José Iñiguez, the seventh of 11 children, grew up in the small town of Mattawa, Washington. His father, a Mexican immigrant, was the foreman at an orchard. In spite of the hard times the large family went through, traditional Mexican music was something they could all enjoy.
Through the encouragement and support of his family, Iñiguez began singing at family events at the age of 12. During his teen years, he joined middle and high-school choirs. He became interested in classical music after watching an opera performance at PBS (Public Broadcasting System). During his senior year in high school, he entered his first state vocal contest and discovered his inner drive to perform.
Jose’s father’s goal was to have educated, successful children and he insisted that they go to college. Not only did all 11 children obtained Bachelor’s degrees, but seven earned a Master’s degrees and one is now a resident Doctor by being the first to go to the Ivy League University of Dartmouth in New Hampshire.
Even though his father insisted on a practical career, José chose to study music in college. Music proved to be difficult because he did not have the music foundation afforded by private lessons.
He changed majors and obtained a degree in business. But during his four and half years at Central Washington University he studied under Vocal Professor Sydney Knesselroad Phd. Jose currently studies under Jerry Halsey from in good Voice in Seattle, WA who is retired from the Munich Opera. Jose is one of only a handful of Tenor’s in the nation to combine Opera & Mariachi bolero music in his concerts. Many have described Jose vocal range and power as spine tingling and something mesmerizing.
Iñiguez was nominated for the Governor’s Individual Heritage award for 2015 and is an award-winning 2016 Latin Music artist by Univision for his music program ENCANTO which takes place at the Benaroya Hall, the mecca for classical music in the city of Seattle. Iñiguez and the artists that perform with him at the ENCANTO concert, take the audience on a cultural journey that pairs the ethereal beauty of opera aria and classical piano with the charm of mariachi bolero. In 2017 Jose was awarded the distinguished Central Washington University Leader-under-40 Award. In 2018 José was awarded an honorary Seattle Metropolitan Latino Chamber of Commerce Leader Award and in 2019 was awarded Mid-Columbia Libraries & Tri-cities Latino Community Network Latino leader award for his work in business and his support of Education, as many of his concert proceeds have went to supporting students dreams of attending a higher education.
Through his work in in the community he established three Iniguez Family Scholarship Endowments to honor the memory of his parents, Santiago Iniguez & Guadalupe Rodriguez, at Columbia Basin College, Central Washington University, and Eastern Washington University. You can see his story on PBS as it is currently being shown through out the country.
Eddie Nicholson has established himself as a self-taught viola player with a sound that can only be described by listeners as “… low notes as rich as chocolate... legato smooth as silk.” A musician who transcends many genres, Eddie has recorded and performed with a variety of music artists and groups including; The Dead Superheroes Orchestra, Violinist Hillary Hahn, Peoria Symphony Orchestra and two-time Emmy-award winning composer/ arranger Hummie Mann.
Eddie was raised between his mother living on the south side of Chicago and his father living in Northern Virginia. Eddie started his formal music education at the age of eight on the upright double bass. By the age of twelve, Eddie taught himself the viola (amongst other stringed instruments) where he made the official switch from the double bass to the viola. Eddie had earned a full music scholarship to Northeastern Illinois University, where he studied music performance and education. After a year at the university, Eddie had given away his music scholarship to become a full-time caretaker to a very ill family member until their passing a few years later.
Eddie says, “Through tragedy, heart ache, living life by your own means, while owning your truth; can the translation of one’s art be felt.” Today, Eddie’s sound can be contributed through life experiences and collaborations with the Catalyst Collective Chicago (Dubstep music), viola mentor Patty Plombon and current music partner Jose Iñiguez.
Eddie can be seen performing alongside Jose Iñiguez of Encanto Arts as well as guest performing in and out of Seattle. Eddie currently sits on the board of directors with Encanto Arts as the Director of Musical Talent. In his free time, he enjoys performing collaborative Dubstep music with local DJ’s and other musical artists/groups in and around Washington state.
