Preparatory School Faculty

Symphonic Strings Faculty

Rosa María Sierra González (Suzuki viola and violin)
– Coordinator of the Symphonic Strings area
and director of the elementary orchestra of the EP
Rosa María Sierra González

Professor Sierra has been part of the Preparatory School faculty since 2010 offering viola and violin classes. Additionally, she is the director of the Elementary String Orchestra. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Viola Performance and a Master's Degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. On the other hand, he acquired the Suzuki Method certification.
Rosa is the creator of Cantarines, a musical program for infants and children. Additionally, she is executive director of the non-profit Foundation, Festival Cellistiko PR INC. On the other hand, in 2017, together with 27 participating students from the Elementary School Orchestra, they won first place in the “Orlando Heritage Festival the WoldStrides on Stages”.

Rosa's favorite composers:
JS Bach, L. van Beethoven, B. Bartok, H. Villalobos, R. Clarke, R. Hernández, P. Flores, T. Curet, among others.

Jesus Rodriguez – violin and Suzuki fiddle

Francisco Figueroa Luciano – EP intermediate orchestra director

Ramonita Leandry – violin and Suzuki fiddle

Enid Leandry – violin and Suzuki fiddle

Lourdes Negron – violin and viola

Gretchen O'Mahoney – violin and Suzuki fiddle

Veronica Quevedo -violin, Suzuki violin and Suzuki area coordinator

John Rivera - double bass

Reinaldo Robles - Double bass

Gisela Rosa – Suzuki cello and cello

Francisco Cabán - fiddle

Stephanie Berrios – violin and Suzuki fiddle

Brian Santiago – violin and Suzuki fiddle

Brenda Tirado – Suzuki cello and cello

Magda Torres – Suzuki cello and cello

Mayra Urdaz – violin and Suzuki fiddle

Alexis Velazquez – violin, director of the EP Advanced Orchestra

Magda Torres Pérez – cello
Magda Torres Pérez
Magda began teaching classes at the Preparatory School since 2020. Offering Kindermusik, traditional Cello and Suzuki Method classes. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education with a concentration in Cello from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and a Master's Degree in Education from Cambridge College. On the other hand, he has Certifications in Kindermusik, Suzuki in Cello and Kodaly. Additionally, she has been a teacher in the Puerto Rico Department of Education for 27 years.

piano faculty

Diana Figueroa (piano)- Piano area coordinator

Kirine Baez – Suzuki piano

Angel Carrion – piano, Suzuki piano

Roselsy Fernandez – piano and accompanying pianist

Diana Figueroa Brañuelas – piano and Suzuki piano
Professor Figueroa Brañuelas has been an outstanding Piano teacher at the Elementary and Pre-University Levels of the Preparatory School for more than 20 years. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Piano from Peabody Institute University and a Master's Degree from Cambridge College. In addition, he has the Suzuki Method Piano Certification and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association.
Diana is a Piano teacher at the Ernesto Ramos Antonini Free School of Music and at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. In addition, he is a pianist of the Sanromá Trio and a member of the Gil-Figueroa Piano Duo. On the other hand, he won the First Prize in the Jesús María Sanromá Piano Competition in 1980.
She has participated as a pianist in the Casals Festival, the Inter-American Festival of the Arts, Pro-Arte Musical, the Inaugural Concert Series of the Fine Arts Center in Santurce and the Jesús María Sanromá Hall of the Bertita and Guillermo Martinez Theater of the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico. And he has participated in the recordings of compact discs such as: Art Song for Children and Adults with a Child's Heart with the mezzo soprano Ilca López, El Paisaje y Su Sombra: Puerto Rican Art Song with Ilca López, Caribe Clarinete with the clarinetist Kathleen Jones and Contemporary Puerto Rican Works with Camerata Caribe.

