Isabel Escalante

A versatile Venezuelan violinist, Isabel Escalante is an interdisciplinary artist who balances classical music and mainstream genres seamlessly. She has received numerous awards in several competitions including 3rd place in the Emil Friedman Violin Competition and 1st place in the 2007 William T. Gower Competition. She was a semifinalist in the Sphinx Competition and the Lennox International Young Artist Competition. Ms. Escalante made her solo debut at age 9 with the Carabobo Youth Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with the University of Southern Mississippi Orchestra.

          Ms. Escalante had the honor to perform in the White House at the Chinese State Dinner for President Barack Obama and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang in 2015. She has performed with a number of orchestras in the U.S. including Houston, Sphinx, Stamford, and New World Symphony Orchestras. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Escalante performs regularly with the Sphinx Virtuosi and is a founding member of ALKALI, a groundbreaking ensemble with whom she held a two-week long residency in Curacao to expose children to classical music for the first time. Isabel also ventures in genres such as soul, gospel, rock, pop, and latin to name a few. Significant performances include, the 2015 American Music Awards Ceremony with Nicki Minaj; Il Volo, Placido Domingo, Disturbed, Patti LaBelle, and the Legendary Black Women’s A Cappella Ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. She has performed in some of the world’s finest halls including The Royal Concertgebouw, BBC Proms, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the Staples Center.

 

Alex Rosales García

Alex Rosales Garcia, Mexican-born and San Francisco raised, is a dynamic bassoonist living in Los Angeles, California. An active musician in Southern California and Nevada, Alex has performed with various groups including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, New West Symphony, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Golden State Pops Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony Orchestra, and as Principal Bassoon with the Debut Orchestra from 2013 to 2016. He has played under many notable conductors including JoAnn Falletta, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Bramwell Tovey, Carl St. Clair, Keith Lockhart, Christoph König and Matthias Bamert.

Along with the other members of his sextet, Cardinal Winds, Alex was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2015 Plowman Chamber Music Competition held in Columbia, Missouri. That same year they were also named semi-finalists in the Fischoff Chamber Competition and finalists at the Coleman Chamber Competition. The group was also honored with a Max H. Gluck fellowship and performed various community engagement concerts on a weekly basis within underserved communities in greater Los Angeles.

A passionate educator, Alex is also an acclaimed teaching artists for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s signature ‘El Sistema’ program – YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) He is the principal bassoon instructor, musicianship teacher and chamber music coach at the EXPO site (South Los Angeles) and Double Reed specialist at the HOLA site (Rampart District). Furthermore, he has held the positions of Double Reed instructor with the National Take A Stand Festival--a top-tier national youth orchestra for El Sistema-inspired programs across the United States.  Alex also maintains a vibrant and active bassoon studio and is proud of his many students who have won positions in local youth orchestras and obtained full-ride scholarships to various music schools.

 

  Amy K. Bormet   Currently living in Los Angeles, Amy K. Bormet is an in-demand pianist, vocalist, and composer. The quintet from her debut album, Striking, was featured as part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. As an advocate for women in music, Amy created the  Washington Women in Jazz Festival  in 2011 and continues to serve as executive director. Amy K Bormet’s latest project, Ephemera, is a platform for her new art songs with improvisation. Ephemera performed a two-week tour of Sweden in the fall of 2015.  In addition to her performance career, Ms. Bormet is a prolific composer frequently combining improvisation with concert music. In March of 2015 she premiered a concert of new works for string quartet and her jazz piano trio at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has been commissioned to write for Wild Up’s Work concert for classical bassist/vocalist Maggie Hasspacher, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Afro-Blue, Howard University Jazz Ensemble, and the Brad Linde Ensemble among others. Her recorded music is featured in short films, radio dramas, and audio books.  Amy is an alumna of the Kennedy Center’s residency program for composer/performers, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, and the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Emerging Artist Workshop. She received her bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies/Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Ellen Rowe and Geri Allen, and her master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Howard University.

Amy K. Bormet

Currently living in Los Angeles, Amy K. Bormet is an in-demand pianist, vocalist, and composer. The quintet from her debut album, Striking, was featured as part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. As an advocate for women in music, Amy created the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011 and continues to serve as executive director. Amy K Bormet’s latest project, Ephemera, is a platform for her new art songs with improvisation. Ephemera performed a two-week tour of Sweden in the fall of 2015.

In addition to her performance career, Ms. Bormet is a prolific composer frequently combining improvisation with concert music. In March of 2015 she premiered a concert of new works for string quartet and her jazz piano trio at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has been commissioned to write for Wild Up’s Work concert for classical bassist/vocalist Maggie Hasspacher, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Afro-Blue, Howard University Jazz Ensemble, and the Brad Linde Ensemble among others. Her recorded music is featured in short films, radio dramas, and audio books.

Amy is an alumna of the Kennedy Center’s residency program for composer/performers, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, and the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Emerging Artist Workshop. She received her bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies/Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Ellen Rowe and Geri Allen, and her master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Howard University.