Ross began studying the violin when he was just five-years-old. His principal teachers include Lev Gurevich, a prodigy of Dmitri Shostakovich, Ayako Yonetani, a student of Dorothy DeLay, and Alvaro Gomez, a student of David Oistrakh. Ross received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida and his Master of Arts in Music in Violin Performance from the University of Central Florida, where he served as the concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra for two years. Ross has performed at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, across the United States, and throughout Central Europe. His ensemble experience includes performances with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, the Gainesville Symphony, the Ocala Symphony. As a chamber musician, Ross was the first violinist of the Park Lake String Quartet and the violist in the Le Quartet Rouge String Quartet. As an educator, Ross taught public school string orchestra in Orlando, Florida for five years and has maintained a private studio. His ensembles and private students regularly received highest ratings at evaluations and assessments and have gone on to study music and begin their own careers as professional classical musicians. Ross has been an adjudicator for several solo and ensemble festivals and for the Florida Federation of Music Clubs and was a District Chairperson for the Florida Orchestra Association. Additionally, Ross was an associate conductor with the Florida Young Artists Orchestra, a community youth orchestra program serving the Greater Orlando area.
In 2015, Ross received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and he relocated to Seattle, Washington. Ross is currently a Finance Analyst focusing on Legal Research in Taxation at Amazon, is a member of the Amazon Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Federal Way Symphony. Additionally, he is on the board of directors of the Miss Seattle Scholarship Pageant, an official preliminary in the Miss America Organization. Ross resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle with his husband and their dog and two cats.
Andrew is the composer and arranger for Encanto Arts. Andrew received his Master’s in Viola Performance from Seattle Pacific University; while there, he took many courses on education and learned how to run a music studio. He’s also interned and coached at Marrowstone-In-The-City, which is Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra’s main orchestra camp over the summer, for kids below the age of 14, and has just started music directing at Village Theatre Kidstage in Issaquah. He is currently music directing an original musical at Rose Hill Middle School.
Maija comes from Manchester, Connecticut, where she received a BS in music education and a BFA from the University of Connecticut. After graduating, Henderson developed a strong interest in early music and continued studying baroque violin with Mary Hostetler-Hoyt. She has performed early music with Arcadia Players, The Fanfare Consort, The Mostly Baroque Players, and more recently, with Musica Antiqua at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Henderson enjoys playing Irish fiddle and has placed third at the Connecticut Audubon Fiddle Festival in 2003. She has recorded with The Jovial Beggars and The Other Irish Band. She currently lives in the Wenatchee Valley, where she started the group “Kurio,” a duo focused on folk music from Ireland, England, France, Scandinavia and America. Henderson has been teaching violin and viola privately for 20 years, and is currently teaching orchestra and mariachi for the Wenatchee School District.
Caleb Tizon began violin training at the age of eleven. He has studied under teachers Ye Tao, Sarah Chung, and Dr. Meredith Arksey. Caleb has soloed with the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rainbow City Orchestra, and the Encanto Orchestra. He has participated in pit orchestras associated with the Driftwood Players and the Madrona Children's Theater multiple times since 2008. He also served as Concertmaster for the Rainbow City Orchestra from 2011 to 2015, and has been a member of the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra, and more. Caleb currently leads the B-Minor Quartet. Outside of performing, he teaches violin at 4/4 School of Music and Music & Arts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Antioch University Seattle, where he is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Music Education.
Susanna Based in the greater Seattle area, violist and violinist Susanna Haley began musical instruction at age seven, later attending the Academy of Music Northwest. She currently freelances throughout Puget Sound, and has performed with groups and artists such as Scrape, Evan Flory-Barnes, The Piano Guys, Mr. & Mrs. Muffins, and many symphonic orchestras. She is Principal violist with Octava Chamber Orchestra, and studies violin with Michael Jinsoo Lim. Taking music with her into her career, Susanna works for the Manhattan String Quartet as Executive Director of their Kent Music - Seattle String Quartet Conference. Outside of music, she is a foreign language student at the University of Washington, where she is majoring in European Studies. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, kayaking, and hiking, as well as international travel.
