Guest Artists

Masterclasses and Conferences


Danielle Belen

University of Michigan

Masterclass - SA'OAXACA 2020

Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor, Danielle Belen is already making a name for herself as a seasoned pedagogue with a strong studio of young artists. As part of the violin faculty at The Colburn School in Los Angeles, California, her students have won major prizes in national and international competitions including the Menuhin, Stulberg and Klein competitions, as well as being accepted into major conservatories and universities across the country. Winner of the 2008 Sphinx Competition, Ms. Belen has appeared as a soloist with major symphonies across the U.S., including the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Nashville and San Francisco Symphonies, the Boston Pops, and the Florida and Cleveland Orchestras.  In 2010, Ms. Belen founded Center Stage Strings, a summer camp and performance festival for gifted young musicians in California. After gaining national attention, CSS has since moved to the campus of The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It In 2015, Ms Belen received a Sphinx Medal of Excellence, awarding her a $50,000 career grant and the opportunity to perform at the U.S. Supreme Court. She then used that prize money to jumpstart a successful matching campaign for Center Stage Strings later that year, resulting in over $100,000 towards scholarships. Ms. Belen plays on a violin made in Mantua, Italy by Stefano Scarampella.

David Bowlin

Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Masterclass - SA'OAXACA 2020

David Bowlin has led a wide-ranging career as a soloist and chamber musician, garnering critical acclaim for his performances of a broad repertory.  First prize winner of the 2003 Washington International Competition, Bowlin has appeared as soloist with ensembles across the U.S. and abroad, most recently at the Aspen Music Festival, with the Arktisk Sinfonietta, and with the La Jolla Symphony. Among his dozens of premieres are violin concerti written for him and performed at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.  Bowlin is a founding member of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble, Musical America’s 2014 Ensemble of the Year, and a former member of the Naumburg award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players.  

Bowlin has been a guest artist or faculty member with many organizations including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and many others.  Bowlin is on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he also serves as Chair of the string department.

Lázaro Jascha González Muñoz

Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa

Conference speaker - SA'OAXACA 2020

Originally from Oaxaca and a graduate of the Facultad de Música de la Universidad Veracruzana, Jascha has performed a number of solo concerti including Sibelius, Prokofiev, Glazunov, and Barber, among others. He has soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Orquesta Sinfónica de Cámara de la Escuela de Bellas artes de Oaxaca, Orquesta de Cámara de Xalapa, as well as given recitales in Salem (U.S.A), Rio de Janeira (Brasil), Sarajevo (Bosnia), and various performance halls in Mexico. In 2003 he placed first in the Concurso Nacional de Violín “Hermilio Novelo”. In 2008 he was also a participant in the Concurso Internacional de Violín “Henryk Szeryng” in Toluca. He has been a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa for the past 14 years and has also led the symphony as honorary concertmaster.

Caroline Coade

University of Michigan

Masterclass - SA'OAXACA 2020

Violist Caroline Coade enjoys a diversified career in the world of music. Ms. Coade is 3rd chair violist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. From 2013-2016, she served as the assistant principal violist. Concurrently, Caroline is an assistant professor of viola at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. As part of her advocacy of the next generation of violists, Ms. Coade was a member of the judging panel of the prestigious Primrose International Viola Competition in both June 2014 and June 2018. Since 2017, Ms. Coade has been the Artistic Director for WRCJ 90.9FM's Classical Brunch chamber music series at the Community House in Birmingham, MI. Ms. Coade received her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, has an Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. She plays on a Domenico Busan viola c. 1750 on loan from the private collection of Sarah and Peter Mandell of Southern California.

Dr. Kathryn Steely

lBaylor University

Masterclass - SA'OAXACA 2020

Kathryn Schmidt Steely is Professor of Viola at Baylor University and received the 2007 Outstanding Professor Award for Teaching. She is an avid chamber musician and has performed at several International Viola Congresses, 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition and Festival, the 2014 National College Music Society Convention, and several National Flute Conventions. A former core member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Wichita Symphony, and served as principal viola for the Rockford and Waco Symphonies. She has presented master classes across the country and is a founding faculty member of Credo Chamber Music festival. Currently president of the American Viola Society, Steely has also served as editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society and as AVS webmaster. Steely’s MSR Classics disk of the Flackton Viola Sonatas was reviewed by Fanfare as “a delight." She received degrees from Bethel College (BA), the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM), and Northwestern University (DM). Major teachers include Heidi Castleman, Donald McInnes, Lynne Ramsey, and Peter Slowik.

Horacio Contreras
Music Institute of Chicago
Masterclass - Cello

A product of Venezuelan El Sistema, cellist Horacio Contreras has been praised for his “expressive playing” and his “phenomenal work” ( and is currently considered “one of the best Venezuelan cellists of his generation” (El Universal, Caracas). Horacio has appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras including Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra, Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy Chamber Orchestra, Municipal Orchestra of Caracas, Virtuosi of Caracas, EAFIT University Orchestra in Medellín, the Camerata de France, and Simón Bolivar Symphony. Horacio is a member of the faculty of Lawrence University and the Music Institute of Chicago, and a former faculty member of the University of Michigan’s String Preparatory Academy, the Universidad de Los Andes (Venezuela) and El Sistema’s Latin American Cello Academy (Venezuela). He has presented master classes at institutions including Juilliard, Michigan, Oberlin, Bloomington, and top programs in South America. His artist faculty appointments have included Center Stage Strings (University of Michigan), Bravo! Summer Music Academy, and the Aruba Symphony Festival, among many others.

Juan Trigos

Composer and Orchestral Director

Conference speaker - SA'OAXACA 2020

Creator of the concept Abstract Folklore. Among his most significant compositions include five Operas, four Symphonies, three Cantatas, Concertos for several instruments, diverse chamber music and for solo instruments. His music has been performed in many cities and countries in Europe, America (North, Central and South) and Japan. As a conductor he has specialized in XX Century and Contemporary music. He has commissioned, premiered, promoted, and recorded an extensive catalogue of works with numerous choirs and orchestras around the world. Currently he is Music Director and Principal Conductor of Sinfonietta MIQ. He was also Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Oaxaca and Guanajuato Symphonies, Orquesta de Cámara del INBA and Principal Conductor of the Eastman BroadBand Ensemble. His last two monographic CDs are dedicated to his symphonic music (iTinerant 2015 and 2016). Including three of his Concertos (clarinet, four guitars and piccolo), Symphony no. 4 Nezahualcoyotl Icuicahan (Chants of Nezahuacoyotl) and the Ballet Sansón (suite). His experience as a composition teacher includes acting as assistant to Franco Donatoni. As a highly distinguished composer, he has been invited by the Eastman School of Music as the Howard Hanson Visiting Professor 2017. Currently he is a member of Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (Mexico).


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