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The Faculty of the Conservatory is comprised of classically trained, performing musicians who possess a wide range of talents and teaching styles, and who are dedicated to providing their students with a varied, unique, and ultimately rewarding learning environment. Our distinguished faculty members hold advanced degrees from the world’s top conservatories and universities. Many also maintain active and prestigious performing careers. All are dedicated to bringing music into the lives of those in their community—from the beginning student just starting out to the advanced student contemplating a career in music. Our student body and staff is drawn from throughout the DC metropolitan area, the United States, and from numerous foreign countries, and is a reflection of the vibrant cultural diversity that is the fabric and essence of this country.

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Isabel Benemelis (Director) - Piano

Jimena Veizaga (Assistant Director) - Piano, Vocal

Juan Carlos Perez - Piano

Steven Natrella - Violin, Viola

Nazir Becerra - Guitar

Justin Piteleski - Guitar

Leo Alvarez - Latin Percussion, Drums

Victor Dubenco - Clarinet, Saxaphone, Flute, Trombone, Trumpet


Leo Alvarez

Leo Alvarez (Latin Percussion, Drums)
Trained in Latin Percussion and drums.  Has recorded several CD’s in his native Venezuela and in the USA with renown performers, and toured across South America with “Juan Carlos y su Rumba Flamenca”.  Mr. Alvarez has been teaching privately and at “Instituto Canzion”.  He believes that regardless of the desired profession, music and arts are extremely important in one’s personal growth.  He wishes to teach his students to enjoy music as well as encourage them to appreciate the importance of music in their lives.  Mr. Alvarez has more than fifteen years of experience teaching students of all ages and all levels.


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