Get to know our awesome teachers !
Victoria Ríos - Artistic Director
Victoria is a performing singer/songwriter, guitarist, music teacher, acting teacher, director, and child advocate. She did her undergraduate work at Berklee College of music with a major in songwriting, has extensive training in all aspects of theatre production,and is currently continuing her studies in pursuit of a license in music therapy. She studied contemporary and classical theatre, musical theatre, playwriting and technical theatre at the Idyllwild school of Music and the Arts, San Francisco School of the Arts, American Conservatory Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, The Marin Theatre Company, and the Marin Shakespeare Company. Some of her favorite theatre teachers through the years include Leslie McCaully, Sharla Cabot, Valerie de Jose, Jeff Raz, Jack Sharrar, and Scott Rubsam. She has studied singing and voice for the stage for over 20 years and is grateful for the opportunity to have studied with Donna McElroy (Berklee), Charlie Sorrento (Berklee) Carol Serbo (Arizona State University) and Sharla Cabot (American Conservatory Theatre). She studied Flamenco guitar with her father Agustín Ríos Amaya, and Guitar Techniques for Songwriter with Mark Simos (Berklee).
Heir apparent to an impressive familial dynasty of Romani flamenco musicians and dancers, born and raised on the left coast of California, and finding her home on the east coast (winters and all!), her life has been a fusion of music, art and culture. She is the daughter of acclaimed flamenco Guitarist Agustin Ríos, the cousin of the grammy nominated and BBC World Music Award winning group Son de la Frontera, the cousin of current leaders in flamenco dance Pepe Torres, Jairo Barrull, and Juana Amaya; and the great-niece of flamenco guitar legend Diego del Gastor. She grew up immersed in San Francisco's legacy of Beat Poetry, coffee house open-mics, spoken word, vibrant murals and public art, independent theatre, and conscious community of artists committed to social justice and community service. In addition she studied painting and drawing with her grandmother Patricia Sabrina Terheun who was the Dean of Women at the San Francisco Art institute and the founder of an interdisciplinary arts program at Galileo High School.
Treading all of these worlds her own approach to teaching and creating art emerged. She believes that everyone has beautiful music inside of them and has yet to encounter a student who can prove this theory wrong. She has been know to coax even the shyest of children into developing a love for acting, improvising and performing. She absolutely loves to teach. It is her very favorite thing to do ever! Helping students discover and hone their unique gifts and talents is her passion, honor and joyful privilege. She aims to empower every single student at Community Creations by helping them find and use their powerful creative voice within. She named her business Community Creations because she dreamed of a place where all members of our community felt welcomed to create art and music, and where the business of doing this joyfully Creates Community. The door is always open - come on in and say hello!
Katelyn is a trained vocalist and actress with a passion for enriching the lives of others through art. Katelyn received her Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Education from Salem State University in 2015. As an instructor she has directed, stage managed, and costumed dozens of children's theatre productions. She has also organized a number of after school outreach programs in the arts. She has instructed for various companies in the Boston area including; Applause Academy (Taunton, MA), Arts for Youth (Bridgewater, MA), InSync Center for the Arts (Quincy, MA) and of course, Community Creations! Katelyn looks forward to seeing what possibilities will come from the community of Milton, let's be creative!
Galen Willett - Bass, Guitar, Ukulele, Music Theory
Galen is a versatile electric bass player and composer living in Boston, MA. He attended Berklee College of Music and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Composition and Electric Bass Performance in 2011. He is a member of several popular local bands and regularly gigs and tours throughout the New England Area. He is at home in a range of styles, including folk, rock, blues, jazz, funk, fusion, several Latin styles, and Afro-pop. He has performed at the Outside the Box Festival in Boston, the ArtBeat Festival in Somerville, the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and more.
In 2012, Galen released “Forces of Nature,” a 7-song album of colorful horn-driven music, available for free/pay-what-you-want at https://galenwillett.bandcamp.com/. At Community Creations Galen will be teaching advanced guitar, bass, and ukulele for kids and adults, and is our resident music theory guru . He is an excellent tutor for anyone enrolled in a high-level high school or college music program who needs help with intensive , core music classes. He's been working with Victoria on a variety of project for over a year and is super excited to officially join Community Creations and help you reach your musical goals!
Orion Morales Gonzalez - Artist in Residence: Advanced Piano, Composition, Music Theory
Orion was born on August 27, 1982, in Chile - where he is affectionately known as: Orion Lion.
In 2017 he earned a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Performance at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where he toured and performed throughout the United States, made several recordings, and pursued advanced studies with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Jack Dejohnette, Terr lyne Carrington, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Adam Cruz, David Sanchez, Alan Pasqua, Marco Pignataro, and Patricia Zarate, among others.
From 2001 to 2006 he attended the Instituto Escuela Moderna de Música de Chile and he completed a Bachelors degree in Composition and Arranging. In addition he holds a degree in Political and Public Science from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado (2013).
As a pianist, he has shared the stage with artists like: Danilo Perez & the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Patricia Zarate, Lihi Haruvi, Jean Luc Ponty, Alain Perez, and Horacio "Negro" Hernández, among others. He has performed in several international Jazz festivals, and given concerts in the US, France, Germany, Holland and Spain.
From 2012 to the present, he has held the position of Artist and Coordinador of the Panama Jazz Festival, and he directs the festival’s annual closing concert for an audience of 25,000 people.
He is artistic director of the Chilean music festival ChilEUropa Jazz Fest which is a production of the European Union in South America, and of Chile Jazz por la Paz, which is sponsored by UNESCO.
He published a book of 70 compositions and has released nine albums that merge jazz, Latin American folk music, and classical music. His latest work, LAUTARINOS, won the Chilean Culture Department’s Luis Advis Award for best composition in 2012.
From 2014 to 2016 he was the Conductor of the Moderna Orquesta de Jazz at the Escuela Moderna de Musica y Danza in Santiago-Chile. From 2005 to 2011 He was the director ( as well as the founder) of the Big Band of the Universidad de Chile. He has taught composition classes at several prestigious Latin American Universities, the Universidad de Chile, Pittsburgh University and Berklee College of Music.
He founded the Asociación Amigos de Orion Lion Foundation whose mission is to generate social mobility and cultural change through music.
The major Chilean newspaper El Mercurio recognized his contribution to social labor and his culture, naming him on it’s 2007 list of 100 Young Leaders.