20 year old Luis Ortiz was born in Providence, RI in a culturally mixed family of Dominican and Puerto Rican background. He started taking violin lessons when he was 8 years old through Community MusicWorks, where he met the other members of the quartet and his love for music. Having graduated from San Miguel Middle School and LaSalle Academy High school, he is currently at the private liberal arts school, McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, where he continues to study the violin and is seeking a BA in Violin Performance, as well as a Sociology minor. Other than his music, Luis has been successful outside of academics as President of the Ultimate Frisbee club on campus and an active member of Phi Kappa Sigma, a National social fraternity, and Beta Alpha Chi, the Music Honors Society. He is unsure about his future, but is interested in ethnomusicology, specifically studying social and music cultures of Latin America, and Instrumental Conducting. His dream is to one day give back to the community he grew up in by working with Community MusicWorks as an alum and create a similar program in a Spanish speaking country.
Natasha Astrid Rosario was born in Providence, Rhode Island to parents originally from the beautiful Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. She began playing the cello at age six as a part of the non-profit Community MusicWorks. It was here that she began to learn everything from the beginner basics of holding her instrument to the intimate connections attained through chamber music. She is currently attending Brown University as a Pre-Med student and hopes to concentrate in The Art of Creative Expression- a major she will construct herself to bring together all forms of art important to her (music, visual arts, literary arts, etc). The works of other people inspire her to accept responsibility for being an active member in providing generally good works in the world, be they art, volunteer work, or medical attention to others. She believes that everyone has the capability to create something beautiful or inspirational for others and she is trying to donate her talents.
Sidney Argueta was born in New York to parents that are originally from Guatemala. She is twenty-two years old and plays the violin. In May 2013, she graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health. In the fall, she will be attending the Harvard Extension school to do a pre-medical post-baccalaureate program before applying to medical school. During her time at Brown, she was a camp counselor and mentor at Community MusicWorks, a non-profit music education organization in Rhode Island, where she was once a student. She was also in the Applied Music Program where she studied with Lois Finkel and was in the Brown University Orchestra. She enjoys being involved in the Providence Community and believes that music plays an important role in civil societies; it has the ability to bring people from different backgrounds together.
Joshua Rodriguez, who is now 21 years old, was born in Providence, RI to parents who originally are from small country villages in the Dominican Republic. In the year 2010 he graduated with 8 years of musicianship in Viola from Community MusicWorks who’s mission was to provide classical music to low-income communities and families of South Providence. He continues to study viola and is seeking a BA in Viola Performance, as well as two separate minors in Psychology and Peace Studies at Guilford College that he will complete in the coming year. What inspires Joshua to continue studies in music is his love for music and especially chamber music, which he believes requires a special connection to be made between many musicians. His dream is to help others realize that peace exists through chamber music. The RI Latino String Quartet is a group including three of Joshua’s closest friends and cherished musicians that he grew up with in Community MusicWorks. They get together during summer vacations to provide a peaceful & classical repertoire for the Providence community. Playing with the quartet is one of his favorite things to do with his instrument.