Cicely Winter (Cecilia in Spanish) grew up in the state of Michigan, has lived in Oaxaca since 1972, and became a nationalized Mexican citizen in 2008. She played the piano by ear from the age of four and started piano lessons when she was seven. She studied piano and harpsichord at Smith College and the University of Michigan, where she obtained a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in European History, and later studied piano performance at the post-graduate level in the School of Music at Indiana University.
Her principal teachers were Mischa Kottler, Fritz Steinegger and Leonard Hokanson (piano) and Lory Wallfisch and Elisabeth Wright (harpsichord). She learned to play the organ on her own by listening to concerts, master classes, and recordings of outstanding artists. Nevertheless she does not consider herself an organist in general terms, since she plays only the Oaxacan organs and organs of similar style.
She has presented numerous piano, harpsichord and organ concerts in Oaxaca and other Mexican cities, as a soloist, as part of a duo, and as a participant in chamber groups. Her repertoire includes classical, sacred, and folk music, and various concerts have benefitted community service projects in Oaxaca.
In 2000 the Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca A.C. (IOHIO) was established as a non-profit organization with the support of the philanthropist Alfredo Harp Helú, and since then Cicely has served as the director. The IOHIO’s work includes the protection and conservation of the 72 pipe organs documented to date in the state of Oaxaca, technical and musical training at the local level, promotion of the organs through concerts, masses, and festivals, and historical research. Her work to promote the organs may be appreciated through her CDs “Música Oaxaqueña en el Órgano de la Catedral de Oaxaca” in collaboration with the percussionist Valentín Hernández, and her participation in “Mi Oaxaca”, recorded by the renowned singer Eugenia León.


Joel Antonio Vásquez González  was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and studied in the Escuela de Bellas Artes of the Universidad Autónoma  Benito Juárez de Oaxaca. He later studied piano with Christophe Lafontaine and organ with Cesar Guzmán and Ricardo Rodys in the Music Academy of the Instituto de Órganos Histórico de Oaxaca (IOHIO). In 2008 he studied organ with Rodrigo Treviño in the Escuela Nacional de Música (UNAM). He has participated in the master classes offered by Kimberly Marshall, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini y Guy Bovet during the Organ and Early Music Festivals of the IOHIO.
Since 2009 he has collaborated with the IOHIO in the conservation and documentation of the historic organs in the state of Oaxaca, as well as giving piano and organ classes to the IOHIO scholarship students. He is a member of the group “Schola Cantorum Antequerensis,” dedicated to the promotion of Gregorian chant. He plays the mass regularly in the Oaxaca Cathedral and has been invited to play masses and concerts for local celebrations in the Oaxacan villages with restored organs.


David Antonio Reyes is from Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca. He studied architecture in the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (UABJO). He has worked for two seasons on the restoration project of the Epistle organ in the Mexico City Cathedral, under the supervision of organbuilder Gerhard Grenzing and will continue his apprenticeship in el Papiol, Barcelon, Spain, in 2009 – 2010. David has collaborated with the IOHIO since 2004 in the area of organ conservation and maintenance, as well as architectural drawings.

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