Debora Sanchez 

Debora Sanchez, Founder and Director

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1980.At the age of six, she initiated her piano studies, and a year later she was accepted at the Conservatory of Music “Guillermo Tomas” in Havana.

Throughout the six years of study with Karelia Moreno at the conservatory, Debora participated in several musical contests, such as “Amadeo Roldan” in which she received mentions and awards of recognition. In 1993, she immigrated to the Dominican Republic where she continued her piano studies at the National Conservatory of Santo Domingo, as a student of Floralba del Monte. Six months later, Debora moved with her family to Miami where she continued her piano studies with Darleen Trujillo, with whom she gave her first solo recital in exile on September of 1994. In 1995 Debora was accepted to the New World School of the Arts as a student of Rodolfo Brito. During the summer of 1995 and 1996 she attended the Eastern Music Festival as a scholarship recipient. At EMF Debora was a student of Philip Hosford, and participated in master classes with Andre-Michel Schub and Randall Hodgkinson.

Mrs. Sanchez has participated in numerous recitals as a soloist, piano accompanist, piano ensemble and in chamber groups, performing at the Lincoln Theater in Miami Beach, at the University of Florida, Florida International University, University of Miami, Steinway Piano Gallery, among others. She was one of the winners of the Performing Arts Division of the Ford Salute to Education scholarship, second place at the 10th Annual Byrd Ensemble Competition in 1997 and a “Friends of the Boca Pops” scholarship competition winner in 1998.

During the summer of 1998 Debora was one of the Sr. Counselors at Camp/Encore Coda in Sweden, ME. She was also one of the private teachers for beginners, Theory teacher for intermediates, piano accompanist for violin students, choir, singers, and musical productions. Since then she worked for several summers as music teacher for Camp Show Time and Camp Entertainment here in Miami.

As a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and President of The Miami Music Teachers Association, which is affiliated with Florida Music Teachers Association & National Music Teachers Association, Debora continues preparing young students in the art of playing the piano. She has discovered her true passion in teaching, and since 1998 she runs her own private piano studio in Miami, preparing students for recitals, competitions and examinations presented by MMTA and National Guild of Piano Teachers. Debora was part of the Piano and Theory faculty at the Miami Conservatory of Music for nine years and was one of the superintendents for the piano division of the Dade County Youth Fair & Exhibition competition for 10 years. In addition, she has served as a judge for the Florida Federation of Music Clubs Auditions as well as for the Youth Fair Competitions. She has also worked as organist/pianist and choir director at St. Matthew Episcopal Church, St. Timothy Catholic Church and St. Louis Catholic Church.

Mrs. Sanchez graduated Cum Laude in the spring of 2003 from Florida International University with a double major in Piano Performance and Music Education and received an award for outstanding academic achievement in Music. She completed her Masters Degree in piano performance at FIU where she received full scholarship and a Teacher Assistant position for two years. From 1997 to 1999 she studied with the internationally acclaimed pianist Susan Starr and Roberta Rust and from 1999 to 2006 she was a student of the world-renowned pianist Kemal Gekic.

Debora’s dream of opening her very own music academy came true in October of 2010 when Encore Music Academy opened its doors to students of all ages for music lessons in every instrument.

Veloce from Suite for Flute and Piano by Claude Bolling

My daughter Ivana has been Debora’s student for two years and she is always happy to come to her piano lessons. Ivana has learned a lot. Sometimes when she practices at home my husband is really surprised. Debora has something that makes her unique and I think it’s her love for music, teaching. She has made Ivana love music and learning something different from school. She has opened another window, another lens to see life throu. She has a contagious good energy and joy that makes Ivana love her piano lessons. For Ivana Encore is like her second home. We love all the teachers and the environment.

Marielba Diaz

Debora has been working with my children for three years. My children love piano and have developed a love of music and the arts all thanks to Debora. She is an amazing teacher!