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A native of Costa Rica, Raúl is the Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, OR, where he conducts the MYS Symphony Orchestra and its advanced string ensemble MYSfits. Additionally, he holds positions with YOA Orchestra of the Americas and the Premier Orchestral Institute. Since receiving a conducting fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival (2011) and completing doctoral studies at Louisiana State University (2012), he is sought after by professional and youth orchestras around the US and in Latin America. Recent highlights include appearances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, as well as engagements in Mexico, Brazil, and Costa Rica.