Biography

 

Mrs. Sunny RaMrs. Sunny Ra is the Orchestra Director at Hermosa Vista Elementary School and Hawthorne Elementary School. She teaches elementary string orchestra.

 

Mrs. Ra has taught in the Mesa Public Schools District for 18 years. Besides teaching at Hermosa Vista and Hawthorne, she has taught at Redbird Elementary School, Summit Academy, O’Connor Elementary School, Salk Elementary School, Sirrine Elementary School, Pomeroy Elementary School, and Longfellow Elementary School.

 

In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Ra directed the Mesa Young People’s Orchestra (MYPO) during the 2005-2006 school year.

 

An active performer and freelance musician, Mrs. Ra has performed with the Phoenix Opera and with numerous Valley orchestras, including: Musica Nova, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, the Mesa Symphony Orchestra, the San Marcos Symphony (now known as the Chandler Symphony), the Scottsdale Symphony, and the Symphony of the West Valley. As a freelance musician, she has performed with some of the greatest artists of our time, including the late Steve Allen, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vinton, Anne Murray, and Rod Stewart. She has also played for such diverse artists as Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Marvin Hamlisch, Sheena Easton and Irene Cara, Clay Aiken, and Josh Groban.

 

Mrs. Ra is an active member of the Arizona Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and is a member of the National Association of Music Education (MENC).

 

Mrs. Ra is a graduate of Arizona State University (B.M.E.) and of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.M.E.).

 

 

Education:

 

Master of Science in General Music Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education at Arizona State University, Tempe

 

Teaching Assignments:

 

Hawthorne, 2016-present

 

Hermosa Vista, 2015-present

 

Redbird, 2015-2016

 

Summit Academy, 2010-2015

 

O'Connor, 1998-2010

 

Salk, 2009-2010

 

Sirrine, 2005-2009

 

Pomeroy, 1998-2005

 

Longfellow, 1998-1999