Daniela Pardo, viola, violin and director
Ms. Pardo’s musical experience includes fifteen years with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in
Venezuela where she also was an active teacher and chamber musician. For 15 years she taught viola
at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory in Caracas, and coached young musicians within “El Sistema”.
In 2000, she moved to Milwaukee to pursue a master in music. After holding the string department
chair position at the Wisconsin Conservatory for ten years and founding the Suzuki program there.
She now teaches orchestra at the Hattiesburg High School and Woodley Elementary.
In 2012, Daniela became a National Board certified teacher.
She also maintains a private violin and viola studio in Hattiesburg and regularly performs with the
Mississippi and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestras.
Her position as an adjunct music professor at William Carey University has inspired her to found the
“William Carey Suzuki Institute” and “My First String Camp at Carey”.
Blanca Berdión, violin and viola
Blanca S. Berdión is a native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. She graduated from the University of Southern
Mississippi in 2001with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.
As a professional musician, she has played in orchestras with international artists such as
Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Doc Severinsen, Ray Charles and Natalie Cole.
In 2012, Blanca became a National Board certified teacher. In 2013, she joined the faculty
of the William Carey Suzuki Institute.
As a member of the string staff of the Hattiesburg Public Schools, she
teaches at Lillie Burney Elementary and Grace Christian Elementary,
as well as maintaining a private violin studio.
Andrea Beltrán Landers, cello
Cellist Andrea Beltran Landers, started her musical training in her native Peru guided by Finnish Suzuki
pedagogue Annika Petrozzi.
In 2008, Miss Beltran was awarded a full scholarship to study with
Dr. Moises Molina at Western Illinois University. In 2012, she graduated from this institution with such
academic honors as Summa Cum Laude and Departmental Scholar.
Miss Beltran started graduate studies with Keith Robinson at Kent State University (Ohio).
Currently, she is continuing her Master’s degree under the guidance of Dr. Alexander Russakovsky at the
University of Southern Mississippi, where she holds a graduate assistantship.
On January of 2014, Miss Beltran was a teacher at the XXIX International Suzuki Festival of Peru, the most
important Suzuki event
in Latin America.
Manuela Romero, violin.
Violin Performance Major from the University of Arts, UNEARTE, Venezuela.
Manuela started her education at the Conservatory of Music Simon Bolívar
and at the Latin-American Academy of Violin in Caracas, Venezuela. Her violin
teachers were Alla Taran, Pablo Vázquez, and Jose Francisco del Castillo.
Since October 2014 Manuela is a student of Dr. Stephen Redfield, at the
University of Southern Mississippi, United States.
In 2001, Manuela participated in the National Competition of Violin "Maurice
Hasson" sponsored by the Experimental School of Music Manuel Alberto Lopez.
In 2003, she was awarded a Special Mention for better interpretation of a concert in
the same competition. Manuela also participated in a chamber music workshop with
Italian master teacher Nicolás Sarpe. From 2006 to 2008, she attended the Latin-
American Academy of Violin under the guidance of Luís Miguel Gonzalez, Jose
Francisco del Castillo, Roberto Valdez, Ivry Gitlis and others.
She has been a soloist in several cities of Venezuela performing Bruch G minor concerto,
Nigun by Bloch, Autumn by Vivaldi, Double violin concert by Bach, E minor concerto by
Mendelssohn, and Sibelius D minor concerto. From January 2012 to December 2013
she worked as violin teacher in the Conservatory of Music Simon Bolívar.
As a professional violinist Manuela Romero has played in several orchestras
in the Venezuelan scenario. From 2003 to 2005 she played in the first violins section
in the Young Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela led by famous conductor
Gustavo Dudamel. In 2009, Manuela was concertmaster in the Germany Tour with
the Group of Chamber music ARAMAC·
In 2011 she participated as soloist in Broadway Cabaret's Musical presented
in the most important theater of Venezuela, Teresa Carreno. Between 2012 and 2013
Manuela was invited to perform with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.
Manuela loves teaching all ages students. She has been a teacher in Venezuela for more
than 10 years. Currently she is principal second violin at the University of Southern Of
Mississippi Orchestra, and she also performs with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016, Manuela started her Masters Degree in Violin Performance at the
University of Southern Mississippi.
Ana María Díaz Herrera, viola and violin
Ana María’s musical training began in her native country Colombia. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Viola
Performance and Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi.
As a violist, she performs with some of the most prestigious orchestras in Mississippi, including Meridian
Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.
Ana has served as a coach at the Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra and the Southern Mississippi Kids
Orchestra. She has also participated in the Orchestral Academy Summer Camp. She performs regularly at
FestivalSouth and Natchez Music Festival. In summer 2015 and 2016, Ana Maria attended the Northern
Lights Music Festival on a full scholarship.
She is passionate about teaching young students, so on August 2016 she started the Suzuki Method
training in Michigan.