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Alina Vazquez

Alina Vázquez is in her second consecutive season as the principal cellist of the Sheboygan Alina Vazquez2Symphony Orchestra. In addition to holding the John McClary Cello Chair at the SSO, she is a substitute cellist for the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra and for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in Davenport, Iowa. She has also performed with the Abilene and San Angelo Symphony Orchestras in Texas, the Hot Spring Festival Symphony in Arkansas, and the string section of the internationally acclaimed Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Alina has been a member of the NOVA New Music Ensemble, the Rote Hund Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and the Opera Theatre Orchestra in Georgia. Aside from her orchestral performances, she is an active chamber musician who regularly performs with her husband, pianist Joseph Lecher.

Alina’s education includes a doctorate in cello performance from the University of Georgia, a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s from the University of North Texas. She has taught at the University of Georgia, the Greater Milwaukee El Sistema non-profit youth orchestra program, and the Waukesha County Conservatory of Music at the Hartland Music Center where she maintains an active teaching studio. Alina is the Artistic Director of the Alejandra Chamber Ensemble, a non-profit organization started in the summer of 2019 aimed at providing classical music performances to the community.

A native of El Paso, Texas, Alina enjoys (read: endures) the climatic challenges offered to her by residing in the verdant lake country area in the beautiful state of Wisconsin. She is proud to be performing expansive and challenging works with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra - Wisconsin’s longest standing symphony orchestra.

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Concert: May 9, 2019 - Hope