American cellist, Cara Elise Colón enjoys a career as performer, pedagogue, and arts administrator. She has performed in concerts for L’Hermitage Concert Series and Bruman Summer Chamber Music Festival in Los Angeles, California, Associazione Contrappunto in Tuscany, Mammoth Lakes Music Festival, Lancaster International Piano Festival, National Music Museum Concert Series in South Dakota, International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico, Ware Center Concert Series in Pennsylvania, Killington Music Festival, PSPA International Chamber Ensemble on tour in Malaysia, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series, and Fundación Musical Chamber Series in Puerto Rico. She studied with many leading musicians including Janos Starker, Anne Martindale-Williams and Sidney Harth and played in master classes for Mstislav Rostropovich and the Diaz Trio.
As a pedagogue, Cara has held positions on the faculty of the Indiana University String Academy and the Indianapolis Academy of Music. A Suzuki-certified teacher, she is director of the young cellists’ program of the Cello|Fresno International Festival and has been invited as a guest clinician for the London Suzuki Group, Killington Music Festival, University of Alaska Cello Festival, University of Oklahoma ‘Low Strings Attached’ Festival and for pedagogy courses and ASTA events at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
As an arts administrator, Cara is the Vice President of the American Cello Institute whose project, the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico has won numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities for their work providing free access to the arts. The ICOPR connects kids and communities with classical music through free concerts, educational events, young artist fellowships and televised programming appearing on CBS, ABC, NBC and the CW in markets in the Caribbean, USA, Canada & Guam.