Gracie de Mena is June 2018 Student of the Month

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Congratulations belong to Zagaria Vocal Academy’s June 2018 Student of the Month, Gracie de Mena.

Gracie de Mena has been taking piano lessons with Zagaria Vocal Academy since 2010. Gracie’s piano teacher, Jeffrey Zagaria set new goals in the 2017-2018 school calendar year for Gracie to improve her piano timing, phrasing, and sight reading.  Gracie improved in all of these categories week by week.  At the end of the recent school year she obtained all of the piano goals that were set at the beginning of the school year.

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Zagaria Vocal Academy always encourages it’s students to be well rounded in life.  Gracie de Mena exemplifies a well rounded education with a spirit of excellence.

For example, Gracie made honor roll all year for 5th grade and she scored all 5’s on her FSA Reading, Math and Science exams. She was the only student in her class to score a 5 for Science. She also takes tennis lessons and her hobbies are playing video games, drawing, reading and hanging out with friends. Most importantly, we find Gracie to be very polite, attentive, respectful, and willing to learn every class she takes.  Congratulations to Gracie and may she continue to succeed in all that she does.Photo Jul 18, 3 08 48 PM


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“Praise You Lord” Episode 83 – Ron and Bari’s Loving Testimony


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Episode 83 of “Praise You Lord”, the underground, independent,  Christian radio show features host Jeffrey Zagaria welcoming seasoned Florida music duo, Ron and Bari Litschauer. Ron and Bari are a dedicated Folk and Christian music duo; they are also owners of the “Famous” Amp Shop & Music Parlor in West Palm Beach, Florida. In episode 83, Ron and Bari state that they believe that the “Amp Shop” is a work of God.  They state that they feel that God’s purpose is manifested daily through their business.

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During the interview, Ron and Bari shared one of their original songs, “He Will Guide You Home.” Bari explained that this song is a reminder for how important it is to be “in the world, but not of the world”.  The Litchauer’s also play and sing several other songs throughout the broadcast intermingled with an interesting backstory and a lot of laughs.


Ron and Bari have a passion for music, and have performed individually and as a duo throughout their life. They recently had the privilege of playing with Catholic, national touring, troubadour, George Lower as backing musicians in January 2018 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, Florida for a four day healing mission.  Ron Litchauer and George Lower are teaming up to create a CD of live recorded music from this profound spiritual event which will be available soon.  Ron has a history of recording Lower’s earlier releases.  Ron Litchauer has been recording in his West Palm Beach studio since 1987.


Ron and Bari are members of Faith Presbyterian Church in Palm Springs, Florida, and have found great joy worshiping there under the guidance of their pastor, Bill Stepp. The Litchauer’s shared with us how truly blessed their life has been as a married couple of 39 years. They emphasized the blessing when one is married to someone who shares the same desire for constant spiritual growth with the Lord. Below, are links to Ron and Bari’s music store, church, and some of the major acts that they perform with.

Listen to the full interview to hear more about Ron and Bari’s Journey with the Lord:



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“Praise You Lord” Ep. 80 Interview with Season 3, “The Voice” Star, Rudy Parris


Bonafide country star, and contestant on season 3 of NBC’s The Voice, Rudy Parris interviews with Jeffrey Zagaria on the 80th episode of Praise You Lord, an underground independent Christian Radio program. Not only is Rudy is an extremely talented performer, but he also lives his life through Christ. Currently, Rudy lives in central California right in the San Joaquin valley, a sweet agricultural area.

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His music expresses the agricultural life style he grew up in. Besides praising the Lord through music, Rudy takes pride in keeping the Bakersfield sound alive. Rudy has not only been on Blake Shelton’s team of season 3 on The Voice, but he has also worked with major country stars like, Buck Owens for 15 years, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and James Brown, just to name a few.

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On this episode, Rudy talked about his experience on the voice, how the audition process was, some of his struggles along the way, and what it was like to actually be on the show! He also shared with us a song he wrote about how much his daughter blessed his life when he was in a time of trouble…. I don’t want to give too much away, so watch the full video interview at the top of this article.

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“Praise You Lord” Episode #64, Jeff Millar- Sax Shares His Touching Testimony

On episode #64 of “Praise You Lord,” Host, Jeffrey Zagaria had the honor of interviewing singer-songwriter, Jeff Millar-Sax. Seven years ago, Jeff’s wife Jeanene passed away from lung cancer. During her battle with cancer, Jeff and his wife experienced a struggle with the expenses of travel and hotel in order to get to the hospital which was over 100 miles away in heavy southern California traffic. These events inspired Jeff to write an album in which a portion of the proceeds go towards funding housing for cancer patients and their families to defray the expensive cost housing when traveling. He titled this album “Giving Shelter.” The story of the inspiration for the naming of his album is very exciting!

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“Giving Shelter” Album Cover

Jeff’s star-studded album includes musicians who have worked with famous artists like: Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Santana, Gloria Estefan, Boz Scaggs), Neil Stubenhaus (Barbara Streisand, Quincy Jones, Aerosmith, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Cher), Michael Landau (Seal, Michael Jackson, Boz Scaggs, Pink Floyd), Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Sheryl Crow, Frank Ocean, Jason Mraz), Deron Johnson (Miles Davis, Seal, Paula Abdul), and John Jorgenson (Elton John, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Barbra Streisand), just to name a few. Jeff shared with us one of his songs which he wrote for his wife Jeanene who passed away from lung cancer called “Magic.”  He explained to us that when he writes music, he feels a divine spark inspired by the Lord, and that’s exactly how he felt with this song.

