VIOLIST/VIOLINIST Marcela Chavarria hold music degrees from the University of Costa Rica, Conservatorio de las Rosas in Mexico and from the Hogeschool Zuyd Conservatorium in Holland. Marcela has participated in chamber music recitals, symphonic concerts and music festivals in France, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Mexico, and Costa Rica. She has been a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Chamber Orchestra of the University of Michoacan, Co-principal of the Michoacan Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Mineria in Mexico City, and many others.
CELLIST Drew Johnson has played professionally with the Las Colinas Symphony since 2002. He is also a founding member of the 440 Alliance, and performs and records with many local bands. As well as performing, Mr. Johnson teaches a full award-winning private studio in Arlington where he resides. Mr. Johnson has studied chamber music throughout his life at many festivals and schools, including the Chamber Music Festival of Nebraska, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Heifitz Institute, and the Credomatic Music Festival in Costa Rica. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington.
VIOLINIST/VIOLIST Glori Vela received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in Music Performance and a Master's Degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University. Ms. Vela has played numerously with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony, East Texas Symphony, and Wichita Falls Symphony. In 2001, Ms. Vela toured with operatic singer Andrea Bocelli along the East Coast of the United States playing in Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston and served as principal in orchestras in Atlantic City and Worchester, Massachusetts. Ms. Vela has attended multiple Music Festivals in Texas, Maryland and New Hampshire, Mexico and Canada.
VIOLINIST/VIOLIST Juan Flores started his music studies in Puerto Rico, and then studied violin and viola performance at the Esther Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia. He later received his B.S. in Professional Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has played with orchestras all over in U.S,, Puerto Rico and Europe. He spent two summers with the Curtis Symphony in residence at the Verbier Festival, later touring six European countries for the Anne-Sophie Mutter/Andre Previn debut of Penderecki’s second Violin Concerto in 1998.
Juan enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2001, and he served as an Air Traffic Controller in New Jersey and Iraq, a profession he has continued since then. An avid aviation enthusiast, he is an active flight instructor in the North Texas region.
Juan is a devoted promoter of music, the arts, and aviation within the DFW community where he appears frequently on the freelance circuit, notably as first violinist of the Meridian String Quartet.