INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR CHORAL MUSIC Latin American Choral Development Committee Cristian Grases, Chair

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Latin American Choral Development Committee Cristian Grases, Chair


Overall Purpose

Identify chorally-weak areas of Latin America and provide support in their development.

Basic Goals (for each country):

1. Contribute to the creation and/or development of educational structures (for both conductors/teachers and singers)

2. Contribute to the creation and/or development of professional membership associations

These goals will take time to achieve, and the committee work needs to be systematically organized in phases.

The presence of IFCM in Latin America is very week (according to the number of members reported by Nadine). We should:

• Team up with young professionals

• Create an event to elevate our recognition in the area

• Decrease cost of membership and/or create programs to attract professionals Phase 1

Create a working structure for the entire area of Latin America. This structure has five regions, and each region has a leader that is a part of my working committee. The regions are as follows:

A. Norte y Centroamérica (North and Central America)

a. Countries: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

b. Coordinator: Ana Patricia Carbajal (Mexico) B. El Caribe (The Caribbean)

a. Countries: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas, and all the Lesser Antilles

b. Coordinator: Maibel Troia (Venezuela/USA) C. Brazil

a. Country: Brazil

b. Coordinator: Eduardo Nóbrega (Brazil) D. Norte de Los Andes (Northern Andes)

a. Countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Surinam, and French Guiana]

b. Coordinator: María Fernanda Pereda (Venezuela) E. Cono Sur (Southern Cone)

a. Countries: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay b. Coordinator: Oscar Escalada (Argentina)


Phase 2

Identification of working structures. That is, programs and associations that are currently working properly that could serve as departing points and/or models for other countries. We are looking at:

• professional member associations

• Universities with conducting programs

• Non-profit organizations that regularly organize workshops for conductors

• Choral organizations and ensembles (all ages)

Phase 3 (not yet started)

Identify one location in each one of the five regions that needs development and initiate coordinated efforts to create a self-sustainable development platform (perhaps based on some of the models that we find in Phase 1)


REPORTS (as of August, 2020)

Norte y Centroamérica (North and Central America)


A Choral Organizations and Ensembles:

i. Costa Rica

a. Coro de Cámara Sura (Angela María Cordero) ii. Guatemala

a. Proyecto CORODEMIA (Fernando Archila) iii. Mexico

a. Voce in Tempore 1. Choral Bulletin

2. Radio Program (one hour a week)

3. Organizes Festivals and concerts (i.e. Festival de Coros de Merida and Festival Tlaxcala Canta)

4. Collaborations with foreign choral groups

5. Choral Conducting programs and workshops with recognized degrees b. FLADEMMEX (Music Education association)

c. Coral Normalista de Puebla (Jorge Altieri) iv. Panamá

a. Música Vova

b. Coro Polifónico de Panamá (Electra Castillo)

B Professional Associations:

i. Costa Rica


b. ACDA, Costa Rica Chapter ii. Guatemala

a. None reported iii. Mexico

a. There have been numerous attempts to create a Mexican professional association, but these have failed. Most the choirs and choral conductors interact in conjunction with Voce in Tempore

iv. Panama

a. Asociación Música Viva C Choral Leaders:

i. Costa Rica

a. Angela María Cordero ii. Guatemala

a. Fernando Archila b. Julio Julián iii. Mexico

a. Ana Patricia Carbajal b. Gerardo Rábago Palafox c. Jorge Altieri

d. Jorge Córdova Valencia e. Jorge Cózatl

iv. Panamá


a. Electra Castillo

D Universities and conservatories with conducting programs:

i. Costa Rica

a. Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica ii. Guatemala

a. None reported iii. Mexico

a. There are some conservatories and universities that offer degrees in Choral Conducting. They are few and their programs contain older curricula.

