Teachers & Performers Bio Performing Works
Dena Kay Jones
Piano Area Coordinator, Teacher,University of Texas.
Dr. Dena Kay Jones has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Spain, Mexico, Italy and Canada. In addition to maintaining a widely varied repertoire from the standard piano literature, Dr. Jones has focused her energies in the performance and research of Spanish piano repertoire. Her debut album entitled Luces y Sombras: Piano Works by Joaquín Rodrigo was sponsored by the Spanish Embassy in conjunction with U.S. Universities and released in 2007. A second recording project Haunted America Suite was released in 2015 by Summit Records, where she is a collaborative pianist with Jim and Celeste Shearer. A native of the Central Illinois area, Ms. Jones received both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the University of Illinois. Her principal teachers in Illinois were Wilma Zonn, Lydia Artymiw, William Heiles and Andrew DeGrado. In August of 2001, Dena Kay Jones completed the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where she studied with Steinway artist Nohema Fernández. She joined the music faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso in 2002, where she is the Piano Area Coordinator and teaches applied piano, music and culture — as well as chamber piano. She is also on faculty at the Orfeo Summer Music Festival in Vipiteno/Sterzing, Italy.
Mariah Matos-Nuñez is currently a student at the University of Texas at El Paso, majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Applied Piano Studies. She first began playing the piano at the age of four and is now taking lessons with Dr. Dena Kay Jones. Her primary teacher and continued mentor is Mrs. Betty Bassuk. Mariah was associated with the El Paso Music Teachers Association and partook in several performance activities, including Ensemble and Solo performances at the state level. This past summer of 2017, she traveled to Vipiteno/Sterzing, Italy where she participated in the Orfeo Music Festival program. The program enabled her to study and learn music from professors all around the world and perform in master and performance classes. The love and passion she has for the piano is what helps shape her as a person today.
Cristina Melendez Rascon was born in the city of Juárez, Mexico. She started her journey in music with the guidance of Ana Luisa Hernandez Martinez. Cristina is now a part of the Dr. Dena Kay Jones studio at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where she is pursuing a degree in piano performance. Throughout her college career, she has been a participant at the 2016 Summer Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy. Her future projects include the collegiate organization of the Holos Piano Collective and Tocando, an “after-school program that provides music learning and performing opportunities to elementary school students.”
Escenas Poéticas, Book I
Eva y Walter
Danza de la rosa
Cristina Melendez Rascon