September 12, 2014, 7:30
Possible prelude at 7:20
Vicente Chavarria conducting
Conductor and composer VICENTE CHAVARRIA is a native of Miami, Florida. He currently serves as Artistic Director of early music ensembles Flos Campi and La Monarca, both based at USC in LosVicente Chavarria Angeles, as well as Director of the Gloria Dei Choir in La Habra, California. He recently premiered works by composers David Asher Brown and Jeffrey Parola with different ensembles in Southern California and prepared a program of fifteenth-century English carols in a collaborative performance for the Getty Museum in LA. He has prepared choirs for Alberto Grau, Scott Seaton, Cristian Grases, and Ruben Valenzuela. Mr. Chavarria has composed and arranged music for several artists and ensembles, including GRAMMY-award nominated vocal ensemble Chanticleer, Sir James Galway, soprano Helen Donath, and various ensembles at the University of Miami, University of Southern California, and Clemson University.
Mr. Chavarria holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Miami-Frost School of Music. He founded the Fra Angelico Chamber Choir and the Sibelius Camerata, leading them for four years; he also served as Artistic Director of Amazonia Vocal Ensemble for two years. He was cover conductor for the Schumann Chamber Orchestra and Existential Orchestra at UM, and premiered a short work by James Progris with the UM-Frost Symphony Orchestra. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Early Music Performance at the University of Southern California, studying with Adam Knight Gilbert, Rotem Gilbert, and Jason Yoshida, and serves as Teaching Assistant for the Department of Early Music, assisting with the USC-Thornton Baroque Sinfonia. He has performed in masterclasses for Trudy Kane, Rodney Eichenberger, Andreas Scholl, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, and the Hilliard Ensemble. While at USC, he has performed as a baritone and on harpsichord, continuo organ, recorder, and Baroque guitar. Memberships include ASCAP and Early Music America.