iv. Panamá

a. None reported

E Festivals:

i. Costa Rica

a. Costa Rica International Choral Festival for Peace (3rd edition) ii. Guatemala

a. Festival internacional de Coros de la Escuela Municipal de Música (1st edition) iii. Mexico

a. World Choral Festival in Puebla

b. Tlaxcala Canta Festival (choir competition) iv. Panama

a. Asociación Música Viva


➢ There will be a small symposium in Costa Rica that might spark the creation of a new professional organization for north and central America. This effort is connected to the National University of Costa Rica (David Ramirez). Some of the leaders from the region that will be in attendance are: Reyna Somarriba (Nicaragua), Julio Cesar Santo (Guatemala), Felix Azurdia (Guatemala), Serafin Zapata Junior (Panamá)

➢ Mexico has an impoertant government support for choral activity through the National System for the Promotion of the Arts, run by Alejandro León Islas and CONACULTA (National Center for the Arts)


El Caribe (The Caribbean)


A Choral Organizations and Ensembles:

i. Bahamas

a. Bel Canto Singers

b. Cathedral Children Choir (Adrian Archer, cond.) c. Highgrove Singers (Adrian Archer, cond.) d. Cob Concert Choir

e. The Bahamas Music Conservatory (Joanne Connaughton, cond.)

f. The Bahamas National Children Choir (Patricia Bazard and Audrey Dean, Cond.)

g. The Bahamas National Youth Choir (Cleophas Adderley, cond.) ii. Cuba

a. Coro Nacional de Cuba (Digna Guerra)

b. Matanzas Chamber Choir (José Antonio Méndez) c. Exaudi Chamber Choir (María Felicia Pérez)

d. Schola Cantorum Coralina Chamber Choir (Alina Orraca) e. Grupo Vocal Leo (Corina Campo)

f. Camagüey Professional Choir (Emilia Díaz Chávez) g. Bacterias of Cuba Choir (Digna Guerra)

h. Entrevoces Chamber Choir (Digna Guerra) i. Orfeón Santiago (Daria Abreu Feraud) j. Bayamo Choir (Mercedes Gómez Paomier) k. Vocal Sampling (René Baños)

l. Elementary Music School Alejandro García Caturla m. Elementary Music School Manuel Samuell

n. Elementary Music School Paulita Concepción o. Elementary Music School Gerardo Guanche p. Elementary Music School Guillermo Tomás q. Coro Lírico

r. Habana University Choir s. Habana National School of Art t. Cantores de Cienfuegos

u. Amadeo Roldán Conservatory v. Superior Institute of Art of Habana

w. National School of Music, West Headquarter

x. Los Clásicos Group. Agencia Artística de Artes Escénicas iii. Dominican Republic

a. Choirs and Institutions belonging to the Ministry of Culture:

1. National Choir (Elioenai Medina) 2. Koribe Choir (Nadia Nicola) 3. Elemental School of Music b. Institutional Choirs:

1. “Vive en Armonía a través de las Artes” Foundation Children and Youth Choirs

2. “Fiesta Clásica” Foundation Children and Youth Choirs 3. Police Department Choir

4. Da Capo Vocal Group 5. Matices


6. Orfeón Santiago de los Caballeros 7. National Conservatory of Music 8. Children Choir of Santo Domingo

9. Chorus of the Primate Cathedral of America 10. Coro Capullos

11. Fundación Sinfonía

12. Academia de Formación Artística Amaury Sánchez 13. Art Canto Harmony School of Music

14. Centro Académico de Formación Roraima 15. Centro de Educación Musical Moderna 16. Educación Musical Diná

c. University Choirs

1. National University Pedro Henriquez Urea 2. Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Choir iv. Haiti

a. Pentecostal Church Choir

b. Evangelical Reformed Church Choir

c. The System of Orchestras and Choirs of Haiti

d. Voices of Haiti (Malcolm J. Merriweather and Eugene Kohn) v. Jamaica

a. Jamaica Youth Chorale (Gregory Simms) b. Jamaica Methodist Youth Chorale c. Boulevard Baptist Church's Choir

d. Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Choir e. Choir and the Cari-Folk Singers Choir

f. The Eastwood Park New Testament Church of God Choir g. Faith Cathedral Deliverance Centre Choir

h. Faith Chapel of Faith Apostolic Ministries Choir i. Jamaica Evangelistic Association Choir

j. Kencot Christian Fellowship Choir k. McDonald Lane New Testament Choir l. A Capella Choir

m. Old Harbour high School Choir

n. Escarpment Road New Testament Church of God Choir o. Anglican Church Choir

p. Town Hall Gospel Choir

q. The Kingston College Chapel Choir

r. Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville s. International University of the Caribbean

t. The University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica Choir vi. Puerto Rico

a. University of Puerto Rico:

