Camilo ’21 Selected for Prestigious Summer Strings Program

Bosque cellist Camilo ’21 has been selected to participate in a prestigious summer chamber music and solo performance program at the Cleveland Institute of Music in July. The Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA), which partners with the Cleveland Institute, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Julliard School of Music to host the programs, is designed for string players ages 11–17. As a program with a primary focus on cultural diversity, SPA seeks to actively recruit and engage students from cultural backgrounds that are underrepresented in the field of classical music.

Camilo auditioned for the SPA via an online application in which he submitted several performance videos. The process also required applicants to submit an essay explaining their desire to participate in the program.

Camilo said he’s very excited about being one of only 32 students selected from around the U.S. to participate in the program. “This will be the most prestigious and high level activity I have done so far with music, and it will reveal what life as a musician could be,” he said. “It will also help me decide what I want to do as a career.” He added that he’s looking forward to the opportunity to play with and learn from many talented people.

Camilo began his strings journey in 1st grade when, as a requirement of his elementary school, he took up the violin; in the 4th grade he was given the option to switch instruments. While he admits that at the time he didn’t know much about the other instruments, he did know that the cello teacher was “very sweet and kind” which helped him decide to make the switch.

A few years ago, Camilo joined the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program (AYSP) and continues to play with the group today. Last week, the AYSP held its final concert for the current semester’s chamber music program. See the performance HERE. Camilo has also participated for two years in the high school All-State Musical Festival.

Camilo credits his parents, family, and several music teachers for the success he’s experienced as a cellist. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the teachings and support of my music teachers: Joel Becktell, Nicolle Maniaci, Joanna Hart, Leslie Alperin, and my grandpa Floyd Vasquez.”

Congratulations, Camilo!