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Francesca Cayla Castro is a young Jazz Guitarist and Vocalist from Chicago, Illinois. She is most known for scatting and improvising on guitar simultaneously. She also plays violin and piano as secondary instruments. Although her main genre is Jazz she comes from a Rock, Pop, Blues, and Classical background. 

Francesca is currently a freshman at Berklee College of Music with a full scholarship and is a winner of the 2018 Berklee Guitar Department Achievement award. She was selected to participate in the orchestra pit for the 2016 IHSTF Allstate Production of RENT as well as the 2017 IMEC Allstate Jazz Combo where she was named one of the “7 best Jazz Improvisers in the state of Illinois”. Castro was also the 2017 first prize winner of the Luminarts Jazz Competition in Chicago. In 2018, she was a National Young Arts Foundation winner for both Jazz guitar and Jazz vocals.