 
  Ana Daniela Campos Prado   I'm a professor with more than eight years of experience and I'm currently a staff member at Universidad Arturo Michelena and Universidad Tecnológica del Centro both located in Carabobo, Venezuela.   I received my bachelor’s degree in communication in 2009 and throughout my professional career I've been able to acquire knowledge in the fields of event production/protocol, photography and digital platforms, this has allowed me to work as a freelance journalist, professional photographer, public relations officer and social media manager. -- Soy Docente Universitaria con más de ocho años de experiencia y actualmente formo parte del staff de profesores de la Universidad Arturo Michelena y la Universidad Tecnológica del Centro, ambas ubicadas en Carabobo, Venezuela.  En el año 2009 obtuve mi primera titulación en Comunicación Social y dentro de mi trayectoria profesional, he podido adquirir conocimientos en el área de la producción de eventos, protocolo, fotografía y plataformas digitales, que me han permitido desempeñarme de forma libre como periodista, fotógrafa profesional, relacionista público y social media manager.  

Ana Daniela Campos Prado

I'm a professor with more than eight years of experience and I'm currently a staff member at Universidad Arturo Michelena and Universidad Tecnológica del Centro both located in Carabobo, Venezuela.


I received my bachelor’s degree in communication in 2009 and throughout my professional career I've been able to acquire knowledge in the fields of event production/protocol, photography and digital platforms, this has allowed me to work as a freelance journalist, professional photographer, public relations officer and social media manager.
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Soy Docente Universitaria con más de ocho años de experiencia y actualmente formo parte del staff de profesores de la Universidad Arturo Michelena y la Universidad Tecnológica del Centro, ambas ubicadas en Carabobo, Venezuela.

En el año 2009 obtuve mi primera titulación en Comunicación Social y dentro de mi trayectoria profesional, he podido adquirir conocimientos en el área de la producción de eventos, protocolo, fotografía y plataformas digitales, que me han permitido desempeñarme de forma libre como periodista, fotógrafa profesional, relacionista público y social media manager.
 

  Hunter Elijah Bryce Bermudez   Hunter grew up in Miami, Florida loving to write and play music. These penchants for rhythm and storytelling naturally progressed into an interest in filmmaking, especially editing. Since graduating from University of Southern California with a BA in Film and TV Production, Hunter has primarily worked as a freelance video editor. Focusing in music videos and creative non-fiction, Hunter has collaborated with various directors and several digital production companies including SoulPancake, Wondros, and most recently Disney Digital Network. Hunter spent a year building a post production company (Post Nuclear, now Thermonuclear) with fellow USC classmates. Last year he had a blast teaching film at a youth summer program! Outside of editing, Hunter likes to explore the outdoors, read, and train Krav Maga.

Hunter Elijah Bryce Bermudez

Hunter grew up in Miami, Florida loving to write and play music. These penchants for rhythm and storytelling naturally progressed into an interest in filmmaking, especially editing. Since graduating from University of Southern California with a BA in Film and TV Production, Hunter has primarily worked as a freelance video editor. Focusing in music videos and creative non-fiction, Hunter has collaborated with various directors and several digital production companies including SoulPancake, Wondros, and most recently Disney Digital Network. Hunter spent a year building a post production company (Post Nuclear, now Thermonuclear) with fellow USC classmates. Last year he had a blast teaching film at a youth summer program! Outside of editing, Hunter likes to explore the outdoors, read, and train Krav Maga.

  Simone Deleon-Pina   Simone Deleon-Pina began playing violin at age seven in Seattle, after becoming inspired by Romani street violinists while living in Presov, Slovak Republic. Throughout her career, she has been an avid soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Simone made her solo debut at the age of eighteen with the Garfield Symphony Orchestra in Seattle. In 2013, she premiered the first live performance of Paul Chihara’s “Love Music” Concerto for Violin and Clarinet with the UCLA Philharmonia as a winner of the 2012-13 All-Star Competition.  Since completing a B.M. in 2011 from The Boston Conservatory and her M.M. degree from UCLA in 2013, Simone has remained in Los Angeles. She performs and records with various ensembles throughout the area, including Dream Orchestra, GlobalMusic4Life, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Middle Eastern Stars Orchestra (MESTO), and the Southeast Symphony. In addition, Simone is a strong supporter of providing music instruction to underserved communities. For the past four years, she has taught and developed programs in collaboration with Harmony Project, ICYOLA, and White Hall Arts Academy.

Simone Deleon-Pina

Simone Deleon-Pina began playing violin at age seven in Seattle, after becoming inspired by Romani street violinists while living in Presov, Slovak Republic. Throughout her career, she has been an avid soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Simone made her solo debut at the age of eighteen with the Garfield Symphony Orchestra in Seattle. In 2013, she premiered the first live performance of Paul Chihara’s “Love Music” Concerto for Violin and Clarinet with the UCLA Philharmonia as a winner of the 2012-13 All-Star Competition.

Since completing a B.M. in 2011 from The Boston Conservatory and her M.M. degree from UCLA in 2013, Simone has remained in Los Angeles. She performs and records with various ensembles throughout the area, including Dream Orchestra, GlobalMusic4Life, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Middle Eastern Stars Orchestra (MESTO), and the Southeast Symphony. In addition, Simone is a strong supporter of providing music instruction to underserved communities. For the past four years, she has taught and developed programs in collaboration with Harmony Project, ICYOLA, and White Hall Arts Academy.