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AMALIA ZEITLIN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VIOLINIST

Amalia Zeitlin, violin, received her Master of Music degree from New Mexico State University in 2020, where she received the Outstanding Graduate Student award for the College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Amalia studied at Boston University and the Jerusalem Academy of Music. Amalia made her solo debut in 2019, playing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra. Amalia has also served as the principal 2nd violinist of the El Paso Symphony since 2018. Since Camerata Del Sol ́s founding in 2017, Amalia has served as its executive director, as well as one of the core violinists of the ensemble.

ALINA VAZQUEZ

CELLIST

Alina A. Vázquez is Associate Professor of Music at El Paso Community College, where she teaches cello lessons, music courses, and conducts the string orchestra.  She served as principal cellist of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra during the 2018-2019 season and has been a substitute cellist for the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in Davenport, Iowa. She has also performed with the Abilene Symphony Orchestra and San Angelo Symphony Orchestra in Texas, and the Hot Springs Festival Symphony in Arkansas. Alina has been a member of the NOVA New Music Ensemble, the Rote Hund Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and the Opera Theatre Orchestra in Georgia. Aside from her orchestral performances she is an active chamber musician who regularly performs with her husband pianist Joseph Lecher. 

Alina completed a doctorate in cello performance at the University of Georgia, a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s at the University of North Texas. She has taught at the University of Georgia, the Greater Milwaukee El Sistema non-profit youth orchestra program, and the Waukesha County Conservatory of Music.  

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HECTOR TORRES ALFONSO GONZALEZ

THEORBO

Héctor Alfonso Torres González was born in Puerto Rico where he started his guitar studies at the Preparatory School of the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory. In 2007, he started his Bachelor studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, where he studied until 2012 with the distinguished Puerto Rican guitarist Juan Sorroche. From 2012 to 2014 he worked on his Master's degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under world renowned guitarist René Izquierdo. He currently holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas where he studied with guitarist Thomas Johnson and served as a Teaching Fellow of classical guitar. While at UNT he also served as a Teaching Assistant for the UNT Baroque Orchestra, working under renowned early music specialist Paul Leenhouts. He has concertized around Puerto Rico, China, Spain, South America, and the U.S., and has been invited to perform and judge in festivals like the 3rd Latin American Guitar Festival in Chicago, 12th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco, the G.H.M. International Guitar Art Festival in Shenzhen, China and the Boston Early Music Festival. Apart from being an active performer, he has received top prizes at international guitar competitions, including the 4th Annual Baldwin Wallace International Guitar Festival and Competition, the 2nd Annual Mountain View Guitar Festival, the 16th Annual International Tennessee Guitar Festival, the 2016 Mississippi Guitar Festival, the 2018 New Orleans International Guitar Festival, the 4th Annual Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition and the 24th Annual Appalachian Guitar Fest and Solo Guitar Competition.

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JAMES CARNEY

CELLIST

An accomplished orchestral musician and solo cellist, James Carney has performed with the orchestras of Youngstown, Wheeling, Warren, Greenville, Mansfield, Opera Western Reserve, Opera Circle Cleveland, and internationally with the Orquesta Sinfonica de la UACJ. He is currently principal cellist of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and assistant principal of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. For six years, he served as acting assistant principal cellist of the Youngstown Symphony and as principal cellist of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Carney has most recently been featured soloist with the U.S./Mexico Youth Philharmonic orchestra, as well as the Dana Symphony Orchestra, Dana Chamber Orchestra, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and University of Texas at El Paso Symphony Orchestra. He has performed under the baton of Jaap van Zweden, JoAnn Falletta, Gerhardt Zimmermann, Robert Franz, Carl Topilow, and Svilen Simeonov. Mr. Carney has also toured internationally with Barry Manilow, and has appeared with Earth, Wind & Fire, Disney legend Jodi Benson, members of the Contours, The Miracles, and The Temptations, and as cellist for Pope Francis’s visit to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. 

As a chamber musician, Mr. Carney has been featured in performances for the Chagrin Valley Chamber Music Concert Series, the ENCORE Recital Series, the International Festival for Strings recital series, Music at Noon at the Butler Museum of American Art, YSU Concert Series, and at Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall. His chamber music coaches include the Cavani Quartet, Ying Quartet, Miami Quartet, and Allison Wells. As a music educator, Mr. Carney has found success teaching students of a wide range of backgrounds and ability levels, in public school settings, his private studio, and as a chamber music coach. He has acted as a judge for solo and ensemble competitions, all-state orchestra auditions, and as a youth orchestra sectional coach in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

MARA ARRENDONDO

VIOLIST

Mara I. Arredondo is a member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and teaches at Sunrise Mountain Elementary, Duran Elementary, Barron Elementary, and Tom Lea Elementary schools. Mara is an honors graduate from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where she studied with world-renowned violist/violinist and composer Atar Arad. Mara studied chamber music and pedagogy with some of the nation’s most elite professors including Pacifica Quartet’s Masumi Per Rostad; bass professor Kurt Muroki, and renowned string pedagogue Mimi Zweig. In August of 2010, as an incoming freshman at Texas Tech University, Mara was awarded a full contract with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, of which she was a participant for the duration of her undergraduate degree. In June of 2011, she was nominated for and awarded a private scholarship by the Clara Freshour Foundation. She was a student of extraordinary violists Renee Skerik and Dr. Kimberly Sparr, and was also heavily influenced by the teachings of well-established violinist Annie Chalex-Boyle, and cellist Jefferey Lastrapes.

