Volunteer Profiles

Effie Ralli

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Effie first came to RCGLA in the summer of 2012, after having volunteered for 3 years at the fab Bay Area Girls Rock Camp while she was at university. She moved to L.A. shortly after, where she is lucky enough to be a professional instructor for three of her favourite hobbies: guitar, swing dancing, and fitness.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by people with passions, who take chances and make changes because they believed they can. Rock camp is the perfect environment to be around others who are challenging themselves to do things they never thought that they could!

Why do you volunteer for Rock Camp?

I volunteer at Rock Camp because I love to share what I am am excited about with others- and learning from them, as well. The enthusiastic energy of all the campers and volunteers makes camp the best week of any summer- and the camp theme song is perhaps my favourite song ever!

What are you currently working on?

Along with putting on gender-free swing dance sock hops every now and then, my favourite project is my band, Tonopah. I write oldies inspired rockin’ twee songs and have formed a band with three other rad women- having friends to play music with and getting to perform around L.A. and beyond is an extraordinarily fun dream-come-true.

To apply to be a volunteer with us this summer, visit our Volunteers page.

Jeff Fedak

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Jeff first joined our team of volunteers in the summer of 2013 as a roadie and support staffer. He helps set up our stages, move gear, and generally makes sure all the “behind the scenes” stuff runs smoothly. He aspires “to be a good friend,  Song Collaborator / Composer, it’s all a work in progress.”

What inspires you?

Broad answer – genuinely positive people that see the possibilities, solutions. Music answer – without a doubt, other artists. They are why I got into doing it in the first place. Experiencing and relating to someone’s music live or on recording and hearing through the work how their entire life’s events shaped them and how they express that point of view, is always inspiring .

Why do you volunteer for Rock Camp?

I like what is being taught and learned in camp: Creativity, Collaboration, Teamwork, Empowerment. Those tools can be used for anything in the future, not just music. You can see the growth in 1 week in everybody – amazing what the kids accomplish in such a short time under the right conditions. It’s a lot of work and a lot of fun.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently co-writing and co-producing with Debby Holiday [ also a Girl That Rocks ] on a double album – one side Rock, one side Dance called “Free 2B”. I’m also finishing an instrumental album of Middle Eastern flavored jams. You can hear some of my work on Soundcloud.

To apply to be a volunteer with us this summer, visit our Volunteers page.

Lauren Nicolas

 

Lauren first joined our team of volunteers in the summer of 2011, and has been a counselor ever since, as well as a member of our Volunteer Winter Formal Planning Committee. “I’ve been in love with music my whole life! I’ve been super fortunate to be able to follow my passion all across the country for work and play.”

What inspires you?

I’m continually inspired by my fellow volunteers and the Executive Team. Before camp, I had never experienced this kind of teamwork and encouragement among so many other ridiculously talented women, and it’s a wonderful group to be a part of. It makes me hopeful that our girls will learn by our example and want to be the type of person that lifts other people up, trusting that their own awesomeness is not threatened by anyone else’s success.

Why do you volunteer for Rock Camp?

Volunteering for Rock Camp is important to me because when I was younger, I didn’t have access to a program like this, and when I see the growth our campers display over the course of just one week, it makes me wonder how much more I might have accomplished had I had an outlet and a guide to encourage me to pursue my creative desires as a kid. Despite what many people think upon seeing the name, Rock Camp is about so much more than music. That’s the vehicle, that’s the canvas that we project ideas on to, but it’s more about developing a strong sense of self and being courageous in approaching the things you want to do, whether that’s playing music or writing or painting or teaching. To do anything you dream of, you have to believe in yourself and work hard.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently focused on adding more content to my new music blog laurenleialoha.com — I run my own YouTube Channel where I share videos I shoot at the concerts I attend, and this blog acts as a companion to that. I love to write, so this is a way for me to combine the things I love to do. Before I was preparing to launch it, I had the ultimate opportunity to work with one of my favorite new writers, Hannah Brencher (she is the brilliant heart behind More Love Letters), who has helped me brainstorm the ways to get the project off the ground and imagine how it can grow going forward. It will be fun to go through the posts at the end of each year and see just how many concerts I made it to!

To apply to be a volunteer with us this summer, visit our Volunteers page.

Aniela Perry

 

Aniela  first volunteered in 2002 at the original Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon “after hearing about it on KCRW while driving up the 101! There I met Mona and Becky and was thrilled when they started the camp here in Los Angeles, where I have volunteered every year since the start.”

Aniela, who teaches bass at summer camp and Ladies Rock Camp, is a Los Angeles based ‘cellist, bassist and composer. “I love to compose and perform spooky experimental music with my friends and have performed in almost every state in the U.S. (except Alaska. One day!). I have written for stage and screen have performed just about everywhere from Lollapalooza to the Minimalist Jukebox at Disney Hall.”

What inspires you?

Music lovers inspire me. Anyone who is curious inspires me. These things are in abundance at Rock Camp.

Why do you volunteer for Rock Camp?

