TEACHER OF THE WEEK - CONNOR SOEJOTO!!!
RiverCity Rock Star Academy Teacher
Vocals, Keys/Piano and Ukulele
When did you start playing music and what was/is your influence for playing music?
I started playing violin when I was four and began piano around the same time. I didn’t start singing until I hit high school, when I found out I had a natural inclination for opera and classical voice. Music is the only thing that has ever really made sense to me. It feels natural to make music, like it’s what my whole life was supposed to be about.
I’m fortunate enough to have a plethora of students both in my private studio and at RiverCity where I get to interact with a variety of different backgrounds. I feel like I get to be an influential figure in my students’ lives and help propel them and empower them to being the best human they can be.
What is/are your favorite song(s) you've help direct at RiverCity?
“Proud Mary” by Tina Turner, “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse, and “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John.
What do you like about RiverCity?
I like that we aren’t afraid to challenge the students and help them to realize their fullest potential. All of the teachers are amazing and supportive of each other and the students. We know how to work together to draw out each of the students’ strengths and show them how amazing they can be.
What are your favorite bands/artists right now?
Explosions in the Sky, Typhoon, Robert Glasper, Kishi Bashi, Beirut.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Always make music. Don’t worry about how “good” it sounds or what anyone says about it - just make music. The only way to get better is to try, make mistakes, learn, and then grow. Listen to everything, including yourself.
What’s something unique or funny about you?
I drink waaaaaaay too much coffee.
What things do you do when you’re not at RiverCity?
I’m a Voice Teacher at South Salem High School; Music Director at various theaters in the area; Director of Worship Arts at Salem First Presbyterian Church (Chancel Choir Director, Winter Street Worship Band Vocalist/Pianist/Rhythm Ukulele); and I like to build computers.
Connor is available for voice, keys/piano or ukulele lessons. Contact RiverCity to schedule your free trial lesson and tour.