Master Classes by David Roode

In 2013, grant recipient and trombonist David Roode returned to Memphis from London to hold a series of free master classes at Memphis area high schools and colleges. IFS assisted with a $2,000 grant. David, accompanied by his wife, pianist Mika Komuro, found the students to be especially curious about life outside the USA. David states that moving abroad was a life-changing experience for him, and he is passionate about sharing the benefits of international exchange.

"Operalia" Competition for Joshua Guerro

Two years ago, tenor Joshua Guerrero was accepted into Los Angeles Opera’s Young Artist Program. In August 2014 he won second place, and the CulturArte prize, in the International Competition of Placido Domingo’s Operalia.

Since then Joshua has secured management with the CAMI Agency, and will be in Barcelona in January 2015, competing in the Francisco Vinas International Singing Competition.