I look forward to camp every year because just being around the kind of enthusiasm and curiosity that the campers bring, fully recharges my creative battery. No matter how hard life as a musician can get, every year I am reminded why I do it, without fail, after 12 years.

What are you currently working on?

What am I NOT currently working on? I am playing on all kinds of albums, jazz, classical, singer-songwriters, sound tracks, you name it. In addition to studio work, I am currently producing and will be performing in a recital of chamber music by women composers. On July 8th at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, my collaborators and I will be presenting pieces by famous composers throughout history, such as Clara Schumann, Kaija Saariaho, Joan Tower and Hildegard von Bingen. Proceeds from this concert will be donated to the Rock n’ Roll Camp For Girls Los Angeles. Tickets and info are available here. Additionally, I will be presenting a recital of the sonatas of Carter, Prokofiev and Poulenc, with my dear friend and long time collaborator Traci Esslinger. For news and updates, go to www.anielaperry.com, or follow me on Soundcloud and Facebook.

To apply to be a volunteer with us this summer, visit our Volunteers page.

Jenifer Roosevelt

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Jenifer first joined our team of volunteers in the summer of 2011, and is one of the friendly faces you encounter at our front desk. As a support staffer, she helps keep rock camp organized and moving forward. “Depending on who you ask,” she says, “I am an elementary teacher, a mom, a wife, and a good friend to all who’ll have me. I am a great appreciator of all the arts (especially music!) and a crafty-type who dabbles in 3D art and poetry.”

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by risk taking, truth seeking, and knowledge creating. I’ve always been drawn to true-to-self individuals who make their dreamy, quirky, and vulnerable sides visible to the rest of us. I love watching the creative process unfold, flow, and beguile it’s maker. But, most of all, I’m inspired by the growth I see and feel in the mini-Utopia which is Rock Camp.

Why do you volunteer for Rock Camp?

I have to admit, I was kinda terrified as I filled out my volunteer application the first year. But I was driven to do so. A fire was set under me after hearing a radio interview with the RCGLA founders. I just had to be part of this movement focused on guiding girls towards positivity and empowerment. To my amazement and joy, they welcomed me with open arms…and have continued doing so ever since!

What are you currently working on?

For better or worse, I’m not involved in music other than RCGLA. I am keeping safe my hopes of somehow, someday, making a go of it at Ladies Rock Camp. But, until then, I’m extremely busy as a working parent, homeowner, and rockstar-dreamer.

To apply to be a volunteer with us this summer, visit our Volunteers page.

Danita Clark

 

Danita first joined our team of volunteers in the summer of 2011, and has been a drum instructor and band coach at both summer camp and Ladies Rock Camp. “I’m just a forty-something woman who loves banging her drums. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and playing with numerous musicians throughout the past 20 something years. It’s not my profession, but it certainly is my passion.”

What inspires you?

I’m inspired to play because when I play I love that way it makes me feel and I love to see people being moved by the grooves that i’m playing. I try to make it my goal to get people’s booties to shake.

Why do you volunteer for Rock Camp?

I volunteered for rock camp initially because I wanted other little girls and young women to be able to experience that joy brings to me in my life. When I was younger I had very few female role models who actually played instruments that I was aware of. I don’t want these young girls and women to ever feel like that.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently drumming with my band, CHIKWOOD. We’ve been together since 2010. Started as a one off show and evolved into a full blown band. We started off playing covers in order to bond and tighten up as a band but now we have created a safe space for ourselves and recently started writing our own original material. We are all women who just love playing together. 2013 should be a year that we spend playing more out in the clubs then we have in the previous 2 years.

Lynne Earls

Lynne first joined our team of volunteers when she spoke on the Women in Music panel at the 2012 Ladies Rock Camp, sharing her experiences as a sound engineer, mixer, producer, and composer. She has since lead the Recording Workshop at both LRC and summer camp. She owns and runs Earls Music Productions, a full service music production company and recording studio located in Los Angeles.

What inspires you?

Magic moments inspires me… that initial creative spark when you are first excited about an idea and you run with it, that tends to be where the magic lies… the closer you are to your first instinct for something tends to be where the freshest ideas come from.  The results tend to be the most captivating and most magical which is ultimately what draws people in!  Be it music or cooking or photography, whatever the medium!!!!  Anything that feels like it came from that place inspires me!

Why do you volunteer for Rock Camp?

I volunteer because i believe who heartedly that those experiences we have as kids help spark and encourage those who have a passion for music to follow their dreams.  I also feel that when you simplify something and encourage folks to ‘have a go’ they realize that it is not so scary and are more inclined to try ideas and not let insecurity stop them in their tracks.

I admire the work that all the women at rock camp do and feel it is something so important to support.  We have all been lucky enough to make our passion our job and this makes for a happier more peaceful world so the more we can give back the better!!!!!

What are you currently working on?

I am currently producing and engineering for a few independent solo artists who are making their first EPs, had the fortune to work in Capitol Studios recently and will be returning there for some further work and development, also writing a lot for television, film and advertising.  Continuing to grow and cultivate projects that allow me to work within the beautiful community of musicians I have been fortunate to connect with over the years of living in LA, keeping it local and home grown as much as possible!!!