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Gwendolyn Matias-Ryan

Directora Artistica - SA'OAXACA Festival Internacional de Cuerdas Oaxaca

Gwendolyn is a Mexican-American violist who obtained her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in viola performance from Baylor University and more recently obtained a post-graduate viola performance degree at the University of Michigan. She acted as principal violist in the Oaxacan Symphony in 2015-2016 and has participated in prestigious chamber music festivals including Bowdin International Music Festival and Center Stage Strings. She was also the concerto competition winner in the Mid-Texas Symphony Concerto Competition 2013. She was invited to take part in the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy, summer of 2018 and was invited as a guest artist on the Rutenberg Chamber Music Series in Tampa, Florida. In addition to her performance experience, she is a certified Suzuki violin/viola teacher and has taught in both Mexico and the U.S. She recently won a prestigious Mexican cultural grant, (FONCA) for SA'OAXACA, 2021.


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Martha Melisa Moreyra García 

Administrator - SA'OAXACA Oaxaca Strings International Music Festival


Originally from Mexico City, Martha graduated from the Conservatorio Nacional de México with an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance. She has studied under Rosendo Monterrey, Pastor Solís, Arón Bitrán, Mario Lavista and Armando Luna, among others. Her love for chamber music led her to found the Ensamble Cronopios en 2004. She has participated and performed in over 12 theatre productions since 2009 and was a member of the Sinfónica de Oaxaca from 2015 to 2016 under the direction of Juan Trigos. Currently she acts as a member of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río under the direction of Jorge Mester. Martha is also a certified Suzuki teacher and a member of the Suzuki Associations of the Americas and Asociación Suzuki de México (AMMS) and has led various Suzuki coarses in Mexico city and Veracruz. Alongside her music degree, she obtained a degree in Psychology from the UNAM, Campus Ciudad Universitaria.

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María José Salas Alvarado

Administrative Assistant - SA'OAXACA Oaxaca Strings International Music Festival

Born in Irapuato Guanajuato, María completed a Bachelor's degree in Art Studies and Cultural Management at the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes. Throughout her studies she collaborated in the assembly of exhibitions “From the sphere of emptiness” and “Symbol and kingdom” that took place at the Espacio Museum in 2023. At the Regional Museum of History of Aguascalientes she was part of the Educational Communications team and served as a tour guide and workshop leader. María also holds work experience in cultural management. In 2023, she was part of the “Art District” project, a tour of independent galleries located in the center of the city of Aguascalientes. She currently collaborates and assists on the administrative team of the SA’OAXACA International String Festival.

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José Manuel García Viloria


José has produced a wide variety of audio visual media for institutions and private business throughout his professional career. He holds an undergraduate degree in graphic design from the Universidad Mesoamericada de Oaxaca, and a masters degree in type design from Gestalt - Universidad del Diseño en Veracruz (Mexico City Campus).


His interdisciplinary work in web design has led to the development of projects of various natures within the arts and culture sector. José has created graphics and designs for private business and academic institutions such as the Facultad de Bellas Artes of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Oaxaca, editorial design for the Instituto Estatal de Bachilleratos de Oaxaca as well as independent architectural design for FACDEARQ. His involvement in the arts is long standing and has consisted of developing, producing, and working on the promotional team for various artistic groups including the Cuarteto de Cuerdas Xquenda, singer Jazz Matías, tenor Luis Adrián and the internationally recognized trombone player Faustino Díaz. As a designer, he has produced and supervised for international music festivals including the Festival Internacional Guitarrístico EBAUABJO and the Encuentro Nacional de Gestión Cultural México, which was held virtually in its third year. 

Currently, José works as collaborator on an array of digital projects, in addition to being a proud member of the SA’OAXACA team.


Ryszard (Ricardo) Rodys

Coordinator - Fonoteca Juan León Mariscal

Born in Varsovia, Poland, Ricardo studied Organ Performance and Gregorian Chant in the Escuela de Música Sacra de la Arquidiócesis de Varsovia. He was the organist for the Iglesia Madre de Dios Auxilio de los Fieles in Varsovia. He teaches music courses in the Seminario de Oaxaca, has directed the Ciudad de los Niños Choir, and worked in the Historic Organ Institute in Oaxaca. He has participated in multiple research projects including MUSICAT and Ritual Sonoro Catedralicio. Ricardo currently acts as coordinador of the Fonoteca Juan León Mariscal, director of the Oaxacan Cathedral Choir and music professor in the Facultad de Bellas Artes - UABJO. He has resided in Oaxaca since 2003. 

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