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Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- Southeastern Louisiana University music performance graduate student Andres Chavez has organized an international meeting of flutists in Santuario Risaraldo, Colombia, for July 7-10.

Southeastern Louisiana University music performance graduate student Andres Chavez has scheduled an international meeting of flutists in Colombia.

The International Meeting of Flutists at the Cultural and Environmental Festival “A la Sombra del Tatama” is set for July 7-10 in Chavez’s hometown of Santuario Risaraldo and features master classes, conferences and concerts.

Chavez has studied at Southeastern since 2015, where he is a tutor of music and principal flutist of the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra.

He played in the orchestra of the International Festival of Pipers in the World Quito-Ecuador Centre in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and in 2013, he was invited to play in the Flute Orchestra of the Americas.

It was his participation in the International Festival of Pipers that gave him the idea to start a festival in Colombia. He coordinated his first festival in 2014 with CORPOCAM, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable development of agriculture, culture and environment.

“For every country, culture plays an important role in society, and festivals, where people go to learn and share, are necessary to improve our skills and relations in the world,” Chavez said. “After years of negotiations, Colombia is closer than ever to achieving peace, and we need these spaces where people can share and work together.”

For information or to make a donation, email andres.chavez@southeastern.edu.