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 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.
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.”
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.
Marian moved to San Miguel in May 2017, a move preceded by seven years of annual visits, each longer than the previous. It was during these visits that she discovered that San Miguel, true to its reputation, abounded in cultural events: music, theater, and art. These events, she was to learn, were largely supported by ex-patriots.
Initially a volunteer with the Festival’s Master Classes, she quickly discovered a new passion, cultivating and supporting of México’s youth in their quest to become classical musicians. Marian brings a wealth of experience in board member activities and is a passionate advocate for the Festival’s mission of bringing the best of chamber music and music education to San Miguel.
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.
Beatriz is a Mexican classical musician who has been living in San Miguel de Allende for the past five years and has worked as a flautist of the Orquesta Filarmonica del Estado de Queretaro OFEQ, for 18 years.
Beatriz says, “I have just recently joined the Festival’s board of directors, but have known about its high reputation both of performances and Master Classes ever since I started my career as a musician.” Beatriz is motivated to use her experience to help connect with other Mexican musicians, professionals and students, foreign and natives and with anyone who is willing to contribute and participate in this great Festival.
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.
Mick joined the Festival during its 40th season, and as a member of the board in 2020. A past resident of California, who now resides full time in San Miguel de Allende, he brings 20+ years of professional experience as a technology writer and editor in broadcast and print media, website development, and corporate communications.
Mick participates in the Festival’s editorial direction, including website management, feature writing for news outlets, as well as assistance in the design and production of the Festival’s marketing materials. Mick says, “It’s exciting to be part of an organization that is community focused and touches the lives of so many, especially those of the talented and dedicated young musicians of tomorrow.”
Florencia Ojeda Carbajal, Administrative Director
Florencia became a volunteer for the Festival in 2018 while searching for a way to connect deeply with the arts and listen to beautiful music. Little did she know that becoming a volunteer, particularly coordinating one the Festival’s primary events—Education Week--that she would open the doors to a new career path where she could combine her many passions and academic background.
As the Festival’s administrative director, she applies her rich knowledge of social media, donor activities, and ideas for the marketing committee. She is especially excited to establish a constant bridge of communication and exchange between musicians and audiences, helping promote the healing and invaluable power of music to everyone. Florencia hosts a podcast dedicated to this endeavor, Serendipia Armónica.
Lander studied graphic design in Mexico City and to this day works on a diverse range of projects in San Miguel de Allende, many of which combine design and photography. Lander founded two successful design firms, and delved into photography very early on in his career. To this day he has photographed over 400 homes in Mexico and the United States and has designed several books on photography, art and other subjects.
In addition to design and still photography, he does web design, aerial photography, and video. Lander joined the Festival in 2016.