Jose Lara holds a B.A. in music from Southern Connecticut State University. He has been a music educator and ensemble director since 2006 in the New Haven Public Schools and is the current instrumental music teacher for Christopher Columbus Family Academy. Mr. Lara has taught for Yale’s Summer Music Academy and has been a guest artist at the Neighborhood Music School Summer Jazz Intensive since 2006 as well as an ensemble coach. He has performed locally and internationally with ensembles from a variety of genres including classical, jazz, Latin jazz, salsa, merengue, funk and rhythm and blues. Mr. Lara is an active educator and performer.