The DreamHour Migrant Series 2020: series of 21 presentations that focus on the migrant experience in America. It will showcase diversity, challenges, struggles, and successes through each individual’s participation highlighting the navigation of the cultural intersection between one’s home country and one’s new home. Today’s Series will consist of three migrants’ presentations from three different countries:
5:30 PM, Doors Open
6:00 – 6:45 PM, Joel Michael Engulu (Congo) – “Faith as a Fearless Lion: Life from Africa to America”
7:00 -7:45 PM, Frank Trejo (Mexico) – “DreamChasers”
8:00 – 8:45 PM, Anya Grokhovski (Russia) – “My story as an immigrant: American dream”
Joel Michael Engulu
My name is Joel Michael Engulu. I was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and I am the middle of 5 children. I was raised in the Dallas/FortWorth area in Texas, Graduated from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, and currently now am in the Public Policy graduate program at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Frank lives and breathes creative web solutions. He gained hands-on experience with industry standard software and design projects at San Antonio College, and earned his degree Communications and Design. He brings with him the capacity to adapt to an ever changing digital world, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Frank is an established and innovative web developer that lives and breathes creativity and is dedicated to impacting the world with insightful web and online solutions.
Anya is a noted chamber music artist, born into a family of professional musicians. Her father was a violinist with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra for more than forty years. Anya received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia. She was a professor at the Gnessin State College in Moscow prior to coming to the US in 1989. The position of a staff accompanist at UTSA brought her to San Antonio in 1991. Anya’s fiery passion for music, commitment to San Antonio, and connections to world-class musicians provided a platform for the creation of an exciting new musical experience. With the avid support of a group of local music lovers in 1998 Anya designed a series of salon concerts in private residences. By 1999, programming extended to San Fernando Cathedral, and in 2000 to McAllister Auditorium. Extensive community outreach educational program Kids to Concerts offers free in-school multicultural performances. International Music Festival “Music Without Borders” was introduced to San Antonio audiences in the spring of 2014.