Music Mexico Symposium: Discussions and Activities
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Music Mexico Symposium

Discussions and Activities

May 27, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Original season. This is an archived view.

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Philip Brunelle, artistic director and founder of VocalEssence, is an internationally renowned conductor, choral scholar and visionary. He has made his lifelong mission the promotion of the choral art in all its forms, especially rarely heard works of the past and outstanding new music. Under his leadership, VocalEssence has commissioned more than 325 works to date. Philip has conducted symphonies (New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra among others) as well as choral festivals and operas on six continents. He is editor of two choral series for Boosey & Hawkes and chairman of the review committee for Walton Music. Philip is also Organist-Choirmaster at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.

 

Nubia Melina Jaime Donjuan was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, she began her musical studies at the age of six, and was part of OJUSSON (Sonora Symphony Youth Orchestra). After graduating from CEDART, she continued her professional studies in the Bachelor of Music at the University of Sonora.

She has had Arturo Márquez and Alexis Aranda as composition teachers, she has taken the Master Class with Brian Banks by UDLAP. She has also studied orchestration with the conductor David H. Bretón for 4 years.

She has collaborated with various Educational Institutions, including: University of Sonora, Michoacán University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Higher School of Catalonia, Strasbourg Conservatory, and others to release and spread their work.

Eric Jimenez is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Bands at Prairie View A&M University, Eric Jimenez has over 12 years of revitalizing several band programs throughout the Houston area. His music programs increased student participation and morale and earned Division I and "Best in Class" ratings at UIL and numerous other festivals.

He is the recipient of Hamilton Middle School's Teacher of the Year award in 2012, LULAC- League of United Latin American Citizens- Educator of the Year in 2015, a Grammy Educational Award for his work at Davis HS in 2015, Prairie View A&M University's top 40 under 40 in 2016, Yamaha's top 40 under 40 in 2021. He is an active podcaster, clinician, mentor, and consultant for arts education programs within the Houston area and Texas.

Rodrigo Martínez Torres is a composer interested in the abstraction of popular musical languages as a tool for new creations. He is also a multi instrumentalist who performs in different genres and styles. He was born in Mexico City in 1992. He studied music composition in Academia de Arte de Florencia and in Núcleo Integral de Composición (CDMX). He is currently studying a Master in Electroacoustic Composition at Centro Superior Katarina Gurska, in Madrid, Spain.

He was a grant holder in the Mexican program Jóvenes Creadores by FONCA in 2018-2019. He was awarded a MacDowell fellowship (New Hampshire, USA) in October 2019.

Cory Meals teaches undergraduate courses in secondary instrumental music education focusing on band and graduate courses in music education research. A native of northwestern Pennsylvania, he earned his Bachelor of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music, a Masters of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Houston, and a Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Washington.

Dr. Meals' research interests include ensemble conducting, perception and cognition of gesture in music, music and human learning, individual and ensemble instrument pedagogy, sociocultural interaction within music ensembles, and preservice teacher preparation. His work has been published in several journals including Frontiers in Psychology and Music & Science. He has presented at research and professional development conferences across North America, Asia, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Sixto F. Montesinos Jr. is assistant professor of music and head of instrumental studies at Saint Mary's College of California in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an active Mexican-American conductor, flutist, music educator, and scholar researching new and effective ways to strengthen Mexican-American relations through the study and performance of music. These include, overcoming stereotypes as well as Mexican, LGBTQ+, and LatinX representation in the field of music education, repertoire, and performance He is the artistic director of the Saint Mary's College Jazz Band as well as its Chamber Musicians program. He also oversees the instrumental private lessons faculty at The College. 

Dr. Montesinos is a regular guest conductor with the Awesöme Orchestra, a Bay-Area organization that applifies voices of marginalized folk, forms deeper partneships with communites and organizations as well as creates more equity and represneatiomn at every level. The mission of the Awesome Orchestra is also to make awesome orchestral adventures accessible to musicians and the public. He has also been a guest conductor with the Youh Musical Theater Company, most recently for their spring 2022 production of Stephen Sodnheim's Sweeney Todd. 

Leticia Neria is from Mexico City. She has degrees from UNAM, University of Havana, University of Glasgow, and her PhD from University of St Andrews. Leticia's classes are on Mexican Culture and History as well as Spanish Language. She has published in academic journals and journalistic outlets on a wide variety of topics, from films and comics to sports. Currently, she is teaching classes on Mexican history and identity, and Spanish language, to students at Masters and Undergraduate levels in Tec de Monterrey and CIDE. She is spending the year in Norwich, Vermont, where she has developed special interest in King Arthur Flour Bakery and crullers from Lou's restaurant. 

Tianhui Ng is the Music Director of White Snake Projects, Victory Players and the Pioneer Valley Symphony. Since 2020, he has led more than 40 premieres, including Cerise Jacobs and Jorge Sosa's Alice in the Pandemic which was identified by the Library of Congress as one of the most significant works of art in America during the pandemic. Tian has led performances of unusual firsts, like Irin Ajo, a new Yoruba opera, by Nigerian-American composer, Olabode Omojola and José Javier Peña Aguayo's Prints of Lost Breath which connects the #BLM protests in Loisa, Puerto Rico with the Bomba. This season, Tian looks forward to the release of his first album with the Lviv National Philharmonic of Ukraine on Nimbus, a series of performances with the Victory Players in collaboration with New England Public Media on National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service, and his debut with the New England Philharmonic.

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