Faculty

Aaron Merritt

Lower Strings Coach     Praised by the Miami Herald for his “eloquent” and “cathartic” playing, Aaron Merritt enjoys a varied career of teaching and performing.  He currently performs with Miami’s Nu-Deco Ensemble, the Palm Beach Opera, and the Naples Philharmonic. He was a fellow with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas and …

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Donald Mills

Florida City Elementary   Donald Mills has been a Miami Dade County Public School Teacher for 28 years. Mr. Mills graduated from Miami Southridge Senior High where he was the Silver Knight nominee in Music. After High School Mr. Mills went on to F.I.U. where he studied with Arturo Sandoval and received a Bachelor’s Degree …

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Martha De La Cruz

Somerset Literacy Teacher   I am a mother of four kids, three girls and one boy of the ages of seven, five, three, and one. I love spending time with them, playing and learning from them. My inspiration to teach began at a young age. I constantly knew that teaching would be my future career. …

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Brandon Dye

Strings Orchestra Conductor & Riviera MYami Strings Brandon Dye is a graduate of The University of Tampa where he graduated with his BM in Music Education. While he attended UT, he was the concertmaster of the UT Symphony and String Orchestra, the assistant conductor of the University Chorus, a member of Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, …

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Liliana Garcia

Bookkeeper Liliana Garcia, originally from Colombia; has been working in finance for almost 30 years. She has a degree in Computers from Cedesistemas Technical Institute in Medellin, Colombia. She joined this fabulous family because of her deep desire to serve the community. She is excited to work with talented children and be a part of …

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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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