Terri Sandys is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, with a double Bachelor’s in Music and Education. Terri has been a member of the Tacoma Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Spokane Symphony, Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra, and Seattle Rock Orchestra, just to name a few organizations. She has also freelanced for numerous Opera, Musical and Ballet companies in the Pacific Northwest region and is the founder and manager of the Swan String Quartet.
Terri can be found frequently touring with recording artists, performing on both violin and viola.
Karen was born and raised in the Seattle area, she began cello studies at the age of five. As a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and chorus member, Karen has performed in the US, Israel and throughout Europe, including concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, on BBC Radio and with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. As a Baroque cellist, she has performed and recorded with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Salish Sea Players, Seattle Early Dance, Columbia City Baroque and the New Baroque Orchestra. Currently principal cellist of Thalia Symphony and the Ballard Civic Orchestra, she performs frequently in pit orchestras and with choruses throughout the Puget Sound, and co-chairs the annual "1,000 Cellos" event at the Folklife Festival. She has also appeared with the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Octava Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Scrape, Puget Sound Concert Opera and Geetanjali (playing Tamil film music).
Quinn is a bassist and Iowa native, where his orchestra in high school was awarded two Grammys during his tenure before touring Europe. He has worked "way" off Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Center, and first moved West to become the resident bassist for the Spokane Civic Theatre. He currently resides in Seattle and works primarily in community theater.
Erika Fiebig is a Seattle native. She coaches the Bellevue Youth Symphony Premiere and Sinfonia cellos and local schools. Erika plays with Pacifica Chamber Orchestra and musicals throughout the region. For the past nine years she studied with master teacher Rajan Krishnaswami and is an apprentice teacher, occasionally covering the studio. She observes his teaching for several hours a week to improve her own. She trained at the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute for Books 1, 2, 3 and 6. Erika studied teaching through movement at Seattle’s Creative Dance Center Teacher Training Institute.
Erika began Suzuki cello lessons at 5, at 12 she began studying with renowned teacher Richard Aaron, currently faculty of Juilliard. With pre-professional training in high school, she went to Indiana University String Academy for three summers where she discovered fine chamber music performance under Rostislav Dubinsky. She was in Seattle Youth and Junior Symphonies. After high school Erika took private lessons and chamber music at Oberlin Conservatory while attending the college. She currently gives regular solo recitals of the major cello repertoire.
Erika aspires with each lesson she teaches to give her student the best physical technique while always exploring the reason behind it and the benefits of relaxed mechanics. She is passionate about teaching note-reading and music theory especially through movement so there is never a discrepancy between playing ability and music on the page. Erika teaches storytelling with melody including the student’s own emotions and interpretations. She uses her extensive background at elite institutions to explain musicianship and style correct for the era. Time in her studio is a launching pad to a career, school years of advanced playing, or lifelong enrichment from intimate knowledge and ability in a fine art.
Angela started playing the viola at age 8 when she chose the instrument in the school lottery, knowing it would be the least popular choice and most likely to allow her an instrument to learn on. She briefly took lessons from a couple of musicians in the Phoenix Symphony during high school but largely was taught music in public school (hooray for public school arts programs!). She played in various school, community, and musical theatre pit orchestras throughout high school in the Phoenix, AZ area. Angela enjoys dabbling in everything and learned new instruments to fill in gaps in different groups. While viola is her first love, she also plays violin, cello, clarinet, saxophone, and piano.
After moving to Seattle in 2011, Angela played viola with the Rainbow City orchestra from 2012-2014. Since 2014, she’s mainly been focused on work and being the mom of a busy 3-year-old. She tries to work music in where she can and mainly plays for fun with friends and at special events. Angela is thrilled to have been invited by her good friend Eddie Nicholson to sit in this evening with the Encanto orchestra to help fill in on viola.
