Salvadorian violinist Sandra Rivera loves teaching and performing music. Prior moving to Texas, Sandra participated in numerous instrumental and vocal ensembles (varying from classical music, jazz, mariachi, fiddling, and worshiping) at the Western Colorado area. As a music educator, Sandra has taught beginning orchestra at Caprock Academy and Sistema de Orquestas de Guatemala; general music at Step by Step Daycare; and founder of the music class at the Riverside Educational Center in Colorado. When visiting her home of El Salvador, Sandra teaches in El Sistema-inspired music programs. As a performer, Sandra has been selected in the Colorado Mesa University Concerto Competition and the Wednesday’s Music Club competition on two occasions. Sandra loves performing chamber music and has been concertmaster for the Colorado Mesa University Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in the Valley (Glenwood Springs, Colorado), Youth Symphony Orchestra of El Salvador, Czech Music Camp for Youth Orchestra, and recently, the UTEP Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician in international venues, Sandra has performed in Guatemala, Panama, and the Czech Republic. Sandra’s major violin teachers include Cathy Elías, Manuel Hernández, Max Martínez, Carlos Jiménez, Carlos Elías, Dr. Alejandro Gómez Guillén and currently, Dr. Stephanie Meyers. Sandra Rivera holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Colorado Mesa University and is honored to be a teaching assistant at the University of Texas at El Paso. In addition, Sandra teaches violin at the String Project at UTEP, participates in Las Cruces Symphony, and has been part of the UTEP Early Music Ensemble and the UTEP dinner theater orchestra. Sandra’s dreams consist on inspiring children to enjoy the beautiful world of music, make music a core subject in the Salvadorian education system, and to spread joy through music.