Manuel Tábora began his music studies in 2001 at Victoriano López School of Music in his hometown of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He studied violin with Yina Medina, José Iglesias, and Mario Fúnes, graduating with a Music Education degree in 2005. He continued his studies in Topeka, Kansas at Washburn University under Dr. Larisa Elisha, with whom he also studied viola.
Manuel has been a member of Topeka Symphony Orchestra since arriving in 2006. He played in the Honors Fetter String Quartet, with whom he had the distinction of being National Finalist at MTNA’s Collegiate Chamber Music Competition in 2009. Other ensembles he enjoys playing in while at Washburn include Concert Jazz Ensemble and Honors Jazz Combo. In 2010, Manuel represented Honduras playing viola in YOA Orchestra of the Americas in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Tábora won the 2010-11 Washburn University Aria/Concerto Competition which included a performance of the Walton Viola Concerto with the Washburn University Orchestra, and in May, he was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Washburn. This summer, he returns to represent Honduras in YOA Orchestra of the Americas 2011 Mexico Tour. After performing in Days & Nights Festival, Manuel plans to pursue his graduate studies, with the ultimate goal of returning to Latin America to share his knowledge and artistic talent.