Liza Freire – Suzuki piano

Maria del Carmen Gil – piano

Evelyn Melendez – piano

Mercedes Mercado – piano

Jorge Ramos - Accompanying pianist

Michelle Reversat – piano and accompanying pianist

Alondra Rivera – Suzuki piano

Rafael Rodriguez – piano and accompanying pianist

Joshua Gonzalez – piano

Kevin Vazquez – piano

Tatiana Velez – piano and Suzuki piano

Javier Verardi – piano

Evelyn Melendez Dohnert – piano
Evelyn has excelled as a piano teacher at the Preparatory School since 1996. She has a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Piano from the “New England Conservatory” and a Master of Music with a Concentration in Piano from Indiana University.
She has offered classes at the University of Indiana, Elementary School of the University of Puerto Rico, Leonardo Egúrbida Music Academy, among other places. In addition, he has been an accompanying pianist for Ballet and Szuzuki method schools. On the other hand, he has presented Piano recitals at the Ateneo Puertorriqueño, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Boston, Indiana, among others.
Evelyn's Favorite Composers:
Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, among others.

Javier Verardi Matos -piano
Javier Verardi Matos

Professor Verardi has been offering the Fundamentals of Music and Piano Courses in the Pre-university Program at the CMPR Preparatory School since 2017. He began his piano studies as a child, with Professor Luz N. Hutchinson being one of his teachers. He studied in the then CMPR Children's Strings Program until he finished high school. Graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Mayagüez University Campus in 1997. In 2000 he entered the Piano Department of the CMPR under the tutelage of Cecilia Talavera. He was the winner of the interdepartmental piano competition, which earned him the opportunity to play Mozart's Concerto in A Major K.414, with the CMPR Symphony Orchestra in 2002. He graduated First Average of the Graduating Class of 2005. In addition, He was an accompanying pianist for the UPR Lyric Theater choir. He has participated in multiple recitals including the Multipiano Fest.

Faculty of plucked strings

Ruben Santiago (Classical and electric guitar)
– Coordinator of the Plucked Strings area

Ileana Colon Oliveras - harp

Luis Enrique Juliá - guitar

Orlando Laureano – four Puerto Rican

Gil Bryan Morales – four Puerto Rican

Edel Muñoz - classic guitar

Angel of the River - classic guitar

Adamarys Quiles Vélez – Suzuki guitar
Professor Quiles Vélez has been teaching Suzuki guitar classes at the Preparatory School since 2013. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Music with a Concentration in Guitar Performance. He is currently studying a Master's Degree in Music Therapy at the University of La Rioja. In addition, it has Suzuki Certifications for Guitar.
She has Certifications in Musical Awakening at the Infant and Preschool Levels and has been a Musical Awakening Mentor and Trainer since 2014. On the other hand, she is a Suzuki Guitar teacher at the Puerto Rican School for Music since 2011.

Ernesto Ramos – classical and electric guitar

Enrique Alvarez - electric guitar

John Rivera - electric bass

Reinaldo Robles - electric bass

Gian Carlo Rodríguez Cumba – classical and Suzuki guitar
Rodríguez Cumba has been a Guitar teacher at the Preparatory School since 2019. He has a Bachelor's Degree in General Musical Education from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and has a Suzuki Method Certification in Guitar.
He is part of the teaching profession at the Puerto Rico Department of Education and is also a guitar teacher in the 100×35 Music Program. In addition, he is the founder of the musical group Ordinarios and is a music producer for different talents from various musical genres. He has performed at the Cardinal Festival, the Claridad Festival, among others.
Composers and Favorite Works of Gian Carlo:
Some of his favorite composers are: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Bill Evans, Sergio Assad, JS Bach, King Krule, Luis Alberto Spinnetta, Phoenix, Thundercat, Jorge Drexler, Brakence, Sen Senra, Bandalos Chinos, The Marias , Alizzz, Still Woozy, among others.

Hector Vazquez – classical, electric and Suzuki guitar
Héctor Vázquez
Since 2016, Héctor has been a Guitar Teacher and director of the Guitar Ensemble at the Preparatory School. He has a Bachelor of Arts-Performance in Classical Guitar from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition, he has a master's degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, is a Certified Suzuki Guitar teacher and is a Master of the Austin Guitar Curriculum.

