Erik Cavazos

YOSA Sinfonietta Strings Conductor 

Erik Cavazos graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with a bachelor's degree in music education and a certificate of performance in violin- his primary instrument. While an undergraduate student, he studied violin and viola with Dr. Stephanie Westney, cello with Ken Freudigman, bass with Steven Zeserman and pedagogy with Dr. Kristen Pellegrino. During summers, he traveled to participate in festival orchestras in Hot Springs, Arkansas and a tour in Italy as a soloist for the Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, including performances in Venice, Rome and Florence.

Currently, Mr. Cavazos is in his fourth year teaching orchestra at Frank Tejeda Middle School in North East ISD. In addition to this position, Mr. Cavazos is also a Master Teacher for the UTSA String Project, where he helps undergraduate music education students refine their classroom teaching skills. Mr. Cavazos is also on the Committee of Educational Outreach for the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio Music Institute (CMI).

Professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Orchestra Directors Association (TODA), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Fraternity.