Prelude and Progressions Orchestra Coach Monique Ross has been actively teaching the cello for six years. After pursuing a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree in cello performance at both Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and University of Wisconsin-Madison, she went on to become a co-founder and member of SistaStrings. SistaStrings is a string duo that advocates for diversity in the arts. The duo frequently performs and teaches at schools and youth centers. Monique’s goal is to help students better express themselves creatively, cultivating one’s own connection with music. The passion for music that Monique exudes helps motivate and inspire others. Outside of being an educator and one half of SistaStrings, she also tours, records, and travels with other bands and artists.Less
Domingo Pasillas-Velazquez serves as coach for MYSO’s beginning strings programs, Progressions and Prelude Orchestra. A 2018 graduate, he was a part of MYSO for four years, playing in Philharmonia, Metropolitan Symphony, and Chamber Orchestra. Currently, Domingo is pursuing a degree in violin performance from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin. He has enjoyed the privilege of studying under many wonderful teachers including Bernard Zinck, Diane Duraffourg-Robinson, Yuri Anisimov, and Lyda Osinga.
Having a great passion for teaching, Domingo was an student mentor for three years in the Progressions program during his time in MYSO. He continues to teach privately, and enjoys working with the Progressions, Prelude, and String Orchestra musicians of all ages, instilling fundamentals and technical foundations, but most importantly a passion and love for making music.Less
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