John Camacho, Accompanist, was born in Miami, Florida. He began his classical piano studies at the age of five with Margaret Squire. He later studied with Steely Veach, John Signor and Dr. Bair Shagdaron. In addition to his keyboard training, he studied voice with Mr. Paul Eisenhart, and poetry with Denise Duhamel, Dorianne Laux and Campbell McGrath. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University and his poetry is regularly published in magazines and journals across the US and Europe. His original music and songs can be heard in films and TV shows. He has worked as an accompanist for numerous schools and companies including the New World School of the Arts, the Miami City Ballet, Appalachian State University, ZviDance and The Juilliard School. In 2014 he was one of 14 pianists selected to take part in the Dublin International Piano Festival. He is thrilled to be playing for the Portland Ballet Summer Intensive in 2016, and to be reunited with his friends Jim Lane and Nancy Suzanne Davis.