Jessica has over 10 years of arts nonprofit and arts education experience. In her previous roles she served as Education and Community Engagement Director for two professional orchestras including the Winston-Salem Symphony in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in Orlando, Florida where she was responsible for the organization, implementation, administration, promotion and ongoing evaluation of a wide variety of education and artistic programming. In addition to program design she has extensive experience in curriculum development, long-range strategic planning, partnership cultivation and creative fundraising.
During her time in Savannah, Georgia, Jessica served as the Volunteer & Creative and Performing Arts Coordinator for The Salvation Army of Savannah, Georgia. In addition to maintaining an active private teaching studio instructing children and adults on orchestra and band instruments, Jessica previously served as a Music Educator and Administrative Consultant for Mrs. G’s Music Foundation, as a Music Educator in the York, Aiken, Lexington and Jasper County (South Carolina) Schools, as a New Horizons Band Low Brass Instructor, and as Theater House Manager for the University of South Carolina’s Aiken Campus, where she also served as Assistant to the Band Director. Jessica has her Masters of Arts Administration from the Savannah College of Art and Design where she was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Carolina and numerous non-profit, volunteer management and music certificates. Ms. Munch-Dittmar is presently a member of the National Association for Music Educators and the National Tuba Association.
Jessica’s primary instrument is the Euphonium but she has spent the majority of the last decade studying West African drumming and has a passion for world music and culture. She enjoys travel, fitness, hip hop music and being a mom to son, Oliver.
A native of Miami, Michelle Sanchez began studying viola at age nine. Ms. Sanchez started pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance in 2009 under the tutelage of Michael Klotz. Throughout her college career, Ms Sanchez has had the opportunity to play for many renowned conductors such as David Effron, James Judd and Grzegorz Nowak. In addition, she has performed with Sherill Milnes, Ross Harbaugh and the late Ida Haendel. Ms Sanchez has also participated in master classes with James Ehnes, Michael Tree, Richard O’Niell, Roberto Diaz and Yizhak Schotten. Ms. Sanchez also had the privilege of joining the South Shore Orchestra for their China Tour 2016-2017.
In 2016, Ms. Sanchez became a founding member of the Versa String Quartet. The quartet performed at various venues in South Florida and raised funds for the 2017 disasters in Puerto Rico and Mexico. The Versa String Quartet premiered a work by composer Maureen Reyes Lavastida, Chains 2016.
Ms. Sanchez completed her Masters Degree at Florida International University in Viola Performance in 2016 and continues to work professionally with Orchestras in the Miami area.
Furthermore, Ms. Sanchez has done extensive work as a teacher, maintaining a private studio for violin and viola, and works with several community music programs and conservatories. One such program is called Share the Music. This organization believes in the importance of generosity and community through the power of music.
In 2018, Ms Sanchez, a proud alumni, became the Symphony Manager for the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. Here she works closely with other talented staff to create a challenging and educational environment for young musicians; most of whom get into the top music schools in the country. On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Sanchez transitioned to the Marketing and Operations Coordinator position where she and the team have created a successful virtual component to the regular season planning. In addition, she uses her creative artistic skills in creating promotional materials to use on social media.
Ms. Sanchez is a passionate musician who loves to write, make music and all things Disney.
Jarelys was born and raised in Miami, FL. She started playing the violin at the age of eight years old and has played the violin ever since somehow. She graduated from South Miami Senior High School in the class of 2017 and started working with a non-profit organization Greater Miami Youth Symphony since August 2017. She graduated with her Associate in Arts Degree at Miami-Dade College in 2019 and has been working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Florida International University and plans to graduate in the Fall of 2021. She also has her own Violin studio which she teaches students the violin privately leading up to Studio Recitals. She loves to travel, shoot photography and trying new foods.