Discovering Choral Repertoire
from Latin America

"Music for Mixed Choirs" 


María Guinand 



Join María Guinand, internationally acclaimed conductor and educator, as she shares sacred and secular compositions that you can do with your mixed choirs.

This presentation is essential for conductors and students interested in discovering and performing choral music of Latin America.  Acclaimed authority on this topic, María Guinand, shares her passion to have the world recognize and perform this vast repertoire.

The first of three sessions presents some aspects that are fundamental for a better understanding and interpretation of this repertoire.  They include pronunciation of the Spanish language, prosody of the language, the phrasing of rhythmic patterns, the traditions, myths, and imagery of the poetry, and the understanding of regional cultural identity and ethnic differences reflected in the music indigenous to each region. 

The second and third sessions focus on a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire for SATB choirs. María shares rehearsal strategies and navigates pronunciation and performance practice for each piece.


Session One: Elements of Latin American Music

  • Pronunciation of the Spanish language
  • Prosody of the Spanish language
  • The phrasing of rhythmic patterns
  • The traditions, myths, and imagery of the poetry
  • Understanding of regional cultural identity and ethnic differences reflected in the music indigenous to each region

Session Two: Secular Compositions

  • Mata del Anima Sola, Antonio Estévez
  • Sabiá, coração de uma viola, Aylton Escobar
  • El Guayaboso, Guido López Gavilán
  • La Muerte Sonriente, Diana Syrse

Session Three: Sacred Compositions

  • Salmo 150, Ernani Aguiar
  • Lamentaciones de Jeremias Propheta, Alberto Ginastera
  • Jubiabá, Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca
  • O Magnum Mysterium, César Alejandro Carrillo
  • Confitemini Domino, Alberto Grau



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