Augustine Music Festival
Jorge Peña, Artistic
November 27, 2012
The St. Augustine Music Festival was founded in 2007 by
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra members Jorge A. Peña
(viola) and Jin Kim-Peña (cello), with the invaluable
participation and support of many other musicians and
the local community.
Conceived as a free classical music concert series to
celebrate the rich artistic and cultural traditions of
St. Augustine, the annual festival has quickly become a
highlight of the summer season.
Jorge Peña - A former member of
the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra came to the
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in 1996. Honduran born,
Mr. Peña was educated in the US, attended Columbus State
University and graduated from the Peabody Conservatory
of Music with a degree in performance and chamber music
where he studied with Philadelphia Orchestra principal
viola and president of the Curtis Institute Roberto
Diaz, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra principal viola
Richard Field, and Julliard quartet member Earl Carlys.
His chamber music experience include appearances with
the National Gallery of Art Chamber Orchestra, the
Virginia Chamber Orchestra, the Atlanta Virtuosi,
Tanglewood Music Center, Grand Teton Music Festival,
University of North Florida and the Ritz Chamber Players
as well as innumerable solo and small ensemble recitals
in North America, Central America, Europe and Asia.
His teaching experience keeps his private studio
competitive, a frequent clinician for chamber music as
well as solo master classes at LaVilla school of the
arts, Douglas Anderson School of the arts and the
University of North Florida. His students have attended
the Manhattan School of Music, North Western University,
Yale University, Eastman School of Music, The Harid
Conservatory, University of Central Florida and the
University of North Florida.
Mr. Peña coaches violin and viola for the Jacksonville
Symphony Youth Orchestra and coaches chamber music in
the JSYO chamber music program.He is currently in the
faculty of the Prelude Chamber Music Camp. Mr. Peña is
founder of the Sonora Ensemble, the Movado string
quartet and founder and Artistic Director of the St.
Augustine Music Festival.