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JULIO CAMPOS

VIOLIST

Born and raised in Las Cruces, NM, Julio Campos began his dedicated musical studies at age 17. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music – Performance from New Mexico State University. Julio plays with various ensembles in the surrounding areas, and until 2020 was performing with the Classical Music Institute in San Antonio, TX. In the Fall 2020 semester, Julio taught viola as an adjunct faculty at New Mexico State University. In the Fall of 2021, Julio accepted the position as the mariachi teacher at La Academia Dolores Huerta charter school. Julio also has worked for the Tocando Music Project, an organization in El Paso that provides instruments and free music education to underserved children. In 2019, Julio made his solo debut, playing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra. Julio is the principal violist of Camerata del Sol and participates in nearly all their engagements. 

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ELISABETH GREENE

VIOLIST

Elisabeth Greene is an active violist and music educator in the Southwest. In July 2022, she accepted a position as the music teacher at Hermosa Heights Elementary School in Las Cruces, NM. She has been principal violist for a number of orchestras and is a regular member of the Las Cruces Symphony. She holds a Bachelors of Music Degree from New Mexico State University and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Texas in Austin. In addition to her solo recitals, she has performed as a chamber musician with members of the La Catrina Quartet, NMSU String Quartet, C4 Ensemble, Vox Vallis Women’s Ensemble, and the Classical Music Institute Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Greene has coached sectionals for high school orchestras in Texas and New Mexico, as well as worked with after-school programs for children such as Kindermusik (2015) and Camerata Del Sol's education program at University Hills Elementary School. Ms. Greene has also performed with the Classical Music Institute’s Summer Education Program, and the Nuevo Mundo Festival and Academy Ensembles in Oranjestad, Aruba. She also recorded the soundtrack for the short film Bois Mort directed by Hannah Saunders, and was the lead producer for the very first Camerata Del Sol album, which will be released in 2023.

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HYERIM MAPP

CELLIST

Dr. Hyerim J. Mapp is an energetic orchestral musician as well as recital soloist, chamber music player, and teacher. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in cello performance from the University of Kansas. Prior to her study at KU, she studied and taught music in her native Korea at Sejong University, where she was a concerto competition winner. Currently, she is a lecturer of music at New Mexico State University. She has served as principal cellist of the Kansas City Civic, Kinnor Philharmonic, Sioux City Symphony, Southeast Kansas Orchestras, and the Neue Eutiner Festspiele in Eutin, Germany. She has also played with the Topeka Symphony, Saint Joseph Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Lawrence Community Orchestra, Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, and frequently played with the Kansas City Symphony, Omaha Symphony orchestras, and also performed with the Kansas City Cello Quartet. As a soloist, she has performed with the Southeast Kansas Orchestra, Kansas City Medical Arts Symphony, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, and was one of three local cellists selected to perform for the world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City. As a member of Piano Trio, Con Spirito, she has performed at Ball State University, Washburn University, the Lawrence Arts Center, and Pittsburg Chamber Music Festival. Before joining the faculty at New Mexico State University she has served as a lecturer of cello and bass at Pittsburg State University and as adjunct professor of cello at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Sejong University and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Kansas.

 

IAN NARLOCK

BASSIST

Ian Narlock is a double bassist from El Paso, Texas. As a student of Paul Sharpe, he received a B.A. degree from Texas Tech University and a M.M. degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Currently, he is the Principal Double Bass of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Principal of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. In the past, he has played for many regional orchestras in Texas, New Mexico, and North Carolina. As an educator, he has served as faculty at the Chamber Music on the Hill Festival (NC), the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, staff at the Bad Boyz of Bass Camp (IN), as well as maintaining a private studio.

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BRIGID MCCARTHY

VIOLINIST

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, she moved to the Southwest to take on principal positions in the El Paso and Las Cruces Symphony Orchestras and teach violin lessons. Highlights of her musical life include performances with the symphonies of Milwaukee, San Antonio, and Elgin, two seasons with Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet orchestra, national and international tours with Broadway’s West Side Story and Star Wars: In Concert, and sharing the stage with her father, father-in-law and husband—all accomplished musicians.  She has spent her summers basking in chamber music at the Madeline Island Music Camp, The Castleman Quartet Program, and Kneisel Hall.  Her coaches include members of the Artaria, Audobon, Borromeo, Brentano, Cavani, Cleveland, Concord, Daedalus, Fine Arts, Guarneri, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Orion, and Vermeer Quartets. 

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Brigid is inspired by her teachers Ellen Kim, Mary West, Lucy Chapman, Roland and Almita Vamos. In addition to music, Brigid's passions include physical therapy (she owns and manages Mountain Man Physical Therapy in El Paso), exploring the great outdoors, and spending time with her animals.