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At The Steakhouse Recording Studio
L-R: Ken Eisennagel, Lee Bench, Josh Eagan, Bernard Fowler
Seated: Jeff Millar-Sax

Watch the full video interview at the top of this article to hear the rest of Jeff’s inspiring story!

Below is a link to his website where you can purchase his album, as well as a link to his Facebook page. Support “Giving Shelter” and Jeff Millar-Sax’s charity.  If you do, we are sure you will be blessed!





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Eric Velez Hosts Two Master Classes at Zagaria Vocal Academy

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This past weekend on June 16th, 2018, Zagaria Vocal Academy LLC had the pleasure of welcoming percussion teaching maestro, Eric Velez to our studio for a very anticipated master class. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Eric, he has worked and toured with Latin superstar, Marc Anthony for 23 years as well as Jennifer Lopez for 6 years. Furthermore, he has recorded albums with Latin stars like Celia Cruz, Jose Alberto, Eddie Palmieri, Kid Panaram, and Jack Bruce just to name a few. Eric is a Toca signature artist and is also sponsored by Zildjian, Remo, and Vic Firth. His love for the art of Latin percussion was very apparent throughout the entire master class, as he explained the history, evolution, and different rhythms and techniques of each instrument.

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Eric Velez Playing With Jennifer Lopez On Tour

The classes took place in the privacy of ZVA’s very own multi million dollar studio in Boca Raton, FL. ZVA held two separate master classes, and each class had two sections, part a and part b. The second master class featured famous guitarist/producer Bruno Alvaranga of Sao Paolo, Brazil jamming several different stylistic improvisations on his acoustic and electric guitars while Eric Velez demonstrated an amazing percussion performance.

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Eric Velez With His Toca Signature Series Instruments

Zagaria Vocal Academy is also honored to announce that Eric Velez has agreed to teach exclusively for our academy in person as well as online.  Furthermore, Eric has agreed to record session work for hire in our state of the art recording studio.  We plan to have more master classes with Eric in the future.  If interested please contact our office.


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Not only does ZVA hold awesome master classes with Eric Velez, we offer music, voice, song writing, recording classes, management consults, and a full recording studio filled with the some of the areas best teachers and producers.  Zagaria Vocal Academy LLC is the worlds first online music and voice academy.  Three years ago, Jeffrey Zagaria opened the new studio location in the beautiful office park at the current 301 Yamato Road location. ZVA is available now both online and in studio at our new Boca location.  Zagaria Vocal Academy LLC has been a member of NAMM since 2014, and has been granted the “Best Of 2014, and 2015 awards”.

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Wonderful Shot Of Eric During A Live Performance

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“Praise You Lord” Episode 79- Bruno Alvaranga and Octavio Vieria

On episode #79 Bruno Alvaranga and Octavio Vieira were studio guests of host Jeffrey Zagaria.  Bruno Alvaranga is a famous guitarist/music producer from Sao Paolo State in Brazil who has produced over one hundred professional CD recordings.  Many of his recordings are of famous Brazilian Christian/catholic praise and worship bands.  Alvaranga also produces for three major TV broadcasts in Brazil.  Furthermore, his production skills have been responsible for the creation of over one hundred professional Brazilian movie trailers. Octavio Vieira is a charismatic prayer group leader at Saint Vincent Catholic Church of Margate Florida.  Currently Alvaranga and Vieira team up together with a host of other prayer group members on Monday evenings at their church for praise, worship, word, and prayer.  Listen in to this episode to hear testimony of these two Christian men who are prominent in the Brazilian and world community.  Bruno brought his guitar along and played live praise while Octavio praised along with his singing.  A very special episode from two special people who currently serve the Lord in South Florida.

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Praise You Lord is a weekly radio broadcast that can be heard on WPBV 98.3 FM in the Palm Beaches of South Florida.  Visit to tune in to the live programs on Saturday’s 6:00 – 7:00 PM, or Sunday’s from 12:00 – 1:00 PM, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Watch the full video interview at the top of this article!

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ZVA’s Mary Koenig of Boca Raton, FL Releases Her Second Original Song, “June”

Zagaria Vocal Academy client, Mary Koenig officially released her second original song called “June” on February 28th, 2018.

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Singer-Songwriter Mary Koenig pauses for a recent photo opportunity in Milan, Italy

This beautiful summer melody features warm vocal tones and a gorgeous piano  accompaniment provided by song producer and vocal mentor, Jeffrey Zagaria.

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Mary Koenig sings, “June”, with Jeffrey Zagaria accompanying her on the piano in the studio.

Mary is currently an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Boca Raton, Florida. She plans to attend Florida Atlantic University this coming Fall.  Koenig will continue her pursuit of a singer/songwriting career studying music and voice at ZVA and a business degree at FAU.

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Mary Koenig performs, “June” at The Sketch Restaurant in London, England on a funky piano.

Koenig receives full credit for the song lyric and shares credit with Zagaria on the original music.

Mary enjoys playing the piano, guitar, and writing poetry on her free time.

Consider listening, liking, commenting, and sharing Mary’s new song “June” on Youtube and Soundcloud.   Click below, you won’t be disappointed!

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