The College of Arts and Architecture

Miguel Campos III

Miguel Campos playing the cello

Congratulations to second-year master's student Miguel Campos on the publication of his article, "Reflections After An Audition: A Call to Inject Compassion Back into Our Musical Life," in the February 2018 edition of American String Teacher.

Originally from El Paso, TX, Miguel has created a versatile career by identifying as a teacher, cellist, and conductor. He holds the firm belief that music in the modern age requires a great many skills, and he is equally passionate about playing music as he is about teaching and learning how to run an arts organization from behind the scenes. 

Miguel is a student of Kim Cook. His previous teachers include Zuill Bailey, Theodore Buchholz, and David Schepps.  As a cellist, Miguel has had a versatile career as an orchestral musician as well has having performed in jazz quartets and folk bands. He has held cello section positions with the Las Cruces Symphony (NM), Sierra Vista Symphony (AZ), Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble (AZ), Salem Chamber Orchestra (OR), and the Williamsport Symphony (PA). Miguel has also been seen in recital internationally in Mexico and across the United States.  He has performed in masterclasses for Narek Hakhnazaryan, Jeffery Solow, Matt Haimovitz, David Finkel, and Alan Harris.

As a conductor, Miguel has conducted the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and was co-founder of the Pueblo Chamber Orchestra in Tucson, AZ.  Incredibly passionate about teaching, he has served as an orchestra director at schools in Texas, Oregon, and Arizona.  Other professional experience includes having served as the administrative director of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, a program with over 300 hundred students across four orchestras.

Miguel holds a bachelor of music degree cum laude‚Äč from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master’s degree in music education from the University of Arizona where he studied cello with Theodore Buchholz and string music education with Donald Hamann.

To read and download the article, please click on American String Teacher.