Artistic Directors

Beth Ross Buckley, flute, is the Executive Director of Camarada. Ms. Ross-Buckley is an advocate of chamber music and dedicated to her craft. An original founder of Camarada, for 22 years Beth has been the driving force behind this ensemble and has added many new venues, compositions and musicians to its celebrated history.

Ms. Ross-Buckley received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from St. Olaf College and her Masters of Music from the University of Minnesota. Her teachers include Kay Sahlin, Julia Bogorad, Elaine Eagle, Damian Bursill-Hall, Frances Blaisdell and Timothy Day. Ms. Ross-Buckley has been a featured artist at the National Flute Association Convention and Music Teacher’s Association of California. She also performed as Principal flute of the former San Diego Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Nova for 25 years. Beth enjoys performing in local Broadway musical theater productions – including Wicked, Evita and Cinderella. Along with being the executive and artistic director for Camarada, Ms. Ross-Buckley also has a portrait photography business, Beth Ross Buckley Photography. Her other passions include family, friends, reading, and traveling.

Dana Burnett, piano, has been featured with the Eastern Philharmonic, North Carolina, Virginia and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. A former faculty member of UNC Chapel-Hill, Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin, Ms. Burnett was awarded the Alban Berg Fellowship at the Schubert Institute-Austria, and received an Artist Diploma and accompanying prize. She earned her Masters of Music in Performance and Pedagogy from Vanderbilt University and did postgraduate work at Indiana University. For 13 seasons she was an artist teacher at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. Ms. Burnett has performed at Carnegie Hall; the Frick Collection, Pittsburgh, Dame Myra Hess Series, Chicago and Academy of Music, Philadelphia. She is currently a member of the MTAC State convention collaborative artist staff, and on the faculties of the Northern California flute camp and Cal State San Marcos. She has recorded for the Naxos and Arabesque labels and been featured on WHYY, Philadelphia “Fresh Air” and NPR.

Guest Artists 2019-20 Season

Fred Benedetti, guitar, is a full-time professor of music at Grossmont College where he is chair of guitar studies, and is a member of the guitar faculty at San Diego State University. Mr. Benedetti has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, Czech Republic, Japan, and Taiwan. In 1986 Mr. Benedetti was one of twelve performers chosen worldwide to perform in the prestigious Andrés Segovia Master class. As a BMI-affiliated composer, he has written numerous contemporary pieces for the international CD library company Network Productions. As a studio musician for 20 years his playing is featured on over 60 CDs.

Gunnar Biggs, double bass, has been a prominent figure in the Southern California music scene for over forty years. TV appearances include KPBS’ Club Date and the Emmy-award winning documentary, “Three Generations of the Blues.” A former professor at San Diego State University and Palomar College, he has recently retired and continues to teach at Cal State San Marcos, Mira Costa and Palomar College. He was a scholarship student at North Texas State University but left his studies early to take a position with the San Diego Symphony. He has performed and toured with Buddy Rich, Thad Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Barron, Shelley Manne, Jack Sheldon, Don Menza, Charles McPherson, Charlie Byrd, and Peter Sprague. Gunnar is active in the classical world as well as the jazz world and has performed with the San Diego Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra and Orquesta de Baja California. Mr. Biggs has recently finished his own CD, Footprint, featuring all original compositions.

Tango Alma, tango ensemble, Dancers Marizabel Arango and Todd Martin formed Tango Alma in 1999. Their unique chemistry has made them one of the most popular tango performing and teaching couples in California. Their performances have taken them across the continental United States, Hawaii and Mexico, sharing the stage with some of the world’s greatest tango dancers. They bring to the dance not only technical mastery but an ability to flow from sensuality to comedy to sassiness while remaining faithful to the embrace that makes tango the world’s most expressive dance. Marizabel and Todd have extensive backgrounds in classic music, dramatic arts, and other social and ethnic dances including belly dance, hip hop, modern, flamenco and swing dancing. They are recipients of the House of Argentina Millennium Commission 2000 Award for Outstanding Dedication to the Dance and Music of Tango. Performances have included the Las Vegas and New Orleans Tango Conventions as well as appearances with the San Diego Symphony.

David Buckley, violin,  is an experienced chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player. He is currently Co-Concertmaster of the La Jolla Symphony with whom he has also been a featured soloist. He has also performed locally with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Buckley has been featured in all Camarada seasons and has special expertise in flute/violin repertoire. In addition to music, Dr. Buckley is president of Radiology Medical Group and has served as chief of radiology at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Buckley is a summa cum laude graduate of St. Olaf College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His MD is from the University of Minnesota where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. In San Diego he has been honored twice as a top doctor by the members of the San Diego County Medical Society. Dr. Buckley enjoys travel, golf and relaxing by the lake in his home state of Minnesota.

Duncan Moore, percussionist, began playing drums at the age of 8, in his hometown Des Moines, Iowa. He studied with Tom Davis at the University of Iowa and then relocated to San Diego in 1977.  Since then, he has established himself as a busy professional drummer and percussionist in the southern California area working with significant local and nationally known artists. Besides live performances, Duncan maintains a home recording studio where he records drum tracks for numerous jingles, soundtracks and music libraries including recordings for SeaWorld and Disney on Ice shows.  He also records tracks for movies and TV shows such as Cable Guy, Commander and Chief, Search for John Gissing, Kate and Leopold, Mind of the Married Man, and Man about Town.  Additionally, Duncan has performed frequently on ClubDate, an award-winning series on PBS, with Bobby Shew, Mike Wofford, Holly Hofmann, Peter Sprague and Bob Magnusson.  Duncan has taught at numerous jazz camps and clinics, and currently teaches drums at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California.

PeterSpraguePeter Sprague, guitar/composer With his thirty plus years as a professional musician, Peter has evolved into a musical powerhouse, having produced and/or played on over 190 recordings. He has published eleven songbooks of his own music. Peter conducts the majority of his endeavors in Southern California, staying close to his family, and where he is, without

dispute, San Diego’s premier Jazz talent. He has won numerous awards for his artistry including Best Jazz Artist for San Diego. He has worked with some of the greats: Dianna Reeves, Chick Corea, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, and many others too numerous to count. The full list and discography can be found on Peter’s website – We are honored to have Peter join us.

Travis Maril, viola, Violist was a top prize winner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. His performances have been broadcast on NPR‘s “Performance Today” and he has collaborated with chamber music luminaries including the Miró String Quartet, members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and concertmasters of the Cleveland Orchestra and LA Phil. Mr. Maril is on faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University and San Diego State University, where he is coordinator of the string department and co-director of the String Academy, a preparatory school for young musicians. He performs frequently with the San Diego Symphony and as solo violist with musicals at the Old Globe and Civic Theatre. He earned his Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of Southern California, where he was a Trustee Scholar and selected as an Outstanding Graduate, and his Master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.