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Violin Instructors

Violin Lessons

Michael Badillo – Violin

Michael Badillo is a dedicated private violin teacher and performer in San Antonio, Texas, motivated to teach kids and adults the art of violin playing. He is determined to build up a successful violin studio of outstanding musicians who are goal-driven, self-motivated, and disciplined. Similar to other musicians, Michael had to start somewhere. As a young boy, he had always had an ear for Classical Music and enjoyed listening to orchestral works on the radio. That lead him to start wanting to learn how to play an instrument. By age 12, Michael began to learn how to play the violin.

Throughout middle and high school, Michael participated in his school orchestra. He was involved in and placed in the top group in TMEA Region Orchestra every year and participated in TMEA All-State Orchestra. Michael was also involved in UIL All-State Solo and Ensemble Competition. Orchestra competitions and Summer Music Festivals had a vastly influenced Micahel’s future. Advancing his music education, Michael attended Northwest Vista College and studied violin with Beth Johnson, a current member of the San Antonio Symphony, receiving an Associate of Arts Concentration in Music. Continuing his education, Michael spent some time at Texas State University School of Music, where he studied violin with Dr. Lynn Ledbetter. After, with the Concertmaster of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Steven Copes, through the Curtis Institute of Music Mentor Network in 2021.

Currently, Michael is teaching private violin lessons full-time at Antonio Strad Violin and in NISD, looking forward to teaching his student daily. His studio consists of students from the ages of 3 to 70+. Michael has helped many students win a chair in UIL Region Orchestra in both Middle School and High School Divisions locally in San Antonio, winning the first chair, first violin (Concertmaster) position. He has helped some hardworking and dedicated students win a chair in UIL Texas All-State Orchestra and win a chair in YOSA’s (Youth Orchestra of San Antonio) top orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael has also helped students earn 1’s (gold medal) in UIL Solo and Ensemble Competition in both Middle School and High School Divisions and win 1’s and 2’s (Gold and Silver) in UIL Texas All-State Solo and Ensemble Competitions. Many students from his studio have been accepted into the School of Music programs at the University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas State University, Lamar University, Saint Marys University, and Texas A&M University, majoring or minoring in Music. His students also got accepted into several competitive summer music programs such as the Interlochen Center of the Arts Orchestra Ensemble Summer Program, Sphinx Performance Academy, International Summer Institute of the University of North Texas, and Peabody Performance Academy for Strings. Michael is a certified Suzuki teacher but also has developed his pedagogy that led many students to their success. Because he enjoys his work so much, he lives by the quote, A man who loves his job never works a day in his life. In addition, Michael is also currently a YOSA MÁS 5th Grade Strings Mentor at Ed White Middle School and Krueger Middle School and has been a Violin Sectional Coach for the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA). Alongside his teaching, Michael is currently an active contracted member of the Central Texas Philharmonic, Kingsville Symphony Orchestra, and the San Antonio Sinfonietta. Michael has also had the privilege to perform with the Round Rock Symphony, Mid Texas Symphony, Texas Hill Country Opera, and other South Texas Symphonies.

As a music educator and supporter, Michael is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Suzuki Association of the Americas, and is in partnership with Steinway Piano Gallery, where he received the Top Music Teacher Award.

Michael is grateful for the support, discipline, and training from all his former teachers. And from his gorgeous wife, Karina Badillo, a professional Dog Groomer and Artist. In return, Michael will give his energy and knowledge to all his students and continue looking for ways to improve his playing and teaching.

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Joseph Barrera – Violin & Viola

Joseph Barrera has been playing the violin for over 20 years and teaching for over 13 years. He believes that every student is different and strives to adapt to every students’ needs and learning pace. He is proficient in all Suzuki Books Vol. 1-10. In addition to classical training, he also teaches movie music, pop and fiddle tunes.

He has studied Music Education at UTSA. His past teachers were Dr. Yuli Jiang, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio (previous San Antonio Symphony concertmaster), and Mary Ellen Goree (current SA Symphony 2nd violin principal). In his high school years, he has been Concertmaster for 4 years in a row for the All-Region 11 Orchestra (NISD). He is also a 2 time All-State violinist. He has played with the San Angelo Symphony, Symphony of the Hills. Currently, he is a sub with the San Antonio Symphony and plays with the Saltarelli Community Orchestra on his spare time as part of his community service.
His teaching experience include 5 years with NISD as the 5th Grade strings instructor at Powell, Cable, Helotes, and Passmore Elementary Schools in addition to his lesson studio.

Roselyn Rios – Violin

Roselyn Rios is currently pursuing a B.M. in Music Marketing with a minor in Music Technology at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She studies violin with San Antonio Symphony member Dr. Stephanie Westney, and is a member of the UTSA Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Eugene Dowdy. She is also lead female vocalist of the UTSA Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Adrian Ruiz. Although her concentration is in marketing, Roselyn has had three years of teaching experience through teaching private lessons and in the UTSA String Project. She has performed both locally and internationally in places such as Dallas, Corpus Christi, Houston, and France. In 2015, Roselyn had the opportunity to study for a week at the Conservatory of Paris with the Virtuosi of Houston Chamber Orchestra. In addition, the UTSA Orchestra recently had the opportunity to be the featured performing university orchestra in the 2017 TMEA Convention with Roselyn as Assistant Principal 2nd Violinist. Roselyn aspires to continue her music studies with her fellow teachers and colleagues so that she may surmount the challenges of the music industry in order to ensure the growth and education of young artists and musicians.

Miguel Calleja – Violin

Raised in Granada (Spain), Miguel Calleja started playing the violin at a young age under the guidance of Biljana Belloti, former concertmaster of the Belgrado Symphony Orchestra. Later, he continued his studies with Ofelya Karapetyian and Fernando Cornejo, at the Royal Conservatory of Granada and finished his masters degree in the University of Missouri-Columbia, where Eva Szekely and Julie Rosenfeld were his teachers. He has played as an orchestral musician in several ensembles, performing as the Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory of Granada. Also, he has toured Spain and Europe with ensembles such as the Orquesta Filarmonia and the Hispanian Symphony Orchestra and performed in the US with the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra and the Missouri Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Calleja has performed recitals across Spain and the US, invited by institutions such as the University of Granada, the Royal Conservatory of Granada and Casa de España in San Antonio. In his many years teaching violin, Calleja´s students have been accepted into the top music institutions in Spain and the US, including the Royal Conservatory of Granada and many young orchestras

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