While in graduate school, Angelica met Brandi Neighbors who was also a graduate student at the time studying art, and the two discovered that they had the same dream of starting an arts school. Brandi led them to Lillington, North Carolina, where she grew up, and together they started Eleven One Studios on June 27, 2013.
Their studio was named after Hebrews 11:1, which says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” The studio offers a variety of lessons in both visual arts and music. Angelica teaches violin, viola, cello, and upright bass, and also plays piano and sings. Starting with only four students, she now has around twenty-four students performing in each recital. In addition to teaching, she also plays for weddings and with different string quartets. She cites Jesus as her inspiration to play, and the Hochstein Music School as her inspiration for building an arts school. In the future, Angelica hopes to continue growing Eleven One Studios, potentially adding dance and theatre components to make it a fully functioning arts school. She would also like to regularly participate in a quartet.
The Faithful Violinist
by AnnaScott Cross
When she was five years old, Angelica Gonzalez’s parents saw that she had a love for music and gave her the choice between playing the flute and playing the violin. She chose the violin and began lessons at the Hochstein Music School in Rochester, New York where she continued to take lessons for years. After graduating high school, she decided to continue her music education at Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. She studied Music Performance with a Violin Proficiency, and stayed on at Pensacola Christian College to get her Masters in Music Education. While working on school, she had the opportunity to teach music lessons as a part of her curriculum, and quickly fell in love. She worked for a few years in Pensacola, but knew that she wanted to start her own music school some day.