Luis Mojica, Executive Director
Luis Mojica completed his doctoral degree in music administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and studied music composition & orchestration independently with Latin pianist Charlie Palmieri and Pulitzer Prize winner David Del Tredici. He has worked as producer, arranger, composer, and orchestrator with such artists as Eddie Palmieri, Donald Harrison, Frank London, Ray Santos, and Olu Dara among others. Luis has worked at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music as Artistic Director, Dean of the Preparatory School at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Dean of the School of Education at the Metropolitan University in Puerto Rico, Chancellor of Caribbean University in Puerto Rico, and Educational Consultant for the National Educational Reform in Mexico from 2017 to 2018. Luis founded the MMG in 1996 and served as the Executive Director of the Multicultural Music Group until 2004, when he had a seven year leave for outside professional services and returned to MMG as consultant in 2011 and to the ED position in 2018.
Ali Bello, Orchestra Conductor & Artistic Director
Ali Bello is the Artistic Director of the Multicultural Music Group and main conductor of the MMG Orchestra. Venezuelan born Ali Bello, has become one of the most dazzling and sought-after violinists, distinguishing himself for his versatility among different music styles in addition to his well-found classical training and multidimensional improvisational skills. His violin has backed up amazing singers of the stature of Mercedes Sosa, Susana Baca, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Alejandro Fernández, and Cheo Feliciano among others. Mr. Bello is currently finishing his doctoral studies in Administration and Supervision at Metropolitan University in Puerto Rico and playing as guest soloist with different artists at the international level; 2022 was Ali’s first year as Artistic Director and his 12th year as Main Conductor with the MMG Orchestra.
Ivan Rosales, Administrative Director
Ivan Rosales is the Administrative Director of the Multicultural Music Group since 1999. Ivan is a graduate of Queens College with MBA and a minor in music performance. Mr. Rosales currently works as an event consultant with the Bronx Arts Ensemble and the Bronx Symphony Orchestra. Ivan currently manages the MMG payroll, bookkeeping, and financial reports to the MMG Board. He has been the fiscal consultant for all our grant proposals and manages all the contracting and hiring process for faculty, staff, and volunteer services at MMG.
Alec Castro, MME Coordinator & Percussion Chair
Timofei Rosales, SYP Coordinator, Lower String Chair & Instructor
Pete Nater, Upper Brass Chair & Instructor
Dave Chamberlain, Lower Brass Chair & Instructor
Olga Chernigova, Upper String Chair & Instructor
Morgan Papas, Upper Woodwind Chair & Instructor
Peter Miranda, Lower Woodwind Chair & Instructor