By: Chloe Bruno
PLACENTIA,CA – Christian P. Perez, a senior from Valencia High School, was one of the sixteen students out of 107 nominees to be picked as the Artist of the Year for 2021. Perez was selected by a panel of teachers based on artistic resume, written statements, and performance videos. Perez specializes in Jazz and his primary instrument is an alto saxophone.
Instrumental musicians were selected all over the Orange County area with the specialties of piano and strings, winds and percussion, jazz music, and commercial and world/ cultural music.
Due to COVID-19 the interview process was differentiated this year as it was held virtually due to COVID restrictions. Nominees also have video recordings of themselves answering questions and performing. The judges are an accumulation of artistic professionals, faculty members from Southern California Universities, and other representatives of high school teachers.
An article was published by the Orange County Register featuring all 16 semi finalists. Perez’s statement to the Orange County Register was “What is an Artist? This seems like a very deep question at first glance, but I believe that it has a very simple answer: To express yourself in the most personal and intimate way that you possibly can. Some people do that through acting, art, or dance, but I knew from a very young age that music was going to be my purpose in life.” Perez’s performance video was also included with him playing a piece from the Green Dolphin Street with his alto saxophone.