1. UPR Ríos Piedras campus Choir

2. Coralia, Concert Choir, Ríos Piedras campus 3. UPR Carolina campus Choir

4. UPR Aguadilla campus Choir 5. UPR Arecibo campus Choir


6. UPR Bayamón campus Choir 7. UPR Cayey campus Choir 8. UPR Humacao campus Choir 9. UPR Mayagüez campus, Choir 10. UPR Utuado campus Choir 11. Medical Science Campus Choir

b. Community School of Science and Mathematics University Gardens Choir c. Sagrado Corazón University Choir

d. Pontificia Catholic University Choir

e. Interamericana University Concert Choir and Chamber Choir f. Adventist University Choir

g. Turabo University Choir

h. Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico:

1. Conservatory Choir 2. Chamber Choir

i. Puerto Rico Youth Choir, El Sistema

j. Free School of Music, Escuela Libre de Música Ernesto Ramos Antonini:

1. Concert Choir 2. Superior Choir 3. Intermediate Choir

k. Escuela Libre de Música Juan Morell Campos, Ponce l. Escuela Libre de Música de Arecibo

m. Escuela Libre de Música Antonio Paoli de Caguas Escuela del Departamento de Educación.

n. Asociación Pro-Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico o. Asociación de Maestros Choir

p. Orfeón Caribeño Randy Juarbe q. Ponce Children Choir

r. Ponce Municipal Choir

s. Alumni Choir of the Dr. Rafael Pujals School t. Ponce High School Choir

u. Ars Vocalis Choir

v. Orfeón San Juan Bautista (Alejandro Tapia Santiago and Guarionex Morales Matos)

w. Polifonía Coral de Puerto Rico (Joamel González Soto)

B Professional Associations:

i. Bahamas

a. None reported ii. Cuba

a. National Choral Development Program (Digna Guerra, President) iii. Dominican Republic

a. None reported iv. Haiti

a. None reported


v. Jamaica

a. Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica vi. Puerto Rico

a. None reported

C Choral Leaders:

i. Bahamas

a. Adrian Archer b. Joanne Connaughton c. Patricia Bazard d. Audrey Dean e. Cleophas Adderley ii. Cuba

a. Digna Guerra

b. José Antonio Méndez c. María Felicia Pérez d. Alina Orraca e. Corina Campo f. Emilia Díaz Chávez g. Daria Abreu Feraud h. Mercedes Gómez Paomier i. René Baños

iii. Dominican Republic a. Elioenai Medina b. Nadia Nicola iv. Haiti

a. Malcolm J. Merriweather and Eugene Kohn v. Jamaica

a. Gregory Simms vi. Puerto Rico

a. Alejandro Tapia Santiago b. Guarionex Morales Matos c. Joamel González Soto

D Universities and conservatories with conducting programs:

i. Bahamas

a. Bahamas Music Conservatory

b. College of the Bahamas (grants the equivalent of a Bachelor of Music Education)

ii. Cuba

a. Escuela Nacional de Música (ENA) b. Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán c. Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA) iii. Dominican Republic

a. None reported


iv. Haiti

a. Sainte Trinité of Prince Port School of Music

b. Alpha School (children receive music classes, but they don't have choirs) v. Jamaica

a. School of Music. Edna Manley College of the Visual Performing Arts (they have a bachelor degree without choral music on the syllabus)

vi. Puerto Rico

a. University of Puerto Rico: Bachelor of Music in Musical Education (choral conducting instruction)

b. Interamericana University: Master in Music and Master in Music Education c. Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico (offer Bachelor of Music Education with

one semester of Choral Conducting) E Festivals:


➢ Education was created by Fidel Castro as a system totally operated by the state and

prohibiting the operation of private institutions. Studies of choral conducting in Cuba start from the elementary school, which is designed by levels. The last two years of the elementary level, and after being selected by the teaching staff, they further prepare the children that have formal piano classes in choral techniques. All the elementary schools have their own choir and music teacher.

