Academy of Visual and Performing Arts



Jason has a passion for teaching and has been giving private and group lessons for classical guitar, flute, and music theory since 2008. During his time at La Sierra University, Jason as grown tremendously as a flutist under the fine tutelage of Dr. Martin Glicklich. He has performed in a master class led by a world renowned flutist, Jim Walker. In 2014, Jason won the second place in the Concerto Competition hosted by La Sierra University. Today, he is performing with the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra as principal flutist as well as teaching both guitar and flute as faculty of the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts.

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Violinist Victoria Nicole Belliard is earning her Bachelor's degree in violin performance at La Sierra University, where she studies with Jason Uyeyama. Ms. Belliard has served as concertmaster for several orchestras including the La Sierra University Symphony, University of Redlands Youth Symphony, and the Credo Summer Music Festival Orchestra at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. In 2008, Ms. Belliard opened a private studio of violin students and discovered her love of teaching and the power of music. Since then she has become an assistant teacher for the Orange County String Studio. Ms. Belliard has volunteered as a violin teacher for underserved children in San Bernardino, through Community Kids Connection and as a volunteer at Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) at HOLA in Los Angeles.


Zoë Godfrey began her music experience with violin lessons in kindergarten and then piano lessons in the second grade. After some encouragement from her piano teacher, she began taking harp lessons in 2005. She has focused her efforts on harp since then. Some of the highlights of her experience have included performances as the principal harpist with the Celestia Harp Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Beverly Wesner-Hoehn, performing in her orchestral debut as principal harpist with the Auburn Symphony in 2011, and performing as principal harpist with the La Sierra University Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2012. She is a sophomore Marketing major pursuing a minor in Harp Performance. Zoë feels privileged to have worked with excellent harp teachers in the past, and is now studying with Jacqueline Marshall.



Pianist and violinist Trace Huang has been taking lessons for both instruments since age six. He has competed in various competitions and is familiar with improvisation and jazz piano. He has been privileged to perform violin in Carnegie Wiell Hall in New York and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In 2012, Trace was accepted to La Sierra University and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts. Since freshman year, he has earned the position of concertmaster in the LSU Orchestra.

Former piano teachers include Irmgard Bittar and Ethan Dong. Violin teachers include Cynthia Bittar, Nobu Lu, and currently, Jason Uyeyama.


Kevin Jimenez is a skillful and adaptable drummer/percussionist in Southern California. Several years ago, his first lesson with David Gould inspired him to pursue a career in music. Since then, he has studied with Jamie Douglass and currently takes lessons from Mike Johnston.

He is completing a degree in Music Technology at La Sierra University. As an active performer, Kevin is a member of a Jazz Fusion Band, "HTG", as well as La Sierra University's Wind Ensemble and Big Band and has performed with the Orchestra & Jazz Combo.

Kevin has had the privilege of performing with artists such as Melissa Polinar, US, Nessa Rica, Richard Tranley, and Daniel Rosa from the Voice.


Paulette is a Vocal Performance major at La Sierra University under the guidance of Dr. Raejin Lee. Her first career choice was nursing, but eventually she succumbed to her first love, music. She loves it so much that she teaches private voice lessons.

Her latest roles were Maria in the La Sierra productions of The Sound of Music, Golde from The Fiddler on the Roof, and Rosalinda from Strauss' opera, Die Fledermaus. For the past two years, she has won 1st and 2nd in the Marguerite Marsh Vocal Scholarship Competition and 1st place in the Riverside Opera Guild Vocal Competition. This past summer, she has been the evangelistic singer on a mission trip to General Santos, Philippines.

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Royce Olarte is currently a sophomore here at La Sierra University as a Biomathematics major, music minor, and is pursuing the Secondary Teaching Credentials for Mathematics. Prior to attending La Sierra University, he studied piano under the direction of Mrs. Hellen Juman and participated in several competitions/evaluations such as the Inland Empire Piano Festival. By his junior year of high school, Royce completed the Advanced Level of the MTAC Certificate of Merit Evaluations for Piano with honors, as well as received top honors in the annual National Guild of Piano Teachers Evaluations. In addition to piano, Royce plays the clarinet, bass clarinet, and ukulele. He has been a member of the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Big Band, and Clarinet Chamber Group.

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