About aperio

/aˈpe.ri.o/ verb [lat] 1: to open, reveal, or unveil

2: to hear with new understanding


Aperio, Music of the Americas is a Houston-based ensemble dedicated to presenting unique chamber music in performances that showcase contemporary composers from the Americas.

Through an interactive performance format, the ensemble's programming examines the art music of South and North America, focusing particularly on musical contributions drawn from many indigenous and foreign cultures. Aperio advocates for the creation and promotion of new works by both emerging and established composers, often exploring the relationship between selected repertoire and other art forms.

In the spirit of this mission, the organization is committed to expanding classical music audiences through extensive community and educational outreach programs, with a particular focus on underserved communities in the Houston area.   

Board of Directors

            Advisory Board

Allison Ayers
Carlos Bacino
Isabelle Ganz
MaryScott Hagle
Richard Holley
Fredericka Hunter
David W. Jones
Chris Lukens
Libbie Masterson
Mariquita Masterson
Kenn McLaughlin
Jack Moriniere
Timothy O'Keefe
Ben Stevenson

Michael Zuraw, DMA
President & Artistic Director

Brad Thien

Daniel Saenz, DMA

Joan R. Brochstein
Marina Christensen
María Inés Sicardi

Directors at Large

Marlon Chen
Resident Conductor


Thank you to those whose generous support has made it all possible. Click here to see a list of current donors