Classical Tahoe Academy: CT Fellows

Classical Tahoe welcomes seven Black and Latinx musicians as Fellows of this year’s Classical Tahoe Academy. We seek to promote diversity in American orchestras by providing the fellows the opportunity to network and perform in a high-level professional setting. These musicians come from around the world to be in residence in Incline Village as CT Fellows.

While in residence, the CT Fellows perform with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra and participate in a customized experience of mentorship, networking, and audition preparation. CT Fellows are professional-level musicians currently auditioning with top-tier orchestras. The ultimate goal of Classical Tahoe Academy is job placement for musicians of color in top American orchestras.

Fellows from the 2021 and 2022 Academies have been offered positions with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Classical Tahoe, Minnesota Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Orchestra of the Americas, and Symphoria.

Classical Tahoe is an Orchestral Partner with the Sphinx Organization. Some of this year’s CT Fellows came to our notice through their outstanding auditions in Sphinx’s orchestral competition. We thank Weston Sprott, recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Dean of the Preparatory Division at the Juilliard School, and frequent trombonist with Classical Tahoe, for facilitating this connection between organizations.

The CT Fellows will take the spotlight at the Community Concert on July 27. Come hear them in a delightful program of chamber music gems!

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Classical Tahoe Academy is made possible by Dennis and Alexandra Landis, Leslie Wittmann and Michael Blaszyk, and Beth and Scott Minick and family.

2023 CT Fellows

Diego de la Cruz Iwadare


Hometown: San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Ensembles: SFCM orchestra, fellowship SF Chamber Orchestra
Education: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Arts center of San Luis
Mentors: Simon James, Olga Goryachikh

Jennifer Redondas


Hometown: Havana, Cuba
Ensembles: SFCM Symphony Orchestra, SFCM Baroque Ensemble, Havana Lyceum Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
Education: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, New World School of the Arts
Mentors: Kay Stern, Ian Swensen, Daniel Andai, Anne Chicheportiche, Carmen Amador

Edwardo Rios


Hometown: Houston, TX
Current Ensembles/Positions/School: Principal at Abilene Philharmonic and Section at Tulsa Symphony
Ensembles: Sub Grant Park Orchestra
Education: BM University of North Texas
Mentors: Susan Dubois

Lindsey Sharpe


Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Ensembles: Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Sinfonietta
Education: University of Michigan, Rice University
Mentors: Anthony Elliott, Norman Fischer, Brant Taylor

Sebastian Brea Pérez


Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Current Ensembles/Positions/School: Freelance, Miami
Ensembles: New World Symphony, City Music Cleveland
Education: Cleveland Institute of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy
Mentors: Jessica Sindell, Mary Kay Fink, Hannah Hammel

Federico Montes


Hometown: Manizales, Colombia.
Current Ensemble: Associate Principal Trumpet at Omaha Symphony Orchestra
Ensembles: Former Second Trumpet at Miami City Ballet and Former Assistant Principal at The Florida Orchestra.
Education: University of South Florida – BM, The Juilliard School – MM, University of Miami – DMA.
Mentors: Mark Gould, Ray Maze, Jay Coble, Eric Aubier, Craig Morris.

Alex Mendoza percussion

Alex Mendoza


Hometown: Laredo, Texas
Ensembles: Dallas Symphony, Ft. Worth Symphony
Education: University of North Texas, Duquesne University
Mentors: Ed Stephan, Chris Allen, John Soroka, George Nickson

2022 CT Fellows

Julian Maddox Violin

Julian Maddox


Hometown: Minnetonka, Minnesota
Current: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Ensembles: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Canton Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Education: Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Minnesota
Mentors: Jaime Laredo, Jan Sloman, Kathleen Winkler, William Preucil, Sally O’Reilly

Sofia Schutte


Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica / San Francisco, California
Ensembles: Principal Second in Heredia Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica
Education: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Minnesota
Mentors: Simon James, Sally O’Reilly, Ivan Perez

Pedro Mendez


Hometown: Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela
Ensembles: Illinois Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Sinfonietta
Education: Roosevelt University, Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory

Clarissa Vieira


Hometown: Belém, Brazil
Ensembles: Amazon Cello Choir, Youth Orchestra Vale Music, Symphony of the Americas, South Florida Symphony, Teatro da Paz, New World Symphony
Education: Lynn University School of Music, Vale Music Institute, Federal School of Music of Pará
Mentors: David Cole

Sebastian Brea Perez


Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Current: Cleveland Institute of Music
Ensembles: New World Symphony
Education: Cleveland Institute of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy

Eduardo Sepulveda


Hometown: Antofagasta, Chile
Current: Symphoria (Syracuse, NY)
Education: The Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Olivia Hamilton


Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Ensembles: The Orchestra Now, Pittsburgh Symphony
Education: Northwestern University, University of North Texas
Mentors: Steve Cohen, Mark Nuccio, John Scott, Kimberly Cole Luevano

