Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble is comprised of founding members: Jose R. Lopez, piano (Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Florida International University), Ross Harbaugh, cello (University of Miami), and Laura Wilcox, viola. This ensemble came together out of a mutual respect for nature and the beautiful Deering Estate with a love to perform chamber music, work with living composers, and interact with history, nature and other art forms. Thanks to The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. and Miami-Dade County Parks, the ensemble has been able to fulfill a unique partnership with The Deering Estate at Cutler. The ensemble is in their eighth season (2014-2015) and through a commitment to excellence in programming and education, the ensemble looks forward to presenting public master-classes and lectures for audiences of all ages. DECE have received numerous award including the Met-Life Foundation/Meet the Composer and from Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, have performed in different venues in Miami-Dade County and in New York City, including a LIVE performance on 91.3 WLRN South Florida’s Arts Beat hosted by Ed Bell.