“Aunque cada music de “Goza” demuestra muy bien su oficio, un tema aparte es el de la excelente violinista mexicana Karina Hernandez que proveyó otra dimension musical a una rumba flamenca del inmortal Paco de Lucia.”

— Hispanic Newspaper La Voz 2012

Karina Hernandez

ABOUT KARINA

Karina Hernandez, Tampa FL violinist, singer, pianist and educator

Karina Hernandez is a seasoned musician who has spent the last twenty years performing throughout the United States and Mexico. Her extraordinary musicality is matched only by her versatility. Hailing from Mexico City, Mexico, Hernandez is an accomplished violinist, pianist, guitarist and vocalist who continues to captivate crowds with her musical prowess and affable stage presence.

Hernandez’s musical journey began at the age of eight when she entered into intense musical studies that included musical theory, appreciation and history. During this time Karina also began violin lessons, quickly earning her a positions in local orchestras.

Over the next 10 years Hernandez would continue to hone her musical craft. In 2000 Karina moved to the United States where she quickly garnered the attention of bandleaders. After moving to the States she began performing all over the East Coast with a multitude of musical groups ranging in styles from Classical to Salsa. She has worked with Goza, Fiesta del Norte, Rick Reyes and Mariachi las Americas, a group that has had the distinction of performing for President Clinton.

In addition to performing, Karina continued her musical studies, enrolling in the Music Education program at Central Connecticut State University where she studied violin under notable violinist Karin Fagerburgk, formerly of the Hartford Symphony. Karina later relocated to Tampa Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida.

Karina is currently the music director at BridgePrep Academy in Tampa. In addition to teaching, Karina can be seen performing throughout the Tampa area.

Some of Karina’s credits include performances at:

  • Foxwoods Casino
  • Mohegan Sun Casino
  • ESPN
  • Six Flags
  • Connecticut Science Center
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Wadsworth Atheneum
  • NBC Connecticut
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Society Room of Hartford
  • International Festival of Arts
  • Boston Park Plaza
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Mark Twain Museum
  • Budweiser
  • Corona
  • Hartford Public Library
  • Keene State College
  • Assumption College
  • Williams College
  • Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association
  • Foxwoods Casino
  • Mohegan Sun Casino
  • ESPN
  • Six Flags
  • Connecticut Science Center
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Wadsworth Atheneum
  • NBC Connecticut
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Society Room of Hartford
  • International Festival of Arts
  • Boston Park Plaza
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Mark Twain Museum
  • Budweiser
  • Corona
  • Hartford Public Library
  • Keene State College
  • Assumption College
  • Williams College
  • Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association

NEWS

March 2019

In present times, I have been dedicated to composing music for my Christianity faith.

So far, I have four original songs that I have had the privilege of performing in my church, Calvary Baptist Church in Wesley Chapel Florida. In addition, I have also been arranging songs for my students. Some songs include: Stand by Me by Ben E King and Three Little Birds by Bob Marley.

On Saturdays I have been working on a Latin Jazz project with musicians around the area. Our goal is to bring quality live music to dance studios, libraries, museums and schools.

Also, I have the privilege to travel during the year to continue performing with Goza Band in Connecticut and other areas of New England.

News Archive +

March 2019

In present times, I have been dedicated to composing music for my Christianity faith.

So far, I have four original songs that I have had the privilege of performing in my church, Calvary Baptist Church in Wesley Chapel Florida. In addition, I have also been arranging songs for my students. Some songs include: Stand by Me by Ben E King and Three Little Birds by Bob Marley.

On Saturdays I have been working on a Latin Jazz project with musicians around the area. Our goal is to bring quality live music to dance studios, libraries, museums and schools.

Also, I have the privilege to travel during the year to continue performing with Goza Band in Connecticut and other areas of New England.

SHOWS

No shows at this time.

Past Shows +

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Noyes Elementary School
Sudbury, MA

Maynard Library
Maynard, MA

Friday, April 5, 2019
Pittsfield, MA

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
5:00 PM
Gandy Crossing Care Center
4610 South Manhattan Ave
Tampa, FL 33611

Monday, February 18, 2019
11:00 AM
Angel Senior Living at North Tampa
14527 N. Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33612

Saturday, March 2, 2019
Westin Hotel
Campbell Causeway
Tampa, FL

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Boogie Dance Studio
Brandon, FL

MEDIA

TEACHING

Karina Hernandez holds a degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida. She began her teaching career in 2002 at the acclaimed Guakia School of Arts in Hartford, CT where she was a violin, viola, and voice instructor. In 2015 Hernandez relocated to Tampa, Florida where she taught violin, voice, guitar and piano at both the Tampa Fine Arts Academy and Guitar Center. Karina is presently the music director at BridgePrep Academy in Tampa where she teaches instrumental, vocal and general classroom music to students in grades Kindergarten through eighth. Ms. Hernandez is bilingual (English and Spanish) and her training specialties include Kodaly, Orff, and Suzuki disciplines.

Throughout my career I have come to realize that it takes a deep understanding and appreciation of music in order to become an effective teacher. I was fortunate to start my musical studies at such a young age. It was during my childhood years that I learned to feel music before I could even understand it. I joined an orchestra at the age of nine and it was during that time when I completely fell in love with music. I became enamored with the performances, traveling, new friendships and the intellectual growth that came along with making music. Later on, during my teenage years, my devotion to music grew even more. I started practicing more and I became more conscious of my musical development.

Music theory, music history, orchestra, chorus, and music appreciation were just some of the many classes I took during my middle school and high school years. When I turned eighteen I had my first teaching position at Charles Carlyle, a private elementary school in Mexico City. At the age of nineteen I became part of the Mexican Marine Chorus and Orchestra, performing all over Mexico. Up until this point in my life my musical comfort zone was limited to the classical music genre. It wasn’t until sometime later, after moving to the United States, did my exposure to and interest in other musical styles begin to grow. I became immersed in many forms of Jazz and Latin music including samba, salsa, bachata, rumba, cha-cha, cumbia, flamenco, tango, bolero and even mariachi.These years proved to be some of the most formative of my musical career. I learned that a good musical foundation as well as a strong desire to learn will allow you to become proficient in any musical style.

My early introduction to learning music as well as my musical studies have allowed me to become a teacher that knows how to approach music from a more organic perspective. I stress the importance of establishing a good musical foundation, one that includes music literacy, yet I also recognize that it is equally important for students to comprehend music through feel. My students will become comfortable reading, writing and most importantly — hearing music.

—Karina

CONTACT

To contact Karina please send her an email or use the online contact form.
[email protected]

To report an issue with this website please email: [email protected]

Karina Hernandez