Dr. Felicia Rojas is a professional violinist and vocalist living in Long Beach, California. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she has been playing violin for 20 years. She completed her Bachelor's degree in violin performance at Baldwin-Wallace University in 2010 and went on to complete a Masters degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts in violin performance at Texas Tech University.
Felicia has always had an interest in many instruments as well as many genres. As a child, she studied piano for 10 years, classical dance for 9 years, voice for 5 years, and classical harp for 6 years. Felicia grew up singing Musica Criolla, a traditional Peruvian music genre, with her family, Los Rojas, in addition to her interest in classical and popular musics.
While in junior high and high school, as her interest in anime and Japanese culture grew, Felicia began to research Japanese grammar, vocabulary, and hiragana (basic Japanese characters) in addition to learning to sing her favorite anime tunes. In addition to the rigorous violin training she received from Dr. John Gilbert during her graduate studies at TTU, Felicia also studied singers' diction (English, Italian, German, and French) and took private voice lessons with Dr. Quinn Patrick Ankrum.
She participated in the Celtic Ensemble, where she played fiddle, danced as a member of the Eagle's Heart Sisters dance troup, and sang in Gaelic as well as a Musica Criolla song in Spanish. Felicia also sang (in languages such as Yiddish) and played with the Balkan Ensemble and played and sang as a member of a local mariachi group in addition to the Texas Tech Mariachi Los Matadores. Felicia has participated in numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles and has played and sung for numerous churches.
Since the completion of her doctorate in May of 2015, Felicia has been playing as a member of the Two-Time Grammy Award-Winning Mariachi Divas, and has recorded on their most recent album entitled "Tributo a Joan Sebastian y Rigoberto Alfaro". The album was just nominated for a Grammy Award for best regional Mexican album (including Tejano). Felicia is a member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 47, a Grammy voting member, and is a Wood Violins artist.
A NOTE FROM FELICIA
A project like this has been swirling around in the back of my mind since I was in high school. It is one of my many dreams, and it's so close I can almost taste it. I love violin, I love J-Pop and J-rock, I love to sing, I love anime and Asian dramas, I love video games... This, for me, is a way that I can combine everything that is most important to me - my two biggest personal interests crossed with the musical expertise I've attained throughout the years. I can't think of anything more fulfilling that I could make into a career. But I can't do it alone - I need your help!
Okay here's the deal... Our aim is to perform at anime conventions all across the United States. Right now AoE has three members. Yes, that's it - three... Felicia Rojas on electric violin and lead vocals, Corey Dolter on drums, and Mike Boateng on bass. We've had a lot of trouble finding members who will agree to rehearse with us and learn the material without us already having paying gigs lined up. The problem is that we can't get gigs if we don't have a full group to audition or have recording samples to show what we can do. Nobody knows who we are, so we're in a bit of a pickle!
Here's what this project is about: if we can raise money to put together an EP and some videos which we can use for promo with anime conventions, online streams, etc., we'll be able to get gigs, which means we can get permanent members.
So here's the plan... We are planning to record said EP in January/February and release it in April. Our fundraising goal will be used to pay the recording engineer/videographer, the studio musicians, the photographer, the logo/CD art person, the physical CD's, a band website, licensing, backer rewards, and other startup costs such as some of the gear that we need in order to play certain songs.
You may be thinking that our goal of $10,000 might seem a little low. That's because we happen to have a lot of generous people on our team who are willing to help us out either for free or at a discounted rate (and we'd really prefer to at least pay everybody something). We could actually go higher, which would allow us to pay everyone a little more, but that depends on the generosity of people like you.
That said, we know how important it is to thank our backers, so we've put together a list of rewards we think you'll love. Check them out!