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Cayambis Sinfonietta.


One of the objectives of the Cayambis Institute for Latin American Studies in Music (CILASiM) is to increase the awareness and appreciation of Latin American classical music. In support of this mission, the Institute operates a professional ensemble, the Cayambis Sinfonietta, which is made up of winds, strings, percussion and piano; in essence, the ensemble is like a miniature orchestra that can effectively perform a wide range of music of different styles and time periods.

Directed by John L. Walker, the group’s repertoire comprises many exclusive works written for the ensemble by leading composers from throughout Latin America as well as carefully prepared arrangements of some of the most important Latin American works from the mid 19th to early 20th century, such as the overture from the opera, Il Guarany, by the Brazilian composer Carlos Antônio Gomes and René Amengual’s Preludio sinfónico.


  • Elizabeth Lantz Crone, flute
  • Eileen Young, clarinet
  • Amber Ferenz Spuller, bassoon
  • Matt Cataldi, piano
  • Al Woltjera, percussion
  • Charley Shafer, violin
  • Lisa Liske-Doorandish, cello
  • John Spuller, string bass


The Sinfonietta’s program, unlike that of any other US-based performance ensemble, consists of a performed history of the development of instrumental music in Latin America from the last quarter of the 19th century to the present day. Across the more than ten pieces that make up the program, the Sinfonietta will demonstrate its versatility by performing a representative cross section of the most important styles over the past one hundred thirty-five years, including Italianate opera overtures, Ecuadorean indigenism, Chilean impressionism, Mexican folklorism, etc., and ending with a delightfully modern take on the tango by Argentine composer Federico Núñez.

Alberto Nepomuceno, Batuque (arr. by Walker).

Your audience will not only enjoy a truly unique concert experience, but also, will gain a greater appreciation of the richness and diversity of Latin America’s classical music.

Technical Requirements.

Adequate lighting; 20’ x 20’ stage; tuned piano, music stands and straight-back chairs without arms.


Because of the ensemble’s unique repertoire, fees may vary slightly, depending on the number of musicians involved.

Concert $4000.00
Concert and Master Class $4400.00
(Travel costs may be additional).


John L. Walker
PO Box 10164
Blacksburg, VA 24062
email: sinfonietta@cilasim.org