Faculty

Alicia Bustamante

Interim Strings Conductor   A third-generation music teacher and performer, Miami native Alicia Bustamante is proud to continue spreading the love of music to both her students and audiences. With over 15 years of experience, Alicia enjoys blending multi-genre influences into her violin performances. She adapts to various styles when taking part in musical projects, …

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Katie Martinez

Homestead Coordinator / Artistic Team   After moving from Venezuela at the age of 8, Michelle Moya started her music studies in the school choir. In middle school she began to take music more seriously when she picked up the cello. Michelle continued her studies by joining the Orchestra magnet at South Miami Senior High …

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Michelle Moya

MDC Assistant / Librarian   After moving from Venezuela at the age of 8, Michelle Moya started her music studies in the school choir. In middle school she began to take music more seriously when she picked up the cello. Michelle continued her studies by joining the Orchestra magnet at South Miami Senior High School …

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Maya Fisher

Data Manager   Maya Fisher was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. Maya has been playing clarinet for 10 years and has graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet performance from the George Mason University in 2020. Throughout her studies at George Mason University, she has participated in large ensembles such as the …

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Carol Naveira-Nicholson

Bookkeeper / Artistic Team   Carol has maintained a dual career in music (professional musician, flute teacher/ clinician, woodwind coach) and office operations. Orchestral experience includes principal flutist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (since 1994), freelance work with such orchestras as Miami City Ballet, Central Florida Lyric Opera and Boca Pops, and the Alhambra Orchestra …

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Jarelys Zamora

MDC Coordinator   Jarelys was born and raised in Miami, FL. She started playing the violin at the age of eight years old and has played the violin ever since somehow. She graduated from South Miami Senior High School in the class of 2017 and started working with a non-profit organization Greater Miami Youth Symphony …

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Michelle Sanchez

Marketing and Operations Coordinator   A native of Miami, Michelle Sanchez began studying viola at age nine. Ms. Sanchez started pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance in 2009 under the tutelage of Michael Klotz. Throughout her college career, Ms Sanchez has had the opportunity to play for many renowned conductors such as David Effron, …

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Jessica Munch-Dittmar

Executive Director   Jessica has over 10 years of arts nonprofit and arts education experience.  In her previous roles she served as Education and Community Engagement Director for two professional orchestras including the Winston-Salem Symphony in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in Orlando, Florida where she was responsible for the organization, implementation, …

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Lucas Sanchez

Percussion Coach   Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico,Lucas Sanchez enjoys a multi-faceted career as a timpanist, percussionist, and teacher. Mr. Sanchez currently performs with the Palm Beach Symphony under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, the Florida Grand Opera, the Nu Deco Ensemble, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra; in the past he has appeared with the …

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Marie Burges Escobar

MYami Band Conductor   Mrs. Marie Escobar is a native of Waynesboro, MS. During her high school years she was a member of the All-District Band, 4 years, and All-State Band, 1 year, as a Trumpet player, and also earned Superior at all Solo & Ensemble Competitions 7th -12th Grade. Mrs. Escobar then attended Jones …

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