Colombian soprano Juana Monsalve was born in Medellin. She started her musical journey at a very early age singing in choirs and playing the guitar.
Juana earned her Bachelor’s degree in her hometown at EAFIT University. Later, she was awarded with the Carolina Scholarship to pursue further studies in the Conservatory of the Liceu in Barcelona, Spain. In 2015, she graduated from her Master’s degree at Longy School of Music of Bard College.
She has performed in operas, solo recitals and concerts in several Colombian cities, Barcelona and Boston area. Her opera roles include Lauretta, Belinda, Susanna, Magic flute’s Second lady, and Dido and Aeneas’ First Witch.
Besides being a classical singer, Juana is also a Latin American folk music performer. In 2012, she won the first prize at the Colombian traditional music competition Hatoviejo Cotrafa. She has also been finalist in other Colombian Andean Music and Tango competitions.
Currently, she sings with the Cantata Singers and teaches voice and music at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Codman Academy Charter Public School and ABC Spanish in Motion.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, acoustic and electric bassist Naty Hernandez was born in Medellín, Colombia. She studied at EAFIT University with an emphasis in jazz guitar, and she is currently attending Berklee College of Music.
Her music highlights rhythms from the Andean mountains in Colombia and world music. Hernandez is interested in renewing and supporting traditional music from Latin America by sharing it with new generations. In the last year she has shared stage with great artists as Marta Gómez and María Isabel Saavedra and her song “Manos de Agua” has was listedas one of the Top 20 of “Radio Nacional de Colombia”. She has also toured different cities of Colombia as well as México D.F. and Boston, MA. H