Michael Matlock - Pianist
Michael Matlock is excited to be here at Encanto! He works as a music director, composer, arranger, and performer. Theatre credits include: Holiday Inn, Secret Garden (5th Ave), Ride the Cyclone, Assassins (ACT), I Do, I Do!, Singing in the Rain (Village Theatre). Thanks to my family, and as always, to Suzie and RJ. Website: keyofw.com
Monica is a Colombian singer that has had the opportunity to live and sing abroad. Graduated in 2007 from the Universidad del Bosque, with a degree in Music, Classical Singing & Instrumental Teaching. She studied under Ramon Calzadilla and Liliana Iordanova for 6 years, specializing in classical singing technique and performance. Although hers is a classical background, the focus of her more recent work has been on popular music and a rich latin, jazz, and folk repertoire. She has been a regular soloist for different bands and ensembles singing jazz and Latin-American repertoires, including cumbias, boleros, tangos and bossas.
Her experience has taken her to sing with diverse vocal ensembles in New York, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bogota - and most recently, Seattle - where she resides since 2017.
Cesar Cuauhtémoc Amaral Bernal was born in Tepic, Nayarit Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. with his family at the age of 7. He studied at
Roosevelt High School in Seattle, where he played lead trumpet in the nationally acclaimed Jazz Band. Mr. Amaral received his Bachelor's of Music from the University of Washington in 2003. After graduating from the UW, Mr. Amaral dedicated a decade of his professional life to
a career in banking, rising to the position of Assistant Vice President and Manager for the Key Bank National Association.
In August of 2014, Mr. Amaral resigned from his tenured banking career in order to fulfill his life work. In his current role as the Founder and Managing Member at MX360 Fitness he has developed a culturally authentic health and fitness regime for Latinos.
MX360 Fitness was inspired by the passing of his mother from Diabetes in 2012, and Mr. Amaral's love for his Mexican heritage and culture. MX360 Fitness Facebook and other social media sites receive 500,000-1,000,000 views, visitors and impressions per month and growing every month.
Mr. Amaral also created a Non-Profit in the name of his late mother, The Ana Rosa Foundation, with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle by walking 30 minutes a day and eating healthy meals every 3 hours. Through the Ana Rosa Foundation Mr. Amaral organizes walks, hikes and nutrition seminars in English and Spanish. Music also continues to be a part of Mr. Amaral’s life thru his family band, Banda Vagos, a staple of the Latino Community in the Northwest since the year 2000. Banda Vagos has performed at Weddings, Quinceñeras, State fairs, Sporting Events yearly at Safeco and Century Link field, and many other social gatherings. Banda Vagos performs 45 weeks of the year and their crowds vary from just a few hundred people to over 20,000 people in attendance.
Adrienne Shields currently serves as the Music Director of the Mid-Columbia Youth Symphony. She is also the Music Director of the Ellensburg Highs School Winter Musical and a recurring Music Director for Valley Musical Theatre. Shields has previously served as Assistant Conductor for Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Guest Conductor of Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Guest Conductor for Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra and Opera Productions, and guest Conductor for the Kittitas Valley Youth Orchestra. Shields holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestra Conducting and Vocal Performance from Central Washington University and a Bachelor of Music Arts degree in harp from Pacific Lutheran University.
Mariachi Huenachi is a nationally recognized Radio Disney Award Winning Mariachi Music Program that has been featured nationally on FOX, ABC, NBC, PBS, Univision, Despierta America, Latina Magazine and on the CBS Evening News. This high school group has earned a reputation as the best high school mariachi in the State of Washington, performing annually at dozens of events and festivals in and out of state such as Seattle Seahawks Games, Seattle Sounders Games, Orcas Island, Washington State Fair, Encanto Holida Concierto, Portland State University, Montana State University-Northern and at the University of Idaho. They have been invited multiple times to perform at the State Capitol for Governor Inslee. Mariachi Huenachi was featured on TVW, with their own half-hour documentary special. Mariachi Huenachi has shared the stage with some of the best Mariachis in the world: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, and Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández.
Mariachi Huenachi has opened for artists such as Joan Sebastian, Marco Antonio Solis, Sebastien de la Cruz, Beatriz Adriana, Gloria Trevi,Ramon Ayala,Garth Brooks, Lupillo RIvera,Trisha Yearwood and Los Tigres Del Norte. Mariachi Huenachi has had the honor of performing for civil rights leader Dolores Huerta and comedian George Lopez.
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