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Diego Barbosa-Vásquez 

       Music Director 

Colombian-born and worldwide-trained Opera and Orchestra Conductor. Music Director of The Americas Chamber Orchestra at Bloomington Indiana, USA; Music Director of the Opera Summer Camp (CASC) at Los Angeles California-USA; and Doctoral Student of Opera and Orchestra Conducting at Jacobs School of Music from Indiana University (Indiana, USA) as a Scholarship holder of Graduate Tuition Award and Artistic Excellence Award. 

The International Press references him as “Musical Genius” and “synonymous of energy, knowledge and confidence of high artistic quality”. Due to his outstanding international career, Maestro Barbosa-Vásquez was named by ProColombia as Ambassador of Colombia Country Brand. Besides, he is a Professional Member as Opera and Orchestra Conductor of the League of American Orchestras.

Guest conductor for the 70 anniversary of UNICEF concert, the Colombian Maestro has been winning international recognition since conducting in El Salvador (2014), his 1st. International Opera Conductors Competition in Belgium (Opera Royal de Wallonie) (2017) and the III Nino Rota International Conducting Competition in Italy (2018), in last both cases representing Latinamerica. Also, he was a special guest lecturer at the 11th European Orchestra Festival of (EOFed) and WFAO General Assembly (2018 - Norway) and special guest lecturer at the WFAO General Assembly (2019 - Singapore) also representing Latin America.  

Diego has been Guest Conductor of the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony (IN, USA), OCSA Symphony Orchestra (CA, USA), Youth Symphony Orchestra of El Salvador (El Salvador), Caldas Symphony Orchestra (Caldas, Colombia) and Choir and Founding Orchestra of Esperanza Azteca Program (Puebla, México). Recognized by Colfuturo - Colombia as “Talented Pride of Colombia” Maestro Diego was Artistic & Music Director of the World Music Symphony Orchestra in California-USA, Music and Artistic Director of Huila Philharmonic, Chief Conductor of E&P® Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Huila Conservatory and Rock Symphony Orchestra. Diego was chief Conductor of E&P Choirs of Cajicá, Colina, and Aparecida; Choral Conductor at “Tocar y Luchar Cafam-Colombia” and Head of the Virrey Solís-E&P Conservatory. As performer Maestro Barbosa-Vásquez was Principal Viola at Caldas Symphony Orchestra, Juan N. Corpas Symphony Orchestra, Colombia Joven Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Acordanza, Orchestra of the “Art and Opera for All Foundation,” Unimúsica Symphony Orchestra, Bogotá Symphony Orchestra FOSBO, and Scholarship holder and Founder of the Young Colombian Philharmonic (FJC).​

Diego holds an M.M. (Master in Music Degree - Graduated with honors) in Opera and Orchestra Conducting at Azusa Pacific University (CA, USA) as a recipient of full assistantship and John Simons scholarship. There he worked as Assistant Conductor of APU Symphony Orchestra, APU Opera Theater, and Guest Conductor of the Studio Orchestra and APU Musical Theater Company. He holds a Maestro in Music degree from Juan N. Corpas University Music School (Bogotá D.C., Colombia) and graduated with honors with Major in Conducting and Minors in Viola and Chamber Music. Furthermore, he is graduated from the Global Leaders Program of OA (Orchestra of the Americas) as Conductor and Violist.

His principal conducting professors are Arthur Fagen and Thomas Wilkins (From Indiana University - USA), Christopher Russell (From Azusa Pacific University - USA) and Jorge Alejandro Salazar (From Corpas University - Colombia).

https://www.barbosavasquez.com/

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              Aron Frank

      CEO & Concertmaster


Aron Frank is a composer, violinist, and entrepreneur of American-Colombian descent. After beginning the study of violin at age seven, shortly thereafter he began composing music and studying music theory with Judd Danby in West Lafayette, Indiana. Aron is a graduate of the Indiana University – Jacobs School of Music, where he studied composition with Claude Baker, Aaron Travers, Sven-David Sandström, and Don Freund, and violin with Federico Agostini.

 

His music for films has been screened recently at the Montclair Film Festival (New Jersey) and at Film Independent (Los Angeles). Inspired by wide-ranging musical influences, his concert works have been performed by ensembles at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Institute, Indiana University Bloomington, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Music Educators National Conference, and by the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony and Mariah Wind Quintet.

Aron was one of 35 musicians selected worldwide to participate in the 2018 Global Leaders Program (GLP), a nine-month Executive Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship, Teaching Artistry, Cultural Agency, and Civic Leadership. As a result of the program, he traveled to Chile and Brazil to cultivate music education experiences in under-resourced communities. As a strong advocate for music education among youth, he has worked extensively with La Fundación Batuta in Colombia, and in several El Sistema-inspired music programs in Austin, Texas and in New York City. Aron has also been engaged in a variety of entrepreneurial projects, and is Co-founder/CEO of The Americas Chamber Orchestra. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree (MM) in Film Scoring at Indiana University Bloomington, studying with composer Larry Groupé.

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Daniel Cueto

           Composer-in-Residence

Born and raised in Lima to a Peruvian father and American mother, Daniel Cueto´s work is reflective of his broad cultural experiences within European, North American and South American music. His compositions have been described as “cleverly melding rich traditional Peruvian melodies and rhythms with a contemporary flair, creating a style that is both pleasing and accessible to the listener and performer”. To date, his works have been performed in seventeen countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Malta, Argentina, Brazil and the USA.

Having studied and worked in Germany for many years, he fulfilled commissions for such institutions as Deutschlandradio, the Musikschule Bonn, the KHM Köln and the Robert-Schumann University Düsseldorf, and served as a member of the jury in the 29th Composition Competition of the City of Siegburg. His strong affinity for teaching led him to become an associate lecturer at the Detmold University of Music and at the Cologne University of Music and Dance from 2016 to 2019.

