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North Campus Music Learning Center Student is Heading to the Cleveland Institute of Music

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Javier Enrique Ferrer

Miami, June 30, 2010 - As a child in his native Cuba, Javier Enrique Ferrer could easily sing along to the music in cartoons on TV. It came so naturally that he didn’t think much about it. In fact, he assumed everybody else could sing as well.

He never imagined that one day he would be chasing a dream of becoming an acclaimed opera singer at the Cleveland Institute of Music, one of the country’s premiere music schools.     

Ferrer arrived in Miami only five years ago. Without any prior musical instruction, he began voice and piano lessons and earned a spot at New World School of the Arts (NWSA), where he completed his high school studies. During this time, Ferrer also began taking classes at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus Music Learning Center.  

At the Center’s preparatory school, a conservatory-style program on Saturdays, Ferrer honed his singing, guitar and piano playing under the direction of renowned concert pianist Dr. Adolfo Vidal, who directs the Center.           

“I feel lucky to have studied at the [Music Learning Center],” Ferrer said. “The classes were more advanced and challenging and helped me learn faster.”

Now at age 17, Ferrer has been accepted with a scholarship at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music, where he will study voice with internationally acclaimed tenor Vinson Cole. He also received acceptance letters from the Manhattan School of Music, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He was also among only 18 finalists in the world who were selected beyond the first round of auditions at the highly-selective Curtis Institute of Music.     

The Music Learning Center, offered through Community Education at the North Campus, was established six years ago. Classes are available to the community at large, regardless of age, profession or previous training, including ensembles and group classes, guitar, piano, violin, chorus, and many more. The preparatory school offers professional training for musically gifted students ages 8 – 18, who learn to fine tune their skills in ear training, sight singing, music history and theory, among other areas of concentration.     


To register for classes at the North Campus Music Learning Center or for more information, please call 305-237-1407 or visit

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