Classical Tahoe Academy Fellows


In partnership with Sphinx Organization, Classical Tahoe welcomes eleven Black and Latinx musicians to be in residence as the inaugural Fellows of the Classical Tahoe Academy for the entire three-week Festival to rehearse and perform with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra and take part in a customized experience of mentoring, networking, and audition preparation.

These musicians were finalists in the Sphinx Orchestra Partners’ Excerpt Competition (SOPA). Academy Fellows are professional-level musicians currently auditioning for top-tier orchestras. The ultimate goal of the initiative is job placement for musicians of color in American orchestras.  Learn more about the Classical Tahoe Academy here. 

The Academy Fellows will perform in three concerts with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra, and will be featured in two chamber music concerts: the 10th Anniversary Celebration concert on August 10th, and with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet for jazz-classical fusion at the Summer Gala on August 15th. All orchestra concerts featuring Fellows will be live streamed from the Classical Tahoe website. Click here for more information. 

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

The Academy is made possible by FS Foundation, Leslie Wittmann & Michael Blaszyk, and Sphinx Organization.