, focuses on the organization’s mission, strategy, and goals.
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Tony Rivera, Owner of Tony Rivera Event, Entertainment & Marketing consultants is a 27 year veteran of the Music, Entertainment, and Special Events industry. A San Antonio native, he began his career as a Nightclub Promoter while he was working his way through College at St. Mary’s University. As a Promotions & Marketing Manager, he was able to work with Zomba Music the world’s largest music publishing company and parent company to Mercury, Variety, BMG, Sony, and Sound Mex record labels. Tony took a group called Masizzo and developed a plan that would garner them (8) #1 hits, (5) top five hits, and (3) Gold records. Tony’s success and work ethic were noticed by Zomba executives and he was granted the opportunity to promote the Backstreet Boys Spanish language releases that helped further their worldwide takeover of the pop music scene in the late ’90s. Tony utilized his entertainment network to begin producing concerts and became one of the first true Latin Music Promoters in San Antonio working with artists such as Julieta Venegas, Paulina Rubio, Alejandra Guzman, La Ley, Carlos Vives, and Bobby Pulido to name a few. He was also able to attract the likes of Top Rank Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions to begin a long history of professional fights in the Alamo City. His experience extends much further than Music Publishing, Radio promotion, branding, and advertising but to concert promotions, major event coordination, and business development. In 2001 Tony became an event coordinator for the city of San Antonio Convention Facilities, he later held the position of Manager of Historic Market Square where he coordinated over 180 events days annually. Most recently, Tony has turned his lifelong hobby of painting into a thriving business all along with helping musical artist expand their careers with endorsements, bookings, and promotions. The arts are a way for every individual to express their feelings, use their imagination, tell stories and relax. NYA is providing an economical way for people to fine-tune their talents and for many to explore their hidden talents.
Lionel Estrada, Board President
Ronald B. Prince, Vice President
Robert Treviño, Executive Director
Nancy De Los Santos