Héctor is also active in the music scene in Puerto Rico, performing as a soloist at various events around the island. He has placed as a finalist and semi-finalist in prestigious guitar competitions such as: “Memphis Guitar Competition”, “Wilson Center Guitar Competition”, “Columbus Guitar Competition”. He has played in various places within Puerto Rico, Spain and several states in the US, such as: Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida, New York, Tennessee among others. On the other hand, he has had the opportunity to study with renowned guitarists such as: Manuel Barrueco, Alvaro Pierri, Scott Tennant, Judicael Perroy, Pablo Garibay, Jorge Caballero, Xu-Fei Yang, Rovshan Mamedkuliev, Jeffrey McFadden, Dale Kavanagh, among others.

Héctor's Favorite Composers and Works:
Chaconna in D Minor BWV 1004 by JS Bach, Sueño en la Floresta by Agustín Barrios Mangoré, Concerto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo, For the Love of God by Steve Vai, Windows to the Soul by Steve Vai, Scarified by Racer X, among others .

Enrique Alvarez Negron – classical, electric and Suzuki guitar
Enrique Álvarez Negrón

Enrique has been part of the faculty of the Preparatory School since 2023. He has stood out as a teacher of Classical Guitar and Electric Guitar. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, obtaining the Jerry Caudill Scholarship.
He worked as musical director of the Tuna los Bardos of the UPR, is a founding member of the progressive rock band Los Olmos and is part of the Orfeón San Juan Bautista Choir, standing out in the bass section. Additionally, he works as a recording engineer and is currently producing for the rock band Zarandajo.

Faculty of winds and percussion

Franchesca I. Ortiz (classical percussion)
– Coordinator of the Wind and Percussion area

Melkys Acosta – trumpet

Haydeé Benjamín – Suzuki flute

Julio Carrión– saxophone

Jose Colon - trunk

Wilfredo Correa– saxophone

Angel Cuyar saxophone and flute
Ángel Cuyar
Professor Cuyar began teaching classes at the Preparatory School in 2022, as a teacher of Fundamentals of Music and an instrument of both Flute, Saxophone and Clarinet. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance and Caribbean Music on Saxophone from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.

Ángel is a member of the State Concert Band of Puerto Rico and is part of groups such as Los Violines de Marquito and “The Classcis”, among others. In addition, he has distinguished himself as an arranger and copyist for “Big Band” music projects and small groups.

Composers and Favorite Works of Ángel:
As composers his favorites are: Stan Kenton, Gunther Schuller, Gordon Goodwind, Maria Schnider Bela Bartok, Hector Berlioz, Sylvia Rexach. Favorite works: “Send in the Clowns”, “Symphony Fantastique”, “Matiz de Amor”, “Hunting Wabbits”.

Jeren L. Guzman – latin percussion

Jorge Morales Quiñones –latin percussion
Since 2018, Jorge has been a percussion teacher, both Latin and Orchestral, he also teaches Fundamentals of Music classes at the Preparatory School and directs the St. John School Band (a collaborative project between the school and the Preparatory School). Jorge has a bachelor's degree in Orchestral Percussion Instrument Performance from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.
He has been a member of the Brenda Hopkins Quartet, William Cepeda Afro-Rican Jazz Ensemble, Fusión Jonda, Banda Municipal de Bayamón and collaborated as an additional musician with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Dew of the Sea Portes – oboe

Joshua Pantoja - trunk

Julio Pena -trombone

Nathalia Pérez – Suzuki flute and flute

Genesio Riboldi – clarinet

Jose Javier Santiago – classical drums and percussion
José has been a Drum and Percussion teacher at the Preparatory School since 2015. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance with a Concentration in Percussion from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. In addition, he has a Master's degree from the University of Miami.
This has been performed in such distinguished venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Grand Ole Opry and Rayman Auditorium, both in Tennessee, among other theaters in the United States. He has been a professor at different entities such as the Inter-American University of San German, “Fine Arts Summer Academy” in North Carolina and Tennessee. On the other hand, he has also belonged to the following groups: Latin Continental Singers and Orchestra, TRUTH, Annie Moses Band, among others. And he is an endorsed artist of the “Innovative Percussion” and “Logo Custom Drums” brands.