➢ The educational system is based on the French system and is governed by the Haiti ministry of education. More than half of its population is illiterate. 90% of their schools are private.

➢ The Jamaican Educational System is administered by the Ministry of Education. Higher education is taught by public or private institutions, where we do not find subjects related to music. Television Jamaica promotes a contest call “All together Sing”. Is Jamaica’s premier high school choir competition. Choirs compete each week for the chance to proclaim itself Jamaica’s best high school choir.

➢ The education system of Puerto Rico is integrated into the American system. There are 47 universities. University of Puerto Rico (UPR) is the main public university system of Puerto Rico and a government-owned corporation of Puerto Rico, which consists of eleven campuses.

➢ Initial interaction between Puerto Rican professionals and ACDA to try to establish a Puerto Rican chapter of ACDA (probably affiliated to the Southern Region of ACDA)

➢ Education in the Dominican Republic is provided by the state in three options: general, academic, or professional technical. The higher level comprises private institutes and

universities. Musical studies focus on the development of their popular music. Although the Ministry of Culture has two professional choirs and the elementary school of music, it has no public policy for the development of choral activities on the island.

➢ More information contained in Maibel Troia’s first report




Regions of Brazil

1. Center-West Region: states of Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso del Sur, and District Capital 2. Northeastern Region: states of Piauí, Maranhão, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba,

Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe, and Bahia

3. Northern Region: states of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, and Tocantins

4. Southeastern Region: states of Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Río de Janeiro, and São Paulo 5. Southern Region: states of Paraná, Río Grande do Sul, and Santa Catarina

A Choral Organizations and Ensembles:

i. Center-West Region:

ii. Northeastern Region:

a. Coral Universitário Gazzi de Sá Universidade Federal da Paraíba (Paraíba) b. Coro Villa Lobos (Paraíba)

c. Coral da Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (Pernanbuco) d. Coral Canto no Ponto (Pernambuco)

e. Coro UNIPÊ (Paraíba)

f. Madrigal UFRN, Universidade Federal da Paraíba (Paraíba) g. Coral SÃO João (Maranhão)

h. Coral Vozes do Recife (Recife)

i. Grupo Blue jeans, Conservatório Pernambucano de Musica (Pernambuco) j. Grupo vocal vivace (Sergipe)

k. Corubal (Maceió) l. Embracanto (Maceió)

m. Coral Infanto juvenil neojibá (Salvador)


iii. Northern Region iv. Southeastern Region

v. Southern Region B Professional Associations:

i. Center-West Region:

a. None reported ii. Northeastern Region:

a. Non reported iii. Northern Region:

a. None reported iv. Southeastern Region

a. None reported v. South Region

a. None reported C Choral Leaders:

i. Northeastern Region:

a. Eduardo Nóbrega (João Pessoa) ii. Other Regions:

a. Giselle Cruz b. Sergio Sansão c. Roberto Fabri d. Eduardo Lakschevitz

D Universities and conservatories with conducting programs:

i. Northeastern Region:

a. No formal Graduate studies on choral conducting. Just three subjects (Choral Singing, Choral Conducting I, and Choral Conducting II) within the Music Education major; taught over one semester

b. No known studies in conservatories within this region E Festivals:

i. Northeastern Region:

a. Festival Paraibano de Coros (FEPAC): 17th edition (third week of November).

Coordinated by Eduardo Nóbrega. Happens in the city of João Pessoa.

b. Enconat - encontro de Corais de Natal: Happens in November, in the city of Natal.

c. FENACE (Festival Nacional de Corais de empresas): Open to all choirs.