Fabiola Hoyo


Hometown: Miami, Florida
Education: Lynn University School of Music, Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music
Mentors: Whitney Crockett, Eric Van der Veer Varner, Omar Ascanio, Alexander Ricaurte

Nelson Yovera

French Horn

Hometown: San Felipe, Yaracuy, Venezuela
Current: Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Education: Roosevelt University

Kevin Karabell


Hometown: Miami, Florida
Current: Principal Trumpet of Jacksonville Symphony
Ensembles: Palm Beach Symphony, Florida Grand Opera
Education: Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Miami, Lynn Conservatory

Harry Gonzalez


Hometown: Southern California
Ensembles: Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Austin Symphony, Austin Opera, San Francisco Opera
Education: Rice University, San Francisco Conservatory
Mentors: Nathaniel Brickens, Allen Barnhill, Mark Lawrence, Amy Bowers, Michael Hoffman

Dana Dominguez


Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Ensembles: Bozeman Symphony Orchestra
Education: Rice University, University of Texas at Austin

2021 CT Fellows

Sabrina Bradford violin

Sabrina Bradford


Hometown: Takoma Park, MD
Current: Minnesota Orchestra
Ensembles:  Nashville Symphony, National Philharmonic
Education: Vanderbilt University, Cleveland Institute of Music

Julian Maddox Violin

Julian Maddox


Hometown: Minnetonka, MN
Current: Canton Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Firelands Symphony, New World Symphony, Columbus Opera, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestras
Education: Cleveland Institute of Music, currently pursuing Master of Music, CIM

Davis Perez Viola

Davis Perez


Hometown: Chicago, IL
Ensembles: Quad City, Madison, Northwest Indiana Symphonies
Education: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Chicago College of Performing Arts
Mentors: Catherine Carroll, Masao Kawasaki and Roger Chase

Francesca McNeeley Cello

Francesca McNeeley


Hometown: Boston, MA
Current: Collaborator and soloist, Boston (MA) area.
Ensembles: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Castle of Our Skins, New Gallery Concert Series
Education: Princeton University, Shepherd School of Music/Rice University, New England Conservatory

Christopher Johnson Bass

Christopher Johnson


Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Current:  Freelance, New York City
Ensembles: Philadelphia Orchestra (substitute), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Virtuosi, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Wordless Music Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra
Education: Bachelor of Music, New England Conservatory; Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music; 1st place, International Society of Bassist competition, Finalist, Sphinx Orchestral Partners Association’s Orchestral Competition

Devan Jaquez Flute

Devan Jaquez


Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Education: Master of Music Degree, Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles; BA, Music Performance, UCLA
Ensembles/Chamber: Colburn Chamber Music Society, Music Academy of the West
Festivals: Spoleto Festival USA, American Institute of Music, Graz Orchestra (Austria), National Repertory Orchestra (CO), soloist with the UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra.

Tamara Winston Oboe

Tamara Winston


Hometown: New York, NY
Ensembles: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Montclair Orchestra, Carnegie Hall/Ensemble Connect.
Chamber, Festivals: Ensemble Intercontemporain, Philharmonie de Paris, ConnectFive (NYC-based Woodwind quintet)

Juan Esteban Martínez Clarinet

Juan Esteban Martínez

Clarinet & Bass Clarinet

Hometown: New York, NY
Ensembles: New York String Orchestra Seminar (2 years), Symphony in C (NJ), Princeton Symphony (NJ), Westminster Opera Theater, Yale Philharmonia, National Repertory Orchestra, Orchestra of the Americas
Education: Master of Music, Yale School of Music; BA, Peabody Conservatory of Music
Mentors: David Shifrin, Anthony McGill.

Steven Palacio Bassoon

Steven Palacio


Hometown: New York, NY
Current: Freelance musician and agent in New York City
Ensembles: Georgian Bay Symphony (Canada), the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, League of Composers Orchestra
Education: Master of Music, The Juilliard School; Artist Diploma, Glenn Gould School, The Royal Conservatory of Music; Bachelor of Science, International Affairs; Bachelor of Music, The Florida State University (Honors)

Corbin Castro Horn

Corbin Castro


Hometown: Miami Beach, FL
Current: Horn Fellow – New World Symphony
Ensembles: Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Richmond Symphony. Festivals: Verbier, Tanglewood, Spoleto.
Education: Shepherd School of Music/Rice University, Manhattan School of Music

Alex Mendoza percussion

Alex Mendoza


Hometown: Austin, TX
Ensembles: Victoria Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, and Wheeling Symphony, Carnegie Hall/Ensemble Connect
Festivals: Aspen Music Festival: 2018, 2019
Education: M.M., Percussion Performance, Duquesne University (Graduate Assistant). B.M., University of North Texas, Music Education