Diana Valdes– drums and classical percussion, director of EP percussion ensembles
Diana Valdés
Diana is a teacher of Percussion, Drums and director of the Percussion Ensemble at the Preparatory School since 1990. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Performance with a concentration in Orchestral Percussion from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and a Master's Degree in Percussion from Indiana University. Bloomington.

She was a Percussion Professor at the Inter-American University of San Germán where she received a distinction as Outstanding Professor in 1995. She is currently a percussion professor at the Ernesto Ramos Antonini Free School of Music of the Department of Education of Puerto Rico. He has been a member of different groups such as Conjunto Fiesta under the direction of Juan Correo -Lago and the State Band of Puerto Rico under the direction of Lito Peña.

Diana's Favorite Composers and Works are:
Rafael Hernández (El Cumbanchero), Pedro Flores, Lito Peña (his arrangements), Sylvia Rexach (Caravan of Memories), Nathan Daughtrey (Lost Souls for Percussion Ensemble), Michel Camilo (On Fire), among others.

Jorge Luis Morales Quiñones – percussion
Jorge Luis Morales Quiñones
Since 2018, Jorge has been a percussion teacher, both Latin and Orchestral, he also teaches Fundamentals of Music classes at the Preparatory School and directs the St. John School Band (a collaborative project between the school and the Preparatory School). Jorge has a bachelor's degree in Orchestral Percussion Instrument Performance from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.
In addition to being a teacher, he has stood out as a percussionist and has been a member of different groups such as the Brenda Hopkins Quartet, William Cepeda Afro-Rican Jazz Ensemble, Fusión Jonda, Banda Municipal de Bayamón and collaborated as an additional musician with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, among others. others.

Evelyn Suro Negron – winds and percussion
Evelyn Suro Negrón
Evelyn has been part of the Preparatory School faculty since August 2023 and offers Fundamentals of Music and Trumpet classes. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Musical Education with a concentration in Trumpet from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.
As a freelance trumpeter he has worked with different groups and artists such as Luis Perico Ortiz, William Cepeda, Los Tres Pianistas, Julio César Sanabria, Ramón Vázquez, Millo Torres, Black Guayaba, Skaranoia, Banda Hola Dame, Luisga Núñez, among others.
In her role as an educator, she stands out as a Monitor in the San Juan center and a Teacher in the Cataño center in the 100×35 Music Program. On the other hand, he has certifications in Orff and Dalcroze musical teaching methods.

Faculty of Music Fundamentals

Nathalia Pérez– Music Fundamentals Coordinator

Heidi Acevedo

Jeren L. Guzman

Nubia M. García-Meléndez
Professor García-Meléndez has been teaching Fundamentals of Music classes in the Primary Age Program at the Preparatory School since January 2023. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Music and Modern Languages from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. In addition, he has a Master's degree from the International University of La Rioja.
Nubia is a member of groups such as Balún Band, Gruop Ausuba, LuisgA Núñez y la Sonoridad, Barrileras del 8 de Marzo, among others. In addition, he has been part of the Faculty of the Jan Juan Children's Choir.
Jorge Luis Morales

Nathalia Pérez

Julio Pena

Dew of the Sea Portes

Veronica Quevedo

Velmary Trinidad

Belen Santos
Belén, is part of the faculty that offers the Early Age Program classes, precisely the Musical Awakening and Musical Child classes, all of this since 2019. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and other certifications such as Musical Awakening, Introduction to Orff. In addition, she currently stands out as Coordinator in the Musical Awakening Program.

Odra Velez
Odra is part of the faculty that offers the Fundamentals of Music courses and has been doing so since 1998. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Education from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and a Master's Degree in Special Education from Cambridge College.

Professor Velez-Chetrangolo is part of the Department of Education of Puerto Rico, where she has worked as a teacher since 1998. In addition, she has worked as a choralist in different choral institutions such as Ars Vocalis, Camerata Coral, Ensamble Aponwao, among others.

Odra's Favorite Composers and Works:
He loves the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and musical genres such as Opera and Zarzuela.

