Choro Online

Our 2023 Workshop in Here!

For those of you who are unable to attend in person, Centrum offers engaging online courses to study from the comforts of home and may be accessed for up to a month after the workshop.  All classes and performances will be broadcasted live in the Pacific Time Zone.


Online Schedule, 2023 Choro Workshop:


Wednesday, 4/19

7:15 – 8:00 *First session. Welcome, short faculty performance.


Thursday, 4/20

9:00 – 10:30 *Group session with all faculty. (Wheeler)

11:00 – 12:25 *Master Class with Dudu Maia.

2:00 – 3:30 *Group session. (Wheeler)

I. Details TBA


Friday, 4/21

9:00 – 10:30 *Group session with all faculty. Group session with all faculty. (Wheeler)

2:00 – 3:30 *Master Class with Douglas Lora

Saturday, 4/22

9:00 – 10:00 *Group Session.(Wheeler)

Details TBA

1:30 – 2:45 *Master Class with Anat Cohen

7:30 pm *Concert by Faculty. (Wheeler)


Sunday, 4/23

9:00 – 10:30 *Final session, participant performances. (Wheeler)


The Artists:


Dudu Maia brings a lifetime of research and study of Brazil’s greatest musical traditions to his work. A virtuoso of the bandolim (a Portuguese version of the mandolin), Dudu served for five years as the bandolim professor of Brazil’s most respected Choro school, the Escola Brasileira de Choro Raphael Rabello in Brasília. He is known for his soulful style, unique touch and his mastery of the 10-stringed bandolim, which has two more strings than the standard bandolim, expanding its musical range and harmonic possibilities. He has developed his own method of teaching the bandolim and travels extensively throughout the world teaching and performing.

Anat Cohen has been declared Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association every year since 2007 and has also been named the top clarinetist in both the readers and critics polls in DownBeat for multiple years running, and in 2009, ASCAP awarded her a Wall of Fame prize for composition and musicianship, among other honors.


Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. He was an integral part of Pascoal’s group from 1977 to 1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records.


Composer and guitarist Douglas Lora moves with versatility between classical and popular music, and has been established as one of the most prominent artists of his generation. A member of the Brasil Guitar Duo (with Joao Luiz) for more than fifteen years, and seven-string guitarist of the choro and samba band Caraivana, Douglas Lora has a full touring schedule worldwide, and has collaborated with artists including Paquito d’Rivera, Marco Pereira, Jovino Santos Neto, Ney Rosauro, Marina Piccinini, and many others.


Alexandre Lora moves easily within different styles of Brazilian popular music, performing as a drummer and percussionist. He has been on the faculty of Centrum’s Choro Workshop since 2012. He has performed extensively in Europe including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and a tour of 33 cities in Spain. With Trio Brasileiro he has performed in major US cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Miami and Portland.


Daniela Spielmann has been part of the Brazilian choro scene since 1998 as a saxophonist, flutist, composer and arranger. Her music is current and at the same time respectful of the great Brazilian composers of the past. Her first CD as a member of the choro ensemble Rabo de Lagartixa (Gecko´s Tail) was given a critics’ the best instrumental CD of the year and in 2002 her first solo album, Brazilian Breath, was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Since then she released seven CD’s, the newest of which, Sopros Brasileiros will be out in 2017.


Things to know:

  1. Cost is $150. For this you’ll be able to participate in three classes, and view recordings for one month after the workshop.
  2. These will be live classes from the in-person Brazilian Choro Workshop on the Zoom platform.