A LIFE OF MUSIC

Throughout the world some children have the wonderful opportunity to be exposed to many
kinds of music while they are growing in their mothers' wombs. In Colombia where Dora was
born, her parents had intentionally invested their time and talent in learning to play a variety of
instruments and were members of various local choirs. Dora’s parents believed music was the
highest form of art. They wanted their children to have opportunities to learn to play different
instruments, sing and have the joy of making music with others. Even when Dora's mother was
in labor with Dora's grandmother and great-grandmother in attendance, her father welcomed
her into the world by playing recordings of Bach’s Brandemburg concertos during the labor and
delivery. Music became part of Dora's life before she took her first breath.
With parents focused on providing rich musical learning experiences, Dora's childhood included
many opportunities to engage in musical groups and make music in a variety of different
settings. Her father was a music teacher at the Diocesan High School where he directed the
Tuna (a musical tradition from Spain) where Dora as a 4-year old began performing as
tambourine player.

The short story

SOPRANO SINGER

Colombian-American soprano Dora Cardona has been commended for her vocal versatility, musicality, expressiveness and beauty of tone. Dora is a second year Graduate student at UNCG in the area of Vocal Performance under the instruction of Dr. Robert Wells. She was born in Pereira, Colombia where she studied music theory, violin, voice, tiple (Colombia’s National instrument) and guitar with her father and at the city’s conservatory.

 

Upon graduating from High School Dora relocated to Cali, Colombia to continue with her music studies at the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory. During these years she won first prize at many of the Colombian Music festivals at regional and national levels and pioneered the “New Expression” musical movement by premiering, performing and recording the songs of Colombian living composers.

Dora Cardona

Musical trajectory

Dora then moved to Miami, Florida where she continued her vocal training with private teachers and coaches and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University in 2017. She has performed in concerts, recitals, and opera productions in USA, Colombia, Mexico, and Austria. Most recently, Dora performed the role of Pamina for the Greensboro Opera Outreach Program production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute under the direction of David Holey. 

 

Advocating for Colombian and Latin-American music has been at the core of Dora’s mission as a performer. She has always included works of Latin-American composers in her recitals, especially unknown or forgotten works. Now relocated to Greensboro, NC, she looks forward to continue her advocacy and hopes to enrich the cultural scene of the Triad and beyond.  

 

Besides from her performance commitments, Dora maintains a busy schedule as a Bodywork and Massage practitioner. For more information about Dora’s “Massage as Art” practice click here.

Music that is saturated with soul force is the real universal music, understandable by all hearts

Paramahansa Yogananda

AWARDS

& FESTIVALS

All Awards  

Festival du Noveau Cinéma

Best Documentary Feature

Festival du Noveau Cinéma

Best Documentary Feature

Festival du Noveau Cinéma

Best Documentary Feature

Festival du Noveau Cinéma

Best Documentary Feature

Festival du Noveau Cinéma

Best Documentary Feature

Festival du Noveau Cinéma

Best Documentary Feature

Festival du Noveau Cinéma

Best Documentary Feature

Festival du Noveau Cinéma

Best Documentary Feature

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