Guest Artists

Erin Leigh Murdock, Soprano
Murdock HeadshotA native of Massachusetts, Erin Murdock holds a Masters in Opera from The Eastman School ofMusic and a Bachelor of Music from The Purchase College Conservatory. She has advanced as afinalist in the Four City District Metropolitan Opera Competition and sung abroad in Germany,Austria, and Italy.

Erin has served as the Director of Worship Arts at Hay Street United Methodist Church(Fayetteville, NC), on the faculty at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and theFayetteville Academy, as the Director of Music for The Buckley Air Force Base Chapel’sCatholic Parish, and is currently serving as the Music Director for Queen of Peace CatholicParish and Music Teacher for St. Pius X Catholic School. She has maintained a studio of privatevoice and piano students since 2008.

Erin has been featured as soprano soloist with The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (Amadeus,Carmina Burana), The Cumberland Oratorio Society (The Messiah), and Fayetteville StateUniversity’s Summer Opera series (Candide).

 

 

Luis Enrique Casal violin/viola

A concert artist in both the violin and the viola, Luis Casal is vice president of the Sinfonía Concertante Foundation of Panama, an honorary academic adviser to the Alfredo Saint Malo Music Festival, and violin/viola instructor of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Washington Heights Community Conservatory. An experienced orchestra player, Mr. Casal has held the position of Principal Violist ad honorem of the National Symphony of Panama, Principal Violist of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Viola Ensemble of the 2003 Tertis International Viola Workshop and Competition, and guest concertmaster of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra.

He is co-founder and member of the Camerata Alfredo De Saint Malo, and currently performs as concertmaster of the Camerata Washington Heights, principal violist of the Metro Chamber Orchestra, violist of the Ava String Quartet and the Paramount Chamber Players, and member of the Fontenay Chamber Players. Recent performances have included chamber music and solo appearances in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, the Hall of the Americas at the Organization of American States, the Bruno Walter Auditorium, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He holds degrees from the University of Florida (with honors), Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University, and the University of Oklahoma.  His major teachers include Jorge Vergara, Carmen Cedeño, Cathy Robinson, the Miami String Quartet, Carolyn Huebl, Matthew Dane, Daniel Heiftetz, Atar Arad, and Ilya Kaler.

Mr. Casal is a recording artist for the label Earthcds.

George Figueroa, Violin

 George PicAn accomplished string player, George Anthony Figueroa has successfully toured as both soloist and chamber musician throughout the Caribbean, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, and the United States. He is a former member of the La Catrina Quartet, winner of the 2007 Young Performers Career Advancement Showcase, providing the group with a performance at Carnegie Hall’s prestigious Weill Recital Hall. His concert engagements have included recitals in many prestigious chamber concert series, including the series of the West Coast Da Camera Society, the Music Guild, as well as the Kent Blossom Chamber Player Series, Johns Hopkins University’s Music at the Evergreen and Nantucket Musical Arts Society. Mr. Figueroa’s international engagements also include Festival de Musica de Camara in Mexico, where he collaborated with musicians and ensembles such as Yo Yo Ma, Brentano, Miami and Turtle Island String Quartet. He has also recorded for various public radio programs including Cleveland’s PBS/NPR broadcast.

Currently Mr. Figueroa forms part of New York’s prestigious Musica de Camara, a core of young Latin American string chamber players whose mission is to help promote music from different Latin American composers. He is also the Artistic Director of Bach Fest, a multinational Summer/Camp Chamber Music series for young and gifted players in western North Carolina. He also is a member of the faculty at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

He is a member of the Paramount Chamber Players and an active violinist with the London based Almeida Trio, performing in many venues in the United Kingdom, Mr. Figueroa is a guest Artist & Pedagogue in many places including the Los Angeles Philharmonic “Harmony Project” and Sembrando Talentos Uruguay.

Mr. Figueroa is founder & Artistic Director of Chamber Music Lenoir & Colpi d’Arco, a multinational group of young & adult professional string players which share a strong commitment to all types of chamber music performance