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, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, East Texas Symphony Orchestra 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 Marina Dichenko studied in Kharkov, Ukraine, at Central Music School. She continued her studies at Gnessin’s Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia. In 2014 she graduated Artist Diploma program at TCU School of Music.
As a soloist and member of chamber groups she travelled and performed in Ukraine, Russia, Belgium, Japan, United States of America. She has her recordings with Naxos and other recording companies. Marina got prizes at different competitions, such as a Chamber music competition in Donetsk , Ukraine, Sergey Taneev's International Competition of Chamber music in Kaluga, Russia. Participated in different festivals, among them Piano Texas International Festival.
She is proud to be a member of local orchestras. Marina is playing with Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra since 2012, she is a concertmaster of McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra.
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 studied violin and viola performance at the Esther Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia and later received his B.S. in Professional Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Having performed with orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, he spent two summers with the Curtis Symphony in residence at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and later toured six European countries for the Anne-Sophie Mutter/Andre Previn debut of Penderecki’s second Violin Concerto.
Juan joined the U.S. Air Force in 2001 and served as an Air Traffic Controller in New Jersey and Iraq, a profession he now continues with the FAA in Fort Worth. An avid aviation enthusiast, he is an active flight instructor and corporate pilot in the North Texas region.
Juan is a devoted promoter of music, the arts, and aviation, and he appears frequently with the Dallas Chamber Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, and Fort Smith Symphony.