With more than 20 years of teaching experience for the cello, I have taught students of all ages, throughout California and overseas. I earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Cello Performance and am currently the Principal cellist for the Camellia Symphony, California. In addition, I am teaching all levels of cello and beginner violin lessons to my students in Folsom, Napa and Sacramento.
My professional performing experience began in Medellin, Colombia in 1985 with the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra where I was their Soloist beginning in 1992 and later on, as First Cello, from 1998-2002.
While in Colombia, I also performed with the Antioquia Symphonic Orchestra and the Antioquia Chamber Orchestra from 1991-1999.
I left my hometown of Medellin to come to the United States where I performed with the Texas Christian University Orchestra in Fort Worth, Texas in 2000. Returning to Medellin, I spent the next year with the Eafit Symphonic Orchestra.
Finally, I settled in Sacramento in 2003, coming here to earn my Master's Degree in Cello Performance while performing throughout the next year with the California State University, Sacramento Symphony.
In Sacramento, I have also performed with the Sacramento Metropolitan Orchestra and with several other chamber groups.
At this time, I am teaching all levels of cello and beginner violin. My students range in age from six to seventy years and enjoy learning in a relaxing environment at their own pace.
I incorporate several different teaching styles to meet each students' individual needs and abilities.
Singing, Broadway Singing, Cello, Music Theory, Opera Voice
You will benefit from my 10 years plus experience teaching individual music lessons in singing and cello. You are an individual, with your own special talents and needs, and I work hard preparing for your lessons- selecting and preparing exercises and music that will make learning fun and help you make consistent progress.
To support your growth I continually update my teaching methods, equipment and music library. Over time I have located several free or low cost software programs to enhance your practice at home. I use the internet extensively to keep up to date with the latest in music performance, and I love it when my students share their latest finds.
I keep your lessons fresh, fun and productive by attending workshops, master classes and concerts. You also benefit from my memberships in music teachers associations, which provide opportunities for you to perform and learn, as well as connections into the local music community.
My lessons are designed to help you develop the skills and confidence to successfully perform in public. You will benefit from my over 30 years of performing experience - major operatic and Broadway roles, jazz hits, arias and solo cantatas with orchestras and choirs, master classes, chamber music (cello and voice), orchestra, band, and dance band (since I was 9 years old).
Recent performances include:
ARC Orchestra Competition Winner, Sacramento Chamber Music Group Concerts, Fundraiser for St. Marks Church, Carlton House Concert, Kennedy Gallery performance, Sacramento cello recital, University Choir, Camellia Orchestra.
Piano, Singing, Violin, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Upright Bass, Viola
My philosophy of teaching has many facets:
1.) The students physical health must be taken into consideration when playing an instrument.
2.) Only through hard work and practice can a student make lasting improvements.
3.) Repetition is the key to long-lasting learning.
4.) A teacher needs to be a cheerleader and a task-master at the same time.
5.) I use the Suzuki Method in as many ways as possible along with reading exercises for most ages.
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