Honduran violinist and violist Jackson Guillen is the co-founder of the Terra Nostra Ensemble, an innovative chamber music group in Houston that aims to promote and perform music by Latin American and Iberian composers. As an arts entrepreneur Jackson played an important role in the creation and yearly organization of the Encuentro Anual de Cuerdas, a string focused festival that takes place in his hometown Tegucigalpa, Honduras impacting the lives of more than 40 young musicians every year. In 2016 with the support of organization: Da Camera Chamber Music and Jazz, Jackson created the Latin American Arts Festival, a project that aims to educate third graders of dual language elementary schools in Houston about the different art forms by artists, writers, and composers from Latin America.
Dr. Guillen began his musical studies at the National School of Music in Tegucigalpa Honduras under the tutelage of Pascual Garcia and Sergio Rodriguez. Additionally, Jackson completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the University of Southern Mississippi and Texas Tech University where he studied with violinists Dr. Stephen Redfield and Dr. Kirsten Yon respectively. Jackson received his Doctor in Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston where he continued his studies with Dr. Kirsten Yon. He also completed at the same institution, a minor in viola performance with violist Wayne Brooks, Principal Violist of the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
Jackson has performed in venues in United States, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, and Chile. He has appeared with the Honduras Philharmonic Orchestra, the Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra, the Magnolia Chamber Orchestra, the UNAH Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Youth Orchestra of Colombia. Additionally, he has served as Principal Second Violin of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony, and the Symphony of South east Texas (current position). Jackson also serves regularly as guest concertmaster of the Shreveport Symphony in Louisiana. He was also member of the Honduras National Symphony Orchestra, the Honduras Philharmonic Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra in Florida, and Mobile Symphony Orchestra in Alabama. In 2003 and 2012 Jackson was selected to represent Honduras as member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) performing concerts in most of the countries of the American continent.
An avid chamber musician, Jackson completed a two-year Young Artist Fellowship with Da Camera Chamber Music and Jazz. In the same area, he has also worked and collaborated with professional chamber ensembles such as Mercury: The Orchestra Redefined, The Houston Camerata, Musiqa of Houston, the Apollo Chamber Players, Aperio: Music of the Americas, The Magnolia Chamber Orchestra, the Zachow Consort and Players, and the Vivaldi String Quintet (violist).
As an educator, Dr. Guillen is currently the Director of the EL Sistema-based CODA music program of the Houston Youth Symphony, an organization for which Jackson also serves as the Conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra. In addition, in 2017 Jackson joined the faculty of the Music Department at Lone Star College-Tomball in Houston. Mr. Guillen has also been invited as guest artist and clinician to the International Music Festival in Medellin, Colombia, The International Music Festival in Naolinco, Mexico, the Victoria-Bach Festival in Texas, the Quartz Mountain Music Festival in Oklahoma, the Texas Music Festival in Houston, and the Masterworks Festival Orchestra in Maryland. Other Festivals include Masterworks Music Festival in New York, Round Top Music Festival in Texas, and the International Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
In 2012 Jackson was accepted as a member of the first generation of the YOA Global Leaders Program participating in educational missions in Honduras, El Salvador, and Chicago. As member of the Global Leaders Program Jackson also received a fellowship to continuo with community projects in Honduras, and in 2014 Jackson served as a mentor for the new generations of Global Leaders