About Mrs. Ventura

    Vivian Jauma-Ventura studied in the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico until she moved to Jacksonville, Florida in the 1990’s. In Jacksonville, she graduated from the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts receiving a National String Orchestra Award for outstanding dedication and violin performance. She also was a member of the Jacksonville Youth Symphony for many years and was a concerto competition winner who performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra with the Vivaldi 4 Violin Concerto. She has attended various music Festivals throughout the Americas including the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, and the Trujillo World Opera Competition in Peru. As a violinist she has performed on MTV and is a freelance musician throughout the South Florida tri-county area.
     Mrs. Jauma-Ventura received a full scholarship to attend the Florida State University to attain a K-12 Instrumental Music Education Degree. At Florida State, she performed in the Philharmonic, Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestras. During her internship she directed the prestigious Coral Reef High School Orchestras until she acquired her current position as director of Orchestra, and Keyboard at Arvida Middle School in 2004. During her first year at Arvida, she was nominated for Rookie Teacher of the year when the Orchestra had only 32 members in one class with mixed levels.  Currently the orchestra program at Arvida is the largest orchestra program in Miami-Dade with over 200 members and four different orchestra classes. Though competition is not the basis for the program the Arvida Orchestras consistently receive superior ratings at Music Festival evaluations for all levels. 
     Mrs. Ventura was selected to conduct Superintendent Elementary Honor Orchestra in 2009 and 2013.  She was also district chair for the Florida Orchestra Association for from 2011-2013 for Miami-Dade County and received the Award for "Teacher of the Year" for the State of Florida by the American String Teacher Association in 2013.  Mrs. Ventura was "Strings Orchestra" director for the Greater Miami Youth Symphony from 2004-2014 and now is working with a new extra curricular group called MusicAll, directing "Orpheus" Chamber Orchestra.