Biography


EDUCATION

Masters of Music, California State University Los Angeles, 2003

Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance, Harp Major, National Conservatory of Music, Mexico City, Mexico, 1988.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

Victoria Conservatory of Music, Harp Performance courses under Taka Kling, Victoria, BC, Canada, 1983
University of Victoria, Harp Performance courses under Taka Kling, Victoria, BC, Canada, 1986/87
Akademia Muszyczna Fedrika Chopina, Harp Performance courses under Urszula Mazurek, Warsaw, Poland, 1987/89
Musica en Compostela, Harp Master Classes under Nicanor Zabaleta, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. 1992
In 1994 she joined the faculty of the National Conservatory of Mexico and became the harpist of the Carlos Chavez Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City. In 1998 she was Visiting Professor of Harp at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in British Columbia, where she also gave a series of concerts.

GRANTS

FONCA (National Fund for Arts and Culture, Mexico) Young Interpreters Grant. Designed and performed a one-year music concert program titled “Harp Solo Concerts”, 1992
FONCA (National Fund for Arts and Culture, Mexico) Young Interpreters Grant. Designed and performed a one-year chamber music concert-lecture series titled “Music with Cello”, 1994 Rockefeller Foundation Mexico-USA Fellowship. Commissioned new works for harp by Mexican Contemporary Composers to design and perform a one-year concert series program titled “Harp without Boundaries”, 2001
FONCA (National Fund for Arts and Culture, Mexico) Projects and Investment Grant. Researching and cataloguing the complete works by Mexican opera composer Daniel Catán, “Musical Catalogue Daniel Catan, 1972 to 2011”, 2014



FUNDRAISING AND MUSIC ADVOCACY

Fund-raising activities for the production of Maestro Catan’s operas as well as fundraising among private donors for the completion of his unfinished opera Meet John Doe, 2011-present Overseeing and promoting the musical legacy and archive of the world-renowned Mexican opera composer, Daniel Catán, 2001-present
Coordinating the completion of Maestro Catan’s unfinished opera Meet John Doe, (based on Frank Capra’s 1941 film) in co-operation with Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Conservatory (under the auspices of their Opera Fusion program), and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2012-present
Preparing and organizing the Daniel Catan’s archive, housed at the Harry Ransom Collection Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2011-present
Pre-opera lectures on Maestro Catan’s operas in the following venues: Teatro Real de Madrid, Theatre Chatelet (Paris), Dorothy Chandler Pavillon for Los Angeles Opera, University of Houston, Philadelphia City Opera, Broad Theatre of Los Angeles. 2011-present
Opera lecture, life and composing process of the opera Salsipuedes, by Maestro Daniel Catán, for music students at University of Houston. 2012
Opera Master class, Il Postino Opera. Mannes school of Music, NY. 2014
Opera lecture about life and composing process of the opera Florencia en el Amazonas by Maestro Daniel Catán, for music students at Boston University. 2014.

TEACHING

Los Angeles Opera’s Resident Teaching Artist for the educational program Voices of Tolerance, 2012-present
College of the Canyons, Adjunct Professor for Music Appreciation, 2011-present
Claremont Community School of Music, harp teacher, 2003-present
National Conservatory of Music of Mexico, harp professor, 1994 to 2001.

PERFORMANCES 1: ORCHESTRAL POSITIONS

Filarmónica de Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico. Principal Harp Chair, 1990-1992
Orquesta Ciudad de Málaga, Spain. Principal Harp Chair, 1992-1993
Orquesta Carlos Chávez, Mexico City. Principal Harp Chair, 1994-1999
Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, Mexico City. Pricipal Harp, Chair, 1995-2001
Orquesta del Teatro de Bellas Artes (Mexica City’s opera orchestra). Principal Harp Chair, 1999-2001
Freelance orchestras: Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Pasadena Pops, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Riverside Orchestra, Burbank Orchestra, Antelope Valley Orchestra, Orquesta de Baja California. 2001-present.

PERFORMANCES 2: CHAMBER MUSIC

Gotham Opera (New York), Cuarteto Latinoamericano (Mexico City), Jupiter Quartet (Spain), Southwest Chamber (Los Angeles), Arpa y Aulos (Los Angeles), L.A. Harp Ensemble (Los Angeles).

PERFORMANCES 3: FREELANCE CONCERTS

Co-owner of Arpa y Aulos, a harp and flute duo, and Trio America Music, a harp, flute, and guitar ensemble, 2001-present.
Concerts, musical events, and community outreach programs in concert halls, museums, public libraries, and schools. Venues include: Los Angeles County of Arts, Placido Domingo Awards, Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena, California), Latin-American Museum of Art (Long Beach, California), Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles, Performing Arts Center of Santa Clarita (California), Beverly Hills Chamber Series (Beverly Hills, California).

PRODUCTION OF MUSIC PROGRAMS

“Journey Through Music”
Wrote, designed, and performed a 45-minute music assembly program for elementary, middle school, and high school students of the Los Angeles Unified School District, College of the Canyons Community Outreach Programs, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and De Camera Society Community Outreach Programs. 2003-present
“Mariposa Monarca”
Wrote, directed, and produced an musical program dedicated to the migratory journey of the Monarca mariposas from Mexico to Canada for two gala events organized by the Mexican Board of Tourism at the Four Season Hotel, Beverly Hills, and the LA Science Center, Space Shuttle Exhibit. 2013
“From Patagonia to Mexico”
Wrote, designed, and produced, a one-hour musical program with romantic songs from 1519 to 1970 and North and South America for Pasadena City College. 2011
“ Alma de Mexico”
Wrote, directed, and produced an artistic musical and video program that represented Mexico, the feature country of the year, at the 59th Annual Fundraising Ball of the LA Philharmonic International Committee. This fundraising is designed for the consul corps of the Los Angeles area. 2010
“Madonnas”
Designed and produced, together with Elizabeth Beristain, a music and photography program that represented Los Angeles at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico. 2010
“Luna de Plata”
Wrote, directed, and produced an artistic musical program comprising video, narrative, and music to celebrate Mexican romantic bolero song -writer Agustin Lara. Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles. 2009
“Por una Salud Mejor”
Designed a musical program for Hispanic Awareness Stroke Campaign and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Heart Association. 2008

MEDIA APPEARANCES

TV
USA: Univisión, Telemundo, Mundo Fox, Canal 54
Mexico: Canal 22, Canal Once
Spain: TVE
Newspaper interviews and musical reviews
USA: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, La Opinión
Mexico: Reforma, La Jornada, Excelsior, El Universal
Spain: El Pais

OTHER SKILLS AND INTERESTS

Improvising and playing music for “Pencil and String”, a cancer-patient program focused on emotional catharsis
Eastern religion and meditation
Traveling
Art exhibitions
LANGUAGES Fluent in Spanish and English; conversational Polish; passive understanding of Italian and French.

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