A group called the Del Agua String Quartet is in Belize this week for a pair of performances. But the trip is really about teaching and inspiring a love of the violin. Daniela Gongora and Alyssa Berbey are Belizean women who've become accomplished professional string musicians in the United States.They are returning home with two of their teachers to provide instruction in some master classes right back at the place where it all started - the Palotti music program.
Daniela Gongora told us more:
"Today we are having master classes with students of the Pallotti school of music. The students get an opportunity to work with a professor of music from the University of Rhode Island. We tend to enjoy having other professionals give their opinion and their input on what ever the student is working on."
"When you were in that room in the position of those kids, did that feedback from these international masters, did that inseminate in your mind that you could do this for a living."
"Well as a child, yes. Anything is possible right. I think that definitely as a child that did come into my mind and then later on as you get older, I was like 'what was I thinking' and opportunities happen and open some doors and I was able to do that I am actually living that little dream that I had."
"Now, you are now a professional string musician - is that the term? - in the United States."
"So you are paid to play?"
"Paid to play, paid to teach and yes that's what I do for a living."
The string quartet performs on Thursday night at 7:30 at the Mexican institute in Belize City and on Friday at the George price center in Belmopan.