Isaac Casal

Cello Instructor

I began teaching in 1998. My profile includes comprehensive training in cello performance, broad international exposure, extensive teaching experience, and 15 years of managing an international music festival and non-profit foundation. I hold a Postgraduate Degree in Higher Education from the Universidad de las Américas (UDELAS), a Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance from Louisiana State University, a Master's in cello performance from Baylor University, and an Artist Diploma from Southern Methodist University. I have performed in various concert halls throughout Europe, the Americas, and Africa as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. In our foundation, I have taught in the public school system with students from k to 12 grades. I have nurtured excellent work relationships and collaboration with my peers throughout my career. From 2016-2022, I was Cello Chair and Professor at the University of Panama, in charge of the cello studio, cello ensemble, and Tough seminar classes on the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and XX Periods.
Previously, as a faculty member at Mountain View College in Dallas, I taught courses in Music Appreciation, Foundations of Music, and Applied Cello. I also coached chamber ensembles and conducted the Chamber String Ensemble. From 2015-2016, I was the Cello Instructor at Miami Dade College-Kendall Campus and Orchestra Conductor at the Miami Music Project and Miami Conservatory. Also, I have created excellent working relations and fructiferous collaborations with my peers.

As the founder and Artistic Director of the Fundación Sinfonía Concertante de Panamá (FUNSINCOPA) and the Alfredo San Malo Music Festival of Panama (ASMF), I have gained substantial teaching experience and refined my skills as a recruiter. Since 2007, FUNSINCOPA has recruited more than 300 Panamanian music students from 4 to 25 years old, where the core of students is from the public school system in Panama. The ASMF recruited over 150 students from countries throughout the Americas. Both organizations have successfully recruited world-class instructors and performers through an extensive network of collaborations and partnerships with international institutions and professionals. The basis for these initiatives is my genuine belief in the transforming power of music. I have also served on the faculty of summer festivals and after-school programs in public schools, music schools, and universities in Panama, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Jamaica, and the United States. These experiences gave me the necessary tools and skills to embrace and enhance inclusiveness and diversity in the curricula.

Isaac Casal