Joshua Chavira

Joshua Chavira

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Joshua Chavira, Houston graduate vocal performance student at Stephen F. Austin State University, traveled extensively this past summer to study Baroque singing at a prestigious and historic early music program in Urbino, Italy.

The program, Musica Antica, housed more than 400 participants, including dancers, instrumentalists and singers. Participants traveled from Japan, Russia, Jerusalem, France, Spain, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy to take part in the acclaimed program. Chavira was one of only four Americans to participate.

The two-week intense study is designed to help participants from different cultures and backgrounds “improve their knowledge and fulfill their love of the art of early music,” according to Chavira.

Chavira met and performed with talented musicians, studied with well-known professionals in the field and enjoyed traditional Italian cuisine.

“I was overwhelmed with the hospitality of the Italian culture, and the interactions I had with colleagues from all over the world gave me a far deeper understanding of what performing with passion truly means,” he said. “Being around like-minded musicians and beautiful culture for a full two weeks made the experience truly unforgettable.”

Chavira plans to return to Italy next summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Musica Antica and to continue his studies in early music.

To hear one of his performances, attend SFA’s annual choral holiday concert, “Christmas Celebration,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. For ticket information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit

For more information on Chavira, contact him at or (832) 492-6932.