Happens in October, in the city of Recife.

d. ENCORAL: International festival that happens at the end of September, in the city of Maceió.

e. CANTACAJU: National festival. Happens in September, in the city of Sergipe.

f. Encontro de Corais do recôncavo Baiano: Happens in November, in the city of Bahia.

g. FESTCOROSBAHIA: International festival. Happens in October, in the city of Salvador.


h. Encontro de Corais da Justiça Federal da Bahia: National festival of choirs associated to the Justice System. It happens in the city of Salvador.

i. Encontro de Corais do SESC: Local festival that happens in October, in the city of João Pessoa.

j. Festival Internacional de Corais de Fortaleza: Happens in August, in the city of Fortaleza.

k. FEMACO (Festival Maranhense de Coros): National festival that happens in August. It is in its 34th edition.

ii. Southeastern Region

a. International Choral Festivals (Metropolis, Minas Gerais, or Curitiva) iii. South Region

a. Choral Festival of Rio Grande do Sul (39th edition)


➢ Other regions that need to be explored and mapped


Norte de Los Andes (Northern Andes)


A Choral Organizations and Ensembles:

i. Bolivia

a. Santa Cruz

1. Coro Municipal Santa Cecilia 2. Coro Infantil Voces del Cielo 3. Coro Infantil Porta Coeli

4. Miembros del Coro del Instituto Técnico Interc. De Música de Santa Cruz

5. Miembros de la Universidad Católica Boliviana 6. Miembros del Instituto Superior de Bellas Artes 7. Miembros de la Universidad Evangélica Boliviana ii. Colombia

a. Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá (Coro Sinfónico, Programa 40 x 40 en Escuelas en toda la ciudad de Bogotá)

b. Tonos Humanos (Cecilia Espinosa) iii. Ecuador (choral and orchestral organizations)

a. Quito:

1. FOSJE. Dir. Patricio Aizaga b. Riobamba:

1. Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Riobamba Dir. Juan Carlos Ruales 2. Coro de la Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Riobamba: Dir. Andrés


3. Coros Quichua del pueblo Puruhua Dir.Andrés Campos.

4. Alcaldía de Riobamba. Pablo Luis Narváez Director de Gestión Cultural. (Sponsor of many educational projects) c. Ambato:

1. Proyecto Orquestal y Coral bajo el Patrocinio del Ministerio de Educación.

d. Loja:

1. Proyectos Musicales de la Alcaldía de Loja.

2. Alcalde: José Bolívar Castillo Vivanco,

3. Orquesta Son Especial

4. Coro Municipal de Loja Dir. Luis Morocho 5. Orquesta Infantil de Loja: Dir Nueri Sánchez 6. Orquesta Sinfónica de Loja: Dir: Nuery Sánchez e. Guayaquil:

1. Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayas

2. Proyecto Huancavilca Dir. Musical Jorge Layana Dir. Ejecutivo Juan Francisco Villafuerte,

iv. Perú

a. Sinfonía por el Perú v. Suriname

a. The choral movement is not very developed. The majority of the choral activity is associated with churches and cults.


b. The choral organization with the longest history is “Coro Masculino de Maranatha” (Maranatha Men’s Choir). It was founded around 74 years ago.

c. Other choral organizations:

1. Suriname Mannenkoor

2. Maranatha Internacional Choirs 3. Suriname LDS Christmas Choir 4. Coro de niños AMB Kriabe

5. Coro infantil del conservatorio de Surinam 6. Cathedral Choir School, Surinam

7. The Surinam Gospel Choir

8. Ensamble Vocal Kokriki, Suriname vi. Venezuela

a. Fundación Schola Cantorum (Centro Nacional de Canto Coral, Programa Construir Cantando en escuelas de Miranda, Distrito Federal, Trujillo. Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, Scholas Juveniles en Chacao, Trujillo y Nacional) b. El Sistema (Núcleos de formación coral infantil y juvenil en todo el país. Coro

Sinfónico Nacional, Red de Coros Juveniles)

c. Fundación Aequalis (Coros de la fundación, Concurso Coral Internacional Alberto Grau)

d. Fundación Cantoría de Mérida

e. Fundaescucharte (in the state of Barquisimeto)

