Violist Ariel Garcia was born and raised in Chicago’s La Villita neighborhood where at the tender age of eight, he began his formal training in music. He is a Collins Fellow at the Mead Witter School of Music in Madison, Wisconsin earning a doctorate in viola performance and a minor in arts business and administration. Ariel holds degrees from both the DePaul University School of Music and the University of Nebraska Glenn Korff School of Music. He has had extensive performance experience with orchestras such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Ariel is also an avid chamber musician. He is a founding member of the Music of the Americas Ensemble (MAE), a Chicago based chamber group consisting of classically trained Latino musicians.
In addition to his performance responsibilities, Ariel is currently the executive director for the Music of the Americas Institute (MAI). In creating this organization, Ariel and his colleagues intend on removing financial and perceptual barriers to classical music through a combination of community outreach and community engagement. The resulting accessibility to the art form will help build the audience of the future.
Codirector / Violist - Resonance Madison