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Students Give Fundraising Recitals to Study Piano in Italy

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 1, 2014 – Senior music education major Josue Medellin from Matamoros, Mexico, and music education graduate Linda Chavez from Brownsville are giving fundraiser recitals one last time before leaving to attend the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy for three weeks.

Along with junior music performance major Sean Bolkcom from Guadalajara, Mexico, Chavez and Medellin will travel to the picturesque village of Völs am Schlern in the Dolomite Mountains of northeastern Italy with their professor, Dr. Juan Pablo Andrade, Assistant Professor in the Department of Music.

Music major Josue Medellin teaches a child about rhythm during UT Brownsville's Summer Music Camp held at Eidman HallJosue Medellin teaches a student about rhythm during UTB Music Academy’s Summer Music Camp on Tuesday, June 24.

Chavez’ and Medellin’s recitals will both take place on the evening of Saturday, July 5; Chavez will play at the Seventh Day Adventist Hispanic Church in Brownsville and Medellin will play  at Museo Casamata in Matamoros.

“We are all so thankful to Dr. Andrade for the tremendous opportunity he has given us,” said Chavez, who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from UTB on Saturday, May 10. “Being surrounded by such high-level talent will motivate us to continue growing. We will interact with people from all over the world; it will be a culturally enriching experience.”

At the festival, the three students will attend master classes, take private lessons, participate in chamber music ensembles and perform in the historic halls and castles of the area. They will also take classes in two of the languages intricately tied to classical music: Italian and German.

“Dr. Andrade is not only a great teacher but also an awesome person,” Medellin said. “He is kind, patient, intelligent, and he has a passion for music. He makes us do our best always. I want him to be proud of me and let him see that I putting in my effort to be a great student.” 

Medellin’s selections for his performance include two baroque sonatas by Scarlatti, a classical piece by Mozart, romantic preludes by Chopin and Rachmaninoff, and 20th century pieces by Alberto Ginastera and Jose Murillo. 

Chavez’ selections for her performance represent various musical eras: “Mozart Piano Sonata K331” (Classical Era), “Brahms Op. 118”, No. 2 and 3 (Late Romantic Era), and “Ginastera's Danzas Argentinas” (20th Century). For other selections, she will be joined by several fellow music graduates to include a violin, clarinet, soprano and a four-hands piano piece.

Music major Linda Chavez teaches a child how to read music during UT Brownsville's Summer Music Camp held at Eidman HallLinda Chavez teaches a student how to read music during UTB Music Academy’s Summer Music Camp on Wednesday, June 25.

“I am so excited to be playing with my friends one last time before we all leave for graduate school,” Chavez said, who received a partial scholarship to begin work on her Master of Arts in Piano Performance this fall at the prestigious Longy School of Music in Boston.

Chavez will play at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 at the Seventh Day Adventist Hispanic Church, 3515 Old Highway 77, Brownsville. For more information, call 956-455-8417.

Medellin will play at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 at Museo Casamata, Calle Santos Degollado Esq, Colonia Modelo, Matamoros. For more information, call 956-590-4629; in Mexico, 868-8179735.

The group departs for Italy on Monday, July 7 and returns on Tuesday, July 29.

Donations to assist the piano students with travel expenses, festival fees and incidentals can be sent to Dr. Juan Pablo Andrade, UTB Music Department, One West University Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520, or contact Dr. Andrade at


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