The Board of Directors and its staff are committed to bringing the best of chamber music and music education to San Miguel de Allende.

Our vision is to make San Miguel de Allende an international destination for music lovers everywhere. 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Helenmarie Corcoran

President

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Helenmarie Anderson Corcoran moved to San Miguel de Allende in August 2014. When she noticed that there was a chamber music festival that presented artists that she had heard in the great concert halls of the world, she joined the music festival as a volunteer, then a board member, and for the past three years as its president.

 

Helenmarie is particularly interested in the formation of the next generation of Mexican classical musicians through the Festival’s popular Master Classes and exposure to the world-renowned artists that perform at the Festival. She relishes those unique moments of beauty that occur between the artists and the audience during Festival performances. Helenmarie believes art and music can transform lives. She brings years of experience as president of a financial planning firm, on boards of arts non-profits, and as a producer of arts events, all of which contribute to the continued success of the Festival.

 

James Bailey

2021 marks the 4th year that James has been associated with the Festival.  He has participated as a past performer in the festival, as an audience member, and now as a board member and chair of the program committee. These different perspectives give James a unique understanding of the challenges of putting on a world-class chamber music festival.

 

James is a native of Colorado, a cellist by vocation, and has lived in San Miguel for two and a half years before returning to the U.S. for family reasons.  James says, “The 2021 season features some of the world's most famous and exciting musicians and I look forward to being in San Miguel to hear them. To program these groups in San Miguel will be exhilarating, acknowledging the challenges we face collectively and financial ones that all arts organizations are facing.”

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Marcela Brondo

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Marcela is an arts administrator, entrepreneur, and theater professional. Born in Mexico City to a performing arts family, she went on to earn degrees in dance and theater arts at INBA, and music at the National Conservatory of Music. She moved to San Miguel in 2012, and worked with local arts institutions such as the San Miguel Playhouse theatre, and El Sindicato through Colectivo Allende La Cultura, organizing cultural activities for young people of San Miguel.

Marcela is cofounder and creative director of the bilingual theater company La Troupe México; general manager of the ticketing company Boleto City; and creative director of the bilingual SMA Podcast channel. In 2018, Marcela directed the non-U.S. premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker’s award-winning play The Madres, in Spanish with English supertitles, for a sold-out run that drew an audience fifty percent Mexican and fifty percent expatriate – an unprecedented feat in San Miguel’s cultural life.

 

Kathleen Ellsworth

Kathleen Ellsworth has been associated with the Festival since 2006, when she moved permanently to San Miguel de Allende. Kathleen began as an usher, but now serves as the Festival’s treasurer. She also coordinates the Festival’s numerous ushers who help during performances.  

 

Kathleen has a deep love for music and can play both recorder and hand bell. She is especially fond of the Festival’s education program in which young Mexican musicians have an opportunity to learn from and listen to world-class musicians. She says, “I have seen first-hand the impact and appreciation these young musicians experience when they come in contact with internationally famous musicians during weekend Master Classes.” For her, it is very inspiring to be able to continue these programs and to present to the San Miguel de Allende community such wonderful music programs each year. 

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Cliff Foster

 
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Clif grew up in the Chicago area where he was introduced to music by his mother, a high school orchestra conductor. He attended the American Conservatory of Music and his further violin studies were with Paul Makanowitzky.  He has played under such highly regarded conductors as Carlo Maria Giulini, Georg Solti and Daniel Barenboim and has recently retired from the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He has performed and recorded with many popular artists. His television credits include Good Morning America and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. 

 

From 1994 to 1998, Clif was Concertmaster for the Yanni World Tour and he appears on the Tribute and Albert Hall videos. For the last twenty years, Clif has been active in bringing chamber music performances to Benicia, California. He currently lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where he continues his chamber music career. He lives with his wife Paula, their German Shepherd Amma, and little Layla.

 

Victor Hugo Ramos Fonseca

Victor Hugo Ramos Fonseca, originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, is currently conducting the Children's and Youth Symphony Orchestra of San Miguel de Allende and is a professor in the Department of Music and Performing Arts at the University of Guanajuato.
 
He graduated from the University of Guanajuato with a degree in Piano in 2006. As a pianist he has developed national and international experience, offering concerts as a soloist with orchestras such as OSPIR Pinto Reyes Symphony Orchestra, Orchestras of the universities of Guanajuato, Jalisco, Aguascalientes, and recitals in various emblematic venues in Mexico and South America. In 2022 Guest Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Concepción - Chile.
 
In 2011 he was the founder and conductor of the San Miguel de Allende Symphony Orchestra and developed orchestral meetings in different states and abroad.

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FESTIVAL STAFF

Luis Eduardo Quezada Bárcenas

Executive Director

Luis Eduardo is the new member of the team, he settled in San Miguel in December 2021, he is a marketer by training but very passionate about music and arts. Throughout his career, he has stood out for his creativity, entrepreneurship, public relations, and team management, as well as being a good singer and songwriter of pop-ballad music.

As executive Director of the Festival, he uses his extensive knowledge for strategic planning, project management and the generation of creative marketing concepts. He especially likes serving people, he is a distinguished speaker and communicates with great ease. His purpose is the creation of productive projects with great social impact.

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