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CANCELLED: Latin American Choral Festival Performances: A World of Songs for the Planet

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Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

WPAC - Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall
10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199

All FIU School of Music concerts and events scheduled through the spring semester are cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The decision has been made out of an abundance of caution with the health and well-being of our guests and community in mind. For updates and additional information at Florida International University, please visit the FIU coronavirus resource page.

In the meantime, we invite you to connect with us on our social media outlets where faculty, staff, and students will share their messages of healing through music. Thank you for being a part of our School of Music family, and we look forward to seeing you again. Be safe.


The School of Music is proud to present