B Professional Associations:

i. Bolivia

a. None reported ii. Colombia

a. Colombia has a National Association of Choirs b. Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá:

1. Coro Filarmónico Juvenil e Infantil 2. Coral Santa Cecilia

3. School choirs (Sandra Patricia Rodríguez) c. Secretaría de Educación de Bogotá:

1. School choirs (María Teresa Guillén)

d. Corfocoral (independent choirs) (Sandra Patricia Rodríguez and Caro López) e.

iii. Ecuador

a. None reported iv. Perú

a. None reported v. Venezuela

a. None reported

C Choral Leaders:

i. Colombia

a. City of Cali: Felipe Martínez Rojas. Mensajeros de Esperanza/Notas de Paz


b. City of Popayan: María Teresa Potes y Felipe Estrada. Fundación TiTiTa c. Jorge Zorro

d. María Beatríz Girado de Calle (aka: La Bata) e. Cecilia Espinosa

f. Sandra Patricia Rodríguez g. Caro López

h. María Teresa Guillén ii. Peru

a. Wilfredo Tarazona Padilla. Jefe del Proyecto en Perú. Teléfono: 0051- 991347197. Email:

b. César Antonio Araujo. Director del Coro Juvenil del Perú. Teléfono: 0051- 943748746. Email:

iii. Suriname

a. Eldrige D. Zaandam. (Artistic Director of “Creative Studios”) b. Mavis Noordwijk

iv. Venezuela

a. María Guinand and Alberto Grau (Fundación Schola Cantorum de Caracas) b. Ana María Raga

c. María Fernanda Pereda d. Cesar Alejandro Carrillo

D Universities and conservatories with conducting programs:

i. Bolivia

a. Universidad Evagélica en Santa Cruz.

ii. Colombia a. Bogota

1. University of Los Andes 2. Universidad Javeriana iii. Suriname

a. Conservatorio Nacional de Surinam

b. School voor Jong Talent. (extra-curricular activities in music and sports) iv. Venezuela

a. Conservatories:

1. Escuela José Ángel Lamas 2. Escuela Lino Gallardo 3. Conservatorio Simón Bolívar 4. Conservatorio de Barquisimeto b. Bachelor in Music programs:

1. Universidad de las Artes, Caracas 2. Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida 3. Universidad de Los Andes, Táchira 4. Universidad Cecilio Acosta, Barquisimeto 5. Universidad LUZ, Zulia

c. Master programs

1. Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas


E Festivals:

i. Bolivia

a. None reported ii. Colombia

a. Festival Cartagena de Indias (March – Cartagena)

b. Festival Internacional de Música Sacra (Easter – Pamplona) c. Festival Medellín José María Bravo (July – Medellín)

d. Festival Distrital de Coros OSB (Agosto – Bogotá) e. Festival Coral de Santander (October – Bucaramanga)

f. Festival In. De Coros un Mar de Voces (October – Pto. Colombia) g. Festival de Coros Pasto (October – Pasto)

h. Corpacoros (October – Buga)

i. Corearte Medellín (November – Medellín)

j. Festival de Coros Integración (November – Bogotá) k. Festival de Coro la Salle en canta (November – Bogotá) l. Festival de Coros Unimonserrate (November – Bogotá) m. Festival de Coros Javeriana (November – Cali)

n. Festival de Villancisco Cajamag (December – Santa Marta) iii. Ecuador

a. None reported iv. Perú

a. None reported v. Venezuela

a. None reported


➢ Suriname has had only two choral workshops of note: Joop Schets (Germany) in 1996, and Ana Maria Raga (Venezuela) in 2016.


