III Latin American Suzuki Students’ Orchestra

American Suzuki Journal 43.4

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 43.4. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2015 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Cecilia Calvelo-Hopkins

Cecilia Calvelo-Hopkins is a Suzuki violin teacher, a SECE teacher, and a Suzuki parent. She holds music degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of Houston. She currently lives in Valencia, Spain and teaches in her studio “Clave de Sol”. Cecilia has served as violin faculty, clinician, and lecturer in several Suzuki institutes, conferences, and music festivals in the US, Spain, Mexico, and Perú and she plans to continue travelling, learning, and making music for many years to come!

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Luciana Castillo

Luciana is an active Recorder Suzuki teacher involved in organization and teaching. She started her Suzuki training in 2004 in Lima, Peru in the International Suzuki Festivals. In 2006, she participated as a member of the main staff in that festival and has helped to coordinate it since then. Luciana has been part of the organizing committee of the “Encuentros de Alumnos de América Latina” (Latin America Suzuki Orchestra). She has been a guest teacher in different regions of Peru and Brazil. As a recorder player she has been soloist three times with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Peru, has also played in different chamber groups such as “Ensemble Artifex” and “Audi Coelum” groups dedicated to the performance of repertoire from the Latin American baroque and colonial music. She holds a degree in Social Science from the PUCP (Peru) and is pursuing her recorder studies in Brazil.

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Leslie Mizrahi

Leslie Mizrahi has led the Suzuki Piano program at her school, Instituto Suzuki Vive la Musica, for nine years. In May 2020, Instituto Suzuki Vive la Musica will celebrate its tenth anniversary. Leslie began her four-year term as president of the Mexican Suzuki Association in 2017 and was the director of the 1st Suzuki Convention of the Americas, Cancun, May 2019. She has registered Suzuki Piano training up to Unit Seven, as well as SECE Stages 1, 2 and 3, as well as several practicum and enrichment courses, mostly with Caroline Fraser. Her training also includes Kodály, Orff and Dalcroze pedagogies. Her students have participated in diverse festivals and encuentros in Peru, Costa Rica, US, and Mexico; some have continued their musical studies professionally, both in the classical and popular genres. Leslie has taught piano masterclasses in several cities in Mexico and in Lima, Peru.

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