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Alana Folen

A Mentor For Performing Artists

William Daquioag, owner and director of The Performing Artist Academy in Ewa Beach | Photo courtesy William Daquioag

William Daquioag, owner and director of The Performing Artist Academy in Ewa Beach, fuels a passion for his craft and has been making stars of his students, young and old, for the past 22 years. Daquioag says his philosophy is to give each student the experience to enjoy, understand and perform through empowering and challenging them.

“Years ago when I started my business, there was a lack of music programs in the public schools, and this academy was a need that people were searching for,” he recalls. “I hope to enhance the natural talent of each individual while also building up their self-esteem, self-confidence, self-expression and artistic musicality.”

By sharing and touching the hearts of everyone through the gift of the performing arts, Daquioag, along with the rest of his experienced staff, instructs his students in all areas, including voice, piano, guitar, drums, bass ukulele and saxophone, as well as musical theatre and dance. A rock band program and show choir also are available.

As a former entertainer with The Society of Seven Las Vegas and The Krush, Daquioag is a great mentor to all of his students and teaches from experience, showing them the tricks of the trade. Daquioag earned his bachelor’s in music education in voice, piano and general music with an emphasis on show choir from University of Northern Colorado.

“Here at The Performing Artist Academy, we create a caring and respectful environment, and provide each student with the proper skills and with unique opportunities to experience various disciplines of music,” he says.

“We have students who come from all over the island. It’s so wonderful to see my students reach their goals and accomplish so much. American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias and The Voice finalist Cheesa Laureta are former students of mine,” adds Daquioag, who also is a former state Department of Education music teacher and choir director working at various public and private schools across the state.

Daquioag sees a bright future ahead for The Performing Artist Academy and hopes to someday have a larger facility and a mini performing arts theatre. In the meantime, he is working to build student enrollment, hiring more teachers and providing a wider variety of performing arts programs.

For more information on The Performing Artist Academy, call 255-9081, visit tpaacademy.com or email info@tpaacademy.com.

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