Cono Sur (Southern Cone)


A Choral Organizations and Ensembles:

i. Argentina

a. Estudio Coral de Buenos Aires (Carlos López Puccio) b. Grupo de Canto Coral (Néstor Andrenacci)

c. Coro Arturo Beruti (María Elina Mayorga) d. Incantare Coro Femenino (Natalia Vadillo) e. Vox Prima Ensamble Vocal (Ricardo Portillo)

f. GICBA Grupo de Interpretación Coral de Buenos Aires (Juan Martín Picarel) g. Vocal Consonante (Eduardo Ferraudi)

h. Grupo de Canto Coral (Néstor Andrenacci) i. Música Quántica (Camilo Santostéfano)

B Professional Associations:

i. Argentina

a. OFADAC: Organización Federada Argentina de Actividades Corales (, Alejandro Scarpetta, president. It is an umbrella

organization that groups other professional organizations. They are organizing the 3rd Argentinean Choral Congress (which will be a Latin American congress) in the city of Tandil. OFADAC is an umbrella for the following organizations:

1. Asociación Amigos del Coro Estable de Tandil

2. Asociación Argentina para la Música Coral “America Cantat”

3. Asociación Civil Coral Cunka Inti 4. Asociación Civil Coral de la Pampa

5. Asociación Encuentros Corales Miramar Canta 6. Fundación CIC

7. Fundación Coppla

8. Fundación Trama Cultural Patagónica 9. Sociedad de los Encuentros Corales

b. ADICORA: Asociación de Directores de Coro de la República Argentina. This is the professional organization of choral conductors (Maximiliano Mancuso, president)

c. Asociación Arturo Beruti in the province of San Juan (San Juan Canta Festival) d. Federación de Asociaciones Corales Alemanas del Rio de la Plata

e. Red Coral Argentina (Hugo Castro, coordinator) ii. Uruguay

a. ACORDELUR (Asociación Coral del Uruguay) (Raúl Montero) iii. Chile

a. Coros de Chile

b. Corporación Coral Universitaria de Chile

c. Crecer Cantando (founded by Mario Baeza, now led by Victor Alarcón) d. Patagonic Festival

e. ALACC (organizes the Youth Choral Festival “Waldo Aranguiz Thompson” in Santiago de Chile every first week of August)


iv. Bolivia

a. Bolivian Choral Society (José Lanza Salazar) C Choral Leaders:

i. Argentina

a. Carlos López Puccio b. Oscar Escalada c. Jorge Bulacia Soler d. Nestor Andrenacci e. Carlos López Puccio f. Antonio Russo g. Maria Elina Mayorga h. Natalia Vadillo i. Eduardo Ferraudi j. Ricardo Portillo k. Juan Martín Picarel l. Camilo Santostéfano m. Alejandro Scarpetta n. Maximiliano Mancuso o. Hugo Castro

ii. Chile

a. Victor Alarcón iii. Bolivia

a. José Lanza Salazar iv. Uruguay

a. Raúl Montero

D Universities and conservatories with conducting programs:

E Festivals:


➢ AAMCANT is the founder of the America Cantat Festival, now organizing its ninth edition in Panamá. Previous edition happened in Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela.


Organizations and leaders that might be interested in creating partnerships and programs with IFCM.

A Costa Rica

i. David Ramirez - National University Costa Rica: (

ii. Fredy Batzibal Tujal - Sesquiáltera - Música Antigua Iberoamericana: ( iii. Khristopher Roselló - National University Costa Rica:

( B Argentina (Mendoza- High level of interest)

i. Virginia Bono - Estudio Coral Meridies at Directora ESTUDIO CORAL MERIDIE: (

ii. Cristina Gallo - Coro Nonino UNVM: ( iii. Liliana Sanchez - Seminario Arquidiocesano Ntra. Sra. del Rosario

Mendoza: (

iv. Ricardo Portillo - Universidad Nacional de Cuyo: ( v. Gonzalo Villalba - Profesor de Armonía at Escuela de niños cantores de

Mendoza: ( C Ecuador (High level of interest)

i. Enrique Silva Gil - Colegio de Artes María

Callas: ( D Brazil

i. Eduardo Lakschevitz - Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro: ( ii. Susana Cecilia Igayara - Universidade de São

Paulo: (

iii. Marco Antonio Silva Ramos - Professor Titular de Regência Coral: ( E Chile

i. Victor Alarcón Díaz - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: (




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