WELCOME TO CAMERATA DEL SOL
Who We Are
Camerata del Sol is an innovative group of top-notch musicians from Las Cruces, El Paso and Ciudad Juárez that seeks to bring unique chamber music experiences to the region. Founded by NMSU professor and Latin Grammy award winning violinist Daniel Vega-Albela, Camerata was conceived to explore the string ensemble repertoire that full symphonies seldom perform due to the large nature of those orchestras. Camerata Del Sol is a 15-piece, conductorless ensemble that requires each of its members to be responsible for bringing every score we prepare to life as well as to become an integral part of the creative process.
Our mission is to fill an important gap in the musical scene of the tristate borderlands area by performing rarely-heard chamber music works. Our flexible ensemble ranges in size from small chamber groups like duos, trios, quartets, to large chamber ensembles such as the string orchestra and sinfonietta. In addition to our role as a professional ensemble, the Camerata also serves as a training ensemble for exceptional students at New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso. As firm believers in arts advocacy, we play outreach concerts and perform side-by-side concerts with the public school orchestra programs in El Paso and Las Cruces. In Fall of 2021, we started a free afterschool music program at University Hills Elementary, a Title I school in Las Cruces. In addition, we bring top-notch soloists from all over the world, of different educational backgrounds, to teach masterclasses and engage with our community. With the understanding that music and art have the power to transcend figurative and literal borders, we will always ensure that our concerts and masterclasses are available and accessible to community members of diverse backgrounds and ages.
Help Support Young String Musicians Today!
Two years ago, Camerata Del Sol musicians put our heads together to address one of the most pressing issues within Las Cruces' classical music scene: A lack of early childhood music education. As professional musicians, we know that most people who succeed in this field begin their musical training from an age as young as 4 or 5 years old. Unfortunately, in our small city, the opportunities to start an instrument at such a young age are few and far between. Many students are unable to pursue music until 6th grade, when it is offered in their public school music programs, and they face long and hard battles to "catch up" to young musicians in larger cities who had more opportunities provided to them.
We are happy to report that for two years strong, we have been doing our part to rectify this problem by teaching free after-school music classes at University Hills Elementary, a Title I school near New Mexico State University. From learning how to count and conduct, to playing on buckets, to finally playing on tiny string instruments, over forty students have benefitted from our early music education curriculum thus far.
As we enter our third year of instruction at University Hills, one of our major goals is to be able to offer subsidized private lessons to the graduates of our program. Access to private lessons is not only beneficial to each student's musical development, but also strengthens the public middle school orchestra programs that they enter. This year, we are raising money to support seven University Hills graduates.
Our goal is to raise $5,000 to support these students through Camerata Del Sol scholarships, and we know we can do it with your help. Click the button below to donate today.
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