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9/17- 9/23/2017: Meet the Fellows! Following last week’s successful ticket event, we at IRIS wish to formally introduce our new trio to be this year’s fellows. On this post we will give all followers of IRIS an up close glance at who our fellows really are!

Marcos Santos






  • Violinist
  • Loves banana pudding and looks to search the city to find the best recipe
  • Violin Performance at University of Alabama
  • Born and raised in Bauru, Brazil
  • Attended a music conservatory in Tatui (a 3 hour drive from Bauru)
  • Became a musician at age 6 with the trumpet (used braces as an excuse to quit)
  • At the age of 14 decided to pick of the violin after an inspiring performance of “Gabriel’s Oboe”
  • Went on to study in the US at Southern Mississippi
  • Traveled to New York, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan, New Mexico, and South Carolina

Dara Hankins










  • Cellist
  • Has worked as a freelance musician and private music coach
  • From Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Played piano at the age of 7 but fell in love with the cello just 3 years later
  • Went to The Governor’s School for the Arts in addition to her regular high school load
  • Attended The New England Conservatory of Music and continued her graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music
  • In regards to her move to Memphis, Hankins mentions “I have been relying on public transportation for so long that owning a car may be the hardest change. I grew up in Chesapeake and spent summers in Baton Rouge with my mom’s family. I am happy to be in the south again while pursuing my passion.”

Eugenio Figueroa










  • Violist
  • Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Studied Viola Performance and the Suzuki Method
  • Learned piano from his older sister growing up which helped feed his hunger for music
  • Attended an arts based middle school where he first played and disliked the viola until later high school years
  • Had to decide between studying physics for meteorology or studying to become a musician (Clearly he picked the best choice!)