Collin College is mourning the loss of groundbreaking professor Sabine Madriguera.
Madriguera, 42, passed away Feb. 22 after a two-year battle with cancer. She was the director of guitar studies at Collin College, where she started in the fall of 1999. Funeral services are pending, and the flags at all Collin College campuses will be lowered to half-staff in her honor.
“Sabine’s passing is a great loss to Collin College,” said Cary Israel, district president. “She exemplified the caring, hard-working and scholarly standard that we hold true at Collin College for our professors. Her impact on the lives of her students, colleagues and anyone who heard her music is immeasurable.”
Madriguera’s student ensembles at Collin College were highly competitive and even earned top honors at The University of Texas at Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition.
Professor Madriguera held a master’s degree in guitar performance and pedagogy from Hochschule fuer Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, Germany, and she was a member of the advisory board to the Allegro Guitar Society. In 2005 she became the first director of the Guitar Orchestra for Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra. Madriguera had previously taught at The University of Texas at Dallas, Brookhaven College and the Music School Treptow in Berlin, Germany.
Madriguera’s husband, Enric, also teaches guitar at Collin College.
In 1996, Sabine and Enric formed Duo Madriguera and were featured at international festivals in Austria, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Peru and Spain. Duo Madriguera has performed in prestigious halls like the Sala Manuel Ponce in Mexico City and the Teatro Villa de Madrid, for the Sociedad Espanola, which is the guitar society of Madrid. In 2009, Sabine and Enric embarked on a four-city tour of Peru co-sponsored by Partners of the Americas and the U.S. Embassy.
“Sabine was a wonderful professor with a great talent for inspiring students, which stemmed from her passion for music and her natural talent. She will be greatly missed,” said Dr. Colleen Smith, district senior vice president of academic affairs and student development.