Sonny Ríos's students compose a wide variety of musical tastes and styles: Contemporary popular
music, Country & Western, rock-n-roll, hip-hop, Tejano, musical theatre, sacred, gospel, contemporary Christian, jazz,
soul, rhythm-n-blues, classical recital, oratorio, and opera.
Some of these students
have gone on to sing across the USA and abroad. Some are singing or have sung in Las Vegas, Branson, Nashville, Dallas Summer
Musicals, Broadway, Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Houston Opera, Irving Symphony, Six Flags Over Texas, Casa Mañana
of Fort Worth, Garland Musicals, American Entertainment Productions, Grapevine Opry, Garland Opry, Mesquite Opry, Wiley Opry,
The Johnny Highs Show, The Jimmy Jones Family Show, Antone's in Austin, TX, on cruise ships, and etc.
Others are amateur singers such as secretaries, school teachers, church choir members, students of all ages, housewives, and
the likes who are in demand in churches, civic clubs and other organizations.
Others have won
talent competitions at the state and national levels. Sonny's students have won the "Best Voice" award in the
state of Texas music camps, both University Interscholastic League (UIL) and Texas Association of Private Schools (TAPS).
Singers with an intense desire of becoming successful performers continue to come from all
over the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, the state of Texas, surrounding states, and as far away as New York, Los Angeles, Colorado
Springs, Phoenix, and etc. to study with Sonny Ríos.
MARY RIDENOUR STARS AS ANNIE: Fort Worth's Casa
Mañana mounted its Spring production of AnnieJr on the dates of April 27 through May 20,
2012, in which Mary Ridenour (see photo below), student of Sonny Rios and resident of Duncanville, TX, appeared in the lead role
|Mary Ridenour, stars as Annie at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth (click to enlarge)
SRVS Students Appear on TV, Broadway shows, and Special
Concert: Candice McEnturff sang Cossette
in Les Miserables and a lead role in Godspell. She also sang Alice in Lucia di Lammermoor sextet
(see photos below). Gloria Dorsey and Byron Miño appeared
on the Comcast Cable Network. And LaShondra Peck opens program for
Met opera star. And, finally, Keith Bailey, Candice McEnturff, Byron Miño, and Sonny Ríos sing for the Metroplex Chinese
Metroplex Chinese Musical Celebration: The Sonny Rios Voice Studios were asked to participate in the Metroplex Chinese Musical Celebration
held Saturday 17, 2005, in Plano, TX. (See photos below.) Those performing from the studios were Candice
McEnturff (far right) from Midlothian, TX., Kieth Bailey (second from left) from DeSoto,
TX., Sonny Ríos (third from left), from Cedar Hill, TX., and Byron Miño (fourth
from left) from Coppell, TX. Joining these, as they sang Psalm 103 set to the music of the famous sextet from the opera Lucia
di Lammermoor, were Brenda Yu (second from right) from Dallas, Tx., and Edward Flaspoehler (far left) also from
Dallas, TX. A standing ovation was given at songs's end by the close to four thousand in attendance. (Please click on the
photos to enlarge.)
|The Sextet from "Lucia"
|Byron Miño and Brenda Yu
|Brenda Yu and Candice McEnturff
THE SONNY RIOS VOICE STUDIO REPRESENTED WELL!
the twenty-two people that were selected from hundreds that auditioned for the DeSoto, Texas, Star Search, eleven students
were from The SRVS (Eight present and three former). These represented the Studios extremely well as Brookell
Barber-Dyer (now with Disney) won first place in the children's division (7-12yo), Britney Johnson
won first place in the teens division (13-18yo), Juliann Marquez won first place in the
adult division (19-55yo), and Lilly Madison and Jan Rouse who won
first and second place, respectively, in the Seniors division (55+yo). So, we say "Congratulations!" to all five
for a job well done!!! Keep the great work up and Break a Leg!
Also, presently, LaShondra
Peck, Britney Johnson and Lilly Madison have been selected
to compete in the final competition for "Night at The Apollo" in New York City. The winner will travel to The Big
Apple to appear at the Apollo. So, we say to each, "Break a leg!" Win or lose, all of you are superb!!!
And, finally, Byron Miño, superb tenor from Ecuador, has just completed a second successful
concert tour in South America to high reviews. (Please see the article on Byron as "Student of The Year"
SRVS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH:
This month we feature four
SRVS students: Candice McEnturff and LaShondra Peck, both from the
South Metroplex studio in Duncanville, TX., and Gloria Dorsey and Byron
Miño from the North Metroplex studio in Addison, TX.
|Gloria Dorsey and Byron Miño
In the photo at left you see
Gloria Dorsey and Byron Miño who performed the famous
duet from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of The Opera "All I ask of You" for Dee Taylor's television
program which aired on Tuesday, November 15, 2005, on the Comcast cable network. They did a magnificent job!
|Candice McEnturff (on right)
In September 2005 Candice
McEnturff (on right in photo at left) performed the role of Cossette in Les Miserable and then sang Alice
in the sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor for the Metroplex Chinese Musical Celebration. And in November 2005 she sang
one of the female lead-roles in Godspell.
Peck (photo at left), as part of her busy performing schedule, opened for Metropolitan Opera soprano, Jammieca
D. Mott, in The Black Academy of Arts and Letters presentation of classical art songs, operatic arias, and Negro spirituals
in November 2005.
We wish LaShondra and Candice,
two young rising stars, as well as Gloria and Byron, both established artists, the best of everything! Sonny Ríos
is proud to be your vocal instructor.
Miño Records with Budapest Symphony:
At left you see Byron
Miño, superb tenor, as he sings "Oh, Holy Night" during one of The Sonny Ríos Voice Studios
Christmas concerts. Mr. Miño, who is from Quito, Ecuador, has been studying with Sonny Ríos since 1998. Mr.
Ríos says that "Byron has one of the most beautiful tenor voices I have heard and have had the privilege of working
with." That is a great compliment owing to the fact that Mr. Ríos has worked with several top tenor voices who
have gone on to have an established musical career.