Mexican Musician Need Your Help
Organized by: Silvia Torres
My name is Silvia Torres-Morán, I was born in Mexico City and I am currently initiating enrollment procedures for studying Bachelor of Arts in Music degree program at Colorado State University, USA.
The lack of opportunities in Mexico to study music professionally is making me look for new horizons of artistic and academic growth outside my country. The academic level is taught in professional schools of music and other artistic and cultural areas such as dance, theater and painting it is really low and despite the incredible talent of my fellow Mexicans, not enough investment to support our development. I tried to realize my musical studies since I was 12 years.
I auditioned and enter in the same year the "National Conservatory of Music" at the "Middle Superior" (elemental musical level). The first year was really productive and blissful. In the second year, lessons were interrupted for burocratic proces, so this same year (2012), I make a change to the "Superior School of Music".
As personally and professionally goal during that year, despite that I only had a few months in the performance of music and my instrument, I became a member of the OSIM (Young and Youth Symphony Orchestra of Mexico), which is one of the most important youtht orchestras of Mexico.
For 2 years my artistic development was very positive and supported by various institutions how CONACULTA, FONCA, INBA etc, sitting up at various high level music groups and ensembles.
Sadly at the end of 2014 year, my professor of bassoon at the "Superior School of Music" had serious health problems and was forced to leave school, leaving a big gap in the school and in their students.
In the months that followed, the "Superior School of Music" has hired a new bassoon teacher, however she is not responsible for their students, the lessons have a duration of 15 to 25 min and hopefully 2 days a month.
Besides this, never develop a good relationship with the teacher and she insisted on call me "mediocre" and "lack of talent". She just told me: I will not be your teacher.
This is why I stopped bassoon classes with her and star looking for an opportunity to realize my studies outside Mexico. In my country, the opportunity to study bassoon is almost non-existent.
Just a couple of months ago, I made a trip to Fort Collins, Colorado to present my audition to the CSU music department, it was held on February 27, and the results of this were truly satisfactory.
During the audition a played pieces by Vivaldi and Mozart and certainly my interpretation of these was well received by the teachers of the institution.
Despite the language and cultural barrier that represents applying to a university in the United States, I had extremely pleasant and rewarding experiences that definitely motivated me to continue working for my academic goals.
Teachers in the United States were very interested in my talent and surprised that a person born in the vicinity of Ajusco Mexico had the courage to venture to ask for an opportunity to study in Colorado.
Last Mach, 8th 2016 I received the official letter of acceptance from the university with very positive feedback. The semester begins on August 22. I have been accepted and I am very proud and excited.
I received a scholarship for talent at music area and an offer to "Merit Work-Study" as part of the Staff of the University Center for the Arts. With all of these, I need to raise an additional $ 20,500 per year to make my studies at CSU possible.
These are truly high costs for me and family and Mexican government does not have scholarships for bachelor students. That is why I asked for your help. Any amount to cover this large sum would certainly be a step to get closer to my dreams, academic goals, and to show that all my effort to get ahead has not been in vain.
The story of my life has been affected by various situations beyond my control, but despite how difficult has been this path, today I feel stronger and ready to shine not only in my country but in the United States and the rest of the world. I hope my effort and dedication to become a successful bassoonist can be a reality with your generous support.
Thanks for your attention and best regards.
Silvia Torres Morán