Mr. Tafoya - Orchestra Director
Mr. Tafoya has been teaching at Santa Fe High School for 3 years. This will be his 4th year at Santa Fe High, and his 3rd year teaching orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Music from Santa Fe University of Art & Design with emphases in World Music and Violin Performance. In addition to teaching orchestra, Mr. Tafoya is the violin instructor for the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association's Mariachi Program, plays violin with local group Mariachi Sonidos del Monte, who recently put out their first studio album, teaches violin privately, and is Orchestra Vice-President for the North Central New Mexico Music Educators Association.
Mr. Tafoya has a strong passion for violin and for working with young students. He believes that all students have the potential to perform at a high level and continues to increase the quality of musicianship produced through the SFHS Orchestra Program.
Since Mr. Tafoya has taken over the program, numbers have increased from 30 in the entire program to nearly 70 students in the program.
Mr. Tafoya enjoys instilling strong musical values in his students and wishes to continue to inspire young musicians through his teaching.