In counterpoint to his work as composer and educator, Daniel is an accomplished flute player who is active in a wide array of projects. He has performed solo, chamber and orchestral concerts in nine countries, including Germany, Holland, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain and the USA. He has appeared as concerto soloist four times with two Peruvian orchestras, the most recent highlight being the premiere of his own Flute Concerto No. 1 “Tale of the Chimú” with the Trujillo Symphony in August 2019.

Daniel came to the USA in 2019 to begin work on a Doctor of Composition degree at Indiana University - Bloomington, where he is currently studying with composer Claude Baker. Since his arrival, he has been commissioned by several American musicians and institutions, including oboist William Wielgus, the Kalliope Reed Quintet, the PanAmerican Trio and the Azusa Conservatory. He was recently named the winner of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra´s Inaugural Composition Competition (Columbus, IN).

Daniel´s music is published by Cayambis Music Press and by Filarmonika, as well as self-published through SMP Press. Recordings of his works have been released through the NEOS and Cantilena labels.   https://www.danielcueto.com/

Tamachi Goodson’s cello career includes orchestral, chamber, solo, and community performances. Her accomplishments include placing first in the Arizona MusicFest Annual Young Musicians Competitions and she received first place in the Senior Division Bach Cello Suite Competition at the University of Arizona. At age 16, she made her solo debut with the Phoenix Symphony upon receiving the Clotilde Otranto Prize in the orchestra’s 2016 Scholarship Competition. Goodson has appeared frequently in concerts as a section leader in the Phoenix Youth Symphony and as a featured artist in local concert series such as the Arizona MusicFest seasonal concerts. This year, she will perform as assistant principal in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra. Goodson has been featured on media platforms such as KTAR radio, KAZ TV, and Fox10 TV, representing the Phoenix Youth Symphony and its activities ranging from concerts, reach-outs, and fundraisers.

 

During her time at the Phoenix Youth Symphony, she first place in the 2015 and 2016 Phoenix Youth Symphony (PYS) Young Musicians Competition. Along with ensemble and concert engagements, Goodson is a frequent volunteer and a performer at homeless shelters and women’s shelters. Her recent activities include a benefit concert, featuring the local composer Sulaiman Zai, as a fundraiser for the Bloomington homeless shelter, New Hope for Families. In her high school years, she gave weekly lessons as a member of Harmony Project PHX as a volunteer private cello instructor. Goodson’s cello study at the age of 13 began with Mary DiBartolo and Peter Anderegg. She is currently studying for her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance at the Jacobs School of Music under Professor Peter Stumpf. She is a member of the Gilgamesh String Quartet and a regular volunteer at the Project School, a private elementary school based in Bloomington, Indiana. In her free time, she enjoys baking and painting.

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Tamachi Goodson

Principal Cellist

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Katherine Deneris

Librarian & Violist

Katherine is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Viola Performance at Indiana University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Utah, majoring in music and minoring in physics. Katherine loves collaborating with other musicians and performing music of diverse backgrounds and styles, frequently working with student composers as an undergraduate. As the founder of L’Alto, a student group at the University of Utah dedicated to all things viola, Katherine planned and coordinated guest artist masterclasses and performances. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Katherine loves mountains, hiking, snowboarding, and figure skating.

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Maya Abboud
Principal Violist
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Marketing Director

Principal Violist and Graphic Design/Marketing Director of The America’s Chamber Orchestra. Maya is currently based in Bloomington, IN where she studies under Stephen Wyrczynski at the Jacobs School of Music, completing her MM in 2021. As the winner of Illinois Wesleyan University’s Concerto/Aria Competition, she soloed the IWU Symphony Orchestra and went on to graduate with Honors Distinction in 2017. She studied under Jonah Sirota, composer and violist currently based in L.A., for two years during which she performed with the recently disbanded Chiara String Quartet in their final concert series as the winner of Play with the Chiara’s Competition. Through invitation, she performed as a guest artist for the Illinois Wesleyan Chamber Music festival in the summer of 2019, a culmination of her much enjoyed involvement since 2013 either as a festival counselor or appearing in faculty performances. Her love for chamber music, solo performance in collaboration with new composers, and artistic design/leadership is encompassed in her involvement with The ACO.

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Laura Stephany Cohen

Percussionist

Laura Stephany Cohen is a classical and latin percussionist from Cali, Colombia. Her passion for music began at a young age, leading her to enroll at the Conservatorio Antonio Maria Valencia of Cali between the ages of 12-14 and 16-20. At this institution, she started her studies on classical guitar, moved to trumpet and finally to percussion. Laura also studied piano and was part of the choirs. In 2011, she received a Technical Bachelor of Music Performance in Percussion from the Cali Conservatory. 

In 2013, Laura decided to move to the United States and enrolled at Eastern Illinois University where she studied classical, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion with Jamie Ryan. During her time at EIU, she won several music and academic scholarships and competitions, including the Eastern Symphonic Orchestra concerto competition and the Avedis Zildjian Scholarship through the prestigious Percussive Arts Society. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with University Honors in 2017. 

Laura went on to complete her Graduate degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she served as Associate Instructor of Percussion. She had the privilege of immensely growing her knowledge of Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music under Michael Spiro, as well as her classical skills under Kevin Bobo and John Tafoya. As an AI, Laura not only had the privilege of teaching private percussion lessons, but she also assisted teaching the Afro-Cuban, Steelpan and Brazilian Ensembles, learning a lot under Spiro, Joe Galvin and Joseph Gramley. Currently, Laura Stephany performs and teaches around the Bloomington-Indianapolis, Indiana areas.