Laura Elena Jáuregui Wynter
Laura Elena Jáuregui Wynter (aka Laurita), is a native of Portland, OR with a Mexican-American background. Ms. Jáuregui began her Suzuki violin studies at age five with Dorothy Kroo. She joined the Portland Youth Philharmonic Prepatory Orchestra at age nine, and later at age eleven was accepted into the studio of Raphael Spiro. She joined the Portland Youth Philharmonic performing orchestra at age 13 and continued through high school. She began teaching Suzuki Violin at age 16 with the support of her mother, a Suzuki Piano teacher.
As an adult she continued her musical studies at Portland State University under Carol Sindel, and completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance in 1998. Professionally has played with the Jalisco State philharmonic, the Sinfónica de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, and la Orquesta Blas Galindo in Mexico. She is a former member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and is a registered SAA violin teacher. She was a member of the faculty at both the Community Music Center and Ethos, Inc. She currently runs the Suzuki Stumptown program in North and North East Portland.
Laurita has been invited to teach at international Suzuki institutes in Mexico and Puerto Rico; and has taken her students along on tour to both countries. She has written articles published in the American Suzuki Journal and gave a lecture on diversity at the 2008 SAA Convention. She is a member of the Oregon Suzuki Association and was the Assistant Director of the Oregon Suzuki Institute for seven years.
Andrew Arriaga began instrumental musical instruction at age 9 by playing trumpet in his elementary school band. He began studying the guitar at age 12 with his father. Soon after, Andrew was forming his own rock bands to perform and record throughout his community. At age 16 Andrew began studying classical guitar technique when he joined his school's guitar ensemble. After high school Andrew completed his Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance from Western Connecticut State University where he studied with Andy Lafreniere of the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Guitar Development Committee.
After university, Andrew spent 7 years teaching general music and band to grades K-12 in Oregon public schools. He also served on the board of the Oregon Music Education Association as the Chairperson for OMEA District 10. Currently, Andrew is a music editor at Oregon Catholic Press in NE Portland and serves on the Board of Directors for Classical Revolution PDX. Andrew is very interested in printed music and co-arranged VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs and Fleetwood Mac - Easy Guitar Collection for Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, WI. Andrew has performed at Portland Chamber Music, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Portland Winter Light Festival, Oregon Musical Theatre Festival, and many local restaurants, events and churches. Andrew is a registered guitar instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.