Damaris Cordoba hails from Medellin, Columbia and was raised in an Adventist home where she developed an ealry interest in music by witnessing her grandmother playing the lute, her mother as a pianist and singer and her father as a trumpet player. In 1974, Damaris began studying music theory and piano at the “Bellas Artes” music school in Medellin. For several years she served the Adventist church as a pianist and choir director in Medellin and in Venezuela. During the six years she spent in Venezuela, she conducted the Ciudad Ojeda’s Adventist church choir for four years, directed the children’s choir at the secondary school in Barquisimeto, opened the conservatory of music at the same school and also composed the school hymn.

In 1991 she completed a bachelor’s degree in Music Education at the Adventist University in Medellin, “Corporacion Universitaria Adventista” and travelled to Trinidad in that same year to study English.

She began working at the Music Department at the former Caribbean Union College (now USC) in June of 1994. During her tenure at USC, she has taught Applied Piano and Voice as well as several general music courses for the music and education departments. In 2007, Damaris graduated with a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts and is currently an Associate Professor at USC with the desire to further her education with a doctoral degree.