Band and instrumental adjudicator for the Cariboo Festival starting Monday is Jose Delgado-Guevara.

Band and instrumental adjudicator for the Cariboo Festival starting Monday is Jose Delgado-Guevara.

Cariboo Festival sounds off with band section

The month-long Cariboo Festival begins Monday with the band and instrumental section of competition at St. Peter’s Anglican Church.

The month-long Cariboo Festival begins Monday and Tuesday, April 8-9 with the band and instrumental section of competition taking place at St. Peter’s Anglican Church.

Jose Delgado-Guevara, who is originally from Costa Rica, is the adjudicator for the section.

Delgado-Guevara earned his Associate Degree in Music Education from the Conservatory of Castella for the Visual and Performing Arts of Costa Rica; his Bachelors Degree in music from the University of Costa Rica, and his Masters Degree in viola performance from Western Michigan University.

He apprenticed with Gela Dubrova in Morelia, Mexico, before going to the U.S. to study with Igor Fedotov. Delgado-Guevara received his violin teacher training at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with Darcy Drexler and Mimi Zweig and with Karen-Michele Kimmet at Queens University, Ont.

He was a founding member of La Camerata Latinoamericana in Costa Rica and has also held positions as principal violist in the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Central American Symphony Orchestra and many other orchestras in France, Costa Rica, and the United States.

He has performed as a soloist with Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, Andrews University Symphony Orchestra, University of Costa Rica String Orchestra, the Bach Institute of Costa Rica Chamber Orchestra, Fontana Chamber Music Festival, Fernwood Outdoor Music Series, Afternoon of Music in Kalamazoo and Sinfonia Prince George.

Delgado-Guevara was the co-ordinator of the Andrews University Department of Music Preparatory Program and served as interim director for the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra for 2003-2004. He has also served as the associate conductor of the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra.

He was also the violin/viola instructor for the Salvation Army arts and education program in Benton Harbour, Michigan.

He is currently the concert-master for the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and is the artistic director and senior violin teacher at the Prince George Conservatory of Music.