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ROBERTO JURADO

VIOLINIST

Roberto Jurado has performed extensively in important venues throughout Mexico, such as Palacio de Bellas Artes, Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Auditorio Nacional, Teatro Degollado, and Teatro Juárez, among others. He has studied with such outstanding teachers as Ileana Vasileva, Odin Rathnam, Martin Valdeschak, Jorge Deleze, and Ana Bela Chaves. He has performed with renowned directors such as Paul Wakabayachi, Eugene Kohn, J. David Jackson, Enrique Barrios, Alondra de la Parra, Alfredo Ibarra, and has toured with the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), the Chihuahua Philharmonic, The El Paso Opera Orchestra, and the Valencia Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. In September 2012 he was a guest performer with the La Catrina Quartet at New Mexico State University (NMSU). He participated in the International String Festival in Lagos, Portugal, the Chihuahua International Festival, the Silkeborg Denmark Festival and "La Festa Antiqua" in Xalapa, Veracruz.

As a soloist he has performed with the UACJ Symphony Orchestra, the INFAO Chamber Orchestra, the Xalapa Filarmonía in Veracruz, the UACJ Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Lagos Festival Chamber Orchestra, Portugal. In November of 2013, he made his debut as artistic director with the Ciudad Juárez Camerata "Taámi," conducting his first opera, "Dido and Aeneas" by Henry Purcell. In 2013 he was invited to act as concertmaster for a gala concert with Plácido Domingo and the Esperanza Azteca National Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Jurado is the Assistant Principal 2nd Violin of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

 

ISAAC REYNAGA

CELLIST

Isaac Reynaga, cellist and countertenor, holds degrees from the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas and the Longy School of Music at Bard College. Presently, he is pursuing his Master of Music degree at New Mexico State University while serving as Graduate Cello Assistant to Professor Jorge Espinoza. Isaac's won 1st prize and Best Interpretation in the National Cello Competition in 2018, and received the Seifert Prize from the Youth Classical Music Competition. In 2023, he was selected to perform with the Meraki Quartet at the Virtuoso BelCanto festival in Tuscany, Italy. 

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LAURA CAMPBELL

VIOLIST

Laura Campbell began playing the violin in Fairbanks, Alaska, at the age of six and switched to the viola in the 6th grade. While completing her Viola Performance degree at the University of Oregon, she joined the Oregon Mozart Players and also performed with the Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra and the Corvallis Symphony. She has participated in several summer music programs, including Madeline Island Chamber Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Encore School for Strings. In 2020, Laura and her family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, and she is currently a section violist in the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

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JASMINE VASQUEZ

VIOLINIST

Jasmine Vasquez is an El Pasoan violinist who has performed in various orchestras throughout Dallas and in Boston, such as the University of North Texas Orchestras, UNT Baroque Orchestra, the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, Lewisville Lake Symphony, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a member of the Four Bridges String Quartet, Paso Del Norte Chamber Orchestra, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, and El Paso Symphony Orchestra. 

 

In the span of her musical education, she has prepared 4 solo recitals and played in several chamber concerts every semester. Jasmine is an avid chamber musician. As a member of the Four Bridges String Quartet, she has given various Candlelight Concerts by Fever. Programs for the Candlelight concerts vary from classical, to tango, and even pop. Outside of the orchestral setting, Jasmine has performed in the musical theater pit orchestra at Denton, ViolUNTi (violin) ensemble, the Jam Wows Cover Band, and pop concerts with Amy Grant and Il Volo. 

 

With her love of performing also comes her love of music education. Along with coaching violins in the youth symphony (EPSYOs), Jasmine teaches 5th through 8th grade in the Del Valle feeder pattern. 

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KEVIN DVORAK

CELLIST

Prior to joining the cello section of the Houston Symphony in 1978, Kevin Dvorak studied with cellist and mentor, Lev Aronson and appeared as soloist with the Dallas, Fort Worth, Midland-Odessa and Houston Symphony Orchestras. An ardent chamber music lover, he has performed in Houston chamber series and frequently presented benefit concerts in his home with other symphony musicians. More recent musical activities include score reconstruction, orchestration and arranging for his Musicaneo site. He has now lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

DANIEL VEGA-ALBELA

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CONCERTMASTER

Praised for his unusually pure and attractive sound, Daniel Vega-Albela won silver medal at the first National Violin Competition in Mexico City at the age of fourteen. Soon after he moved to New York, where he received a degree in performance from the Mannes College of Music. In 1997, he joined the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Mexico, to teach violin performance and to become part of the Ensamble de las Rosas, the conservatory’s flagship new music group. From 2001 to 2003, he was violin Instructor at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. One of the founding members of the La Catrina String Quartet, Mr. Vega-Albela has concertized extensively throughout the US and Mexico, offering more than 500 performances from 2007 to the present. In 2012, along with his quartet colleagues, he was honored with a Latin-Grammy award for best classical recording in his collaboration with Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Currently, Mr. Vega-Albela is Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at New Mexico State University, and section leader with the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.

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