MM Candidate in Wind Conducting
BM, University of Central Florida
Originally from Bayamón, Puerto Rico and based in Central Florida, Juan Berrios has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a performer and educator. Known for his great versatility, Juan has performed with a variety of musical ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to big bands and British style brass bands, as well as a chamber musician, soloist, and conductor. A member of the renowned Dallas Brass since 2010, Juan has performed countless concerts and educational clinics across the country, has shared the stage with many of today’s most notable brass musicians performing with groups such as the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Boston Brass and Brass All-Stars Big Band. In addition, he has had the pleasure of performing with many of Florida’s finest ensembles, such as the Sarasota Orchestra, Nu Deco Ensemble, Orlando Philharmonic and Disney’s Candlelight Orchestra to name a few, and as guest principal horn with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic.
A passionate educator, Juan enjoys working with students of all ages in various musical settings. He frequently serves as a private teacher, brass instructor, guest artist/clinician, and conductor throughout the year, presenting clinics, masterclasses, leading rehearsals, chamber music coachings, or as a guest performer/lecturer at middle schools, high schools, and colleges/ universities. Juan is a member of the faculty at the Fredericksburg Brass Institute in Fredericksburg, VA, a yearly week-long intensive brass chamber music festival. His responsibilities at the FBI have included performing in the faculty brass ensemble, coaching chamber ensembles, and conducting large ensembles.
Currently pursuing a Masters in Music in Wind Conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, Juan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida, where he was the recipient of several awards including the Presser Foundation Scholarship and the Performance Excellence Award. He has spent summers as a fellow/full-scholarship recipient at the Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and has participated in the Kansas City Conducting Symposium at UMKC, as well as the Instrumental Conducting Clinic at the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music.
When not performing or teaching, Juan enjoys bowling, cooking, and spending time with his wife, Anielka, who is a flute player and elementary school music teacher.