Javier Verardi

Faculty of singing and dancing

Marcelino Alcala – Coordinator of the Dance and Musical Theater area

Kimberly Garcia – Singing area coordinator

Marcelino Alcala– dance and Musical Theater

Sylvia Aponte

Jaylinn Casiano

Jo-Anne Herrero – Director of the Elementary and Youth Choirs

Kimberly Garcia

Carlos Ortiz
Carlos Ortiz
Carlos has been a Popular and Classical Singing teacher at the Preparatory School since January 2023. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Singing Performance (Tenor) from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and also has a Master's Degree from the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu de Barcelona.

In his short career, he has played roles such as: Jenik from The Sold Bride (B. Smetana), Schmidt from Werther (J. Massenet), the title role in Thamos (WA Mozart), and also gave life to the role of Tamino from The Magic Flute (WA Mozart), which he has performed at the CMPR, the New York Lyric Opera and the Palau de la Música Catalana. In 2020 he played the role of Gastone in the production of Traviata (G. Verdi) with Amics de L'Ópera de Sabadell, with whom he also plays the role of Malcolm in the Opera Macbeth (G. Verdi).

In 2021 he debuts as Tenor Soloist of WA Mozart's Requiem, at the Palau de la Música Catalana and Casa de la Cultura Auditorium in Almuñécar. In 2021, he also participates with the Barcelona Chamber Opera in La Ópera de 4 Notas, by Tom Johnson, produced by Paco Mir. In 2022 he participated in Mozart's Requiem with the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, around Barcelona, including at La Sagrada Familia as part of the Inaugural Concert of Holy Week 2022.

Composers and Favorite Works of Carlos:
The Requiem by WA Mozart and The Magic Flute by WA Mozart.

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Luz Santana

Nicole Sepulveda

Sylvia Aponte Rivera
Sylvia Aponte Rivera

Graduated first average of Baccalaureate in Modern Languages from the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in 2001. The same year she entered the Department of Singing at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico (CMPR) under the tutelage of Zoraida López and finishes the degree with soprano Elizabeth Pacheco Rose. During his bachelor's degree in music he receives classes and is part of the baritone Justino Díaz's seminar. In 2003, as part of the Centennial celebration of the University of Puerto Rico, she was invited to sing a recital at the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation. She obtained her Baccalaureate degree, graduating Second Average in the Class of 2005, being the first blind person to graduate from said institution. In 2005 he entered the University of South Carolina with Dr. Tina Milhorn Stallard, completing his master's degree in music in 2007. At that institution he starred in the opera L'Italiana in Algeri by Rossini and Le docteur Miracle by Bizet. He has also performed with figures such as the harpist Lizary Rodríguez and the pianist and composer Víctor Meléndez Donhërt. He has participated in several concert tours with Pro-Arte Lírico. She has been a singing teacher at the Preparatory School of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music since 2007. On the other hand, in 2019 she obtained a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the English Department of the UPR.

Basic training faculty

Xaymara Guzman– Early Training Coordinator

Heidi Acevedo

Yeliza Alemán

Xaymara Guzman

Belen Santos

Magda Torres

Faculty group courses

Elizabeth Berrios – Lyrical Singing Seminar

Jaylinn Casiano – Popular Singing Seminar

Nancy Millan – Performance Seminar

Rosa Sierra –Elementary Orchestra

Shary Luciano – Elementary and Intermediate Orchestra assistant

Francisco Figueroa –Intermediate Orchestra

Alexis Velazquez –Advanced Orchestra

Nelson Corchado – Concert Band

Julio Carrión – Concert Band assistant

Jo-Anne Herrero–Elementary Choir and Youth Choir

Angel Del Rio –Guitar orchestra

Hector Vazquez – Guitar ensemble

Ruben Santiago – Rondalla

Nathalia Pérez– Flute ensemble

Angel D. Mattos– Big Band, Jazz Ensemble

Orlando Laureano – The peasant music of Puerto Rico: Seises, bonuses and other genres

Joshua Pantoja– Improvisation, French Horn Seminar

Kimberly Garcia – Singing Seminar – Musical Theater Repertoire

Diana Figueroa – Pre-University Piano Seminar

Jose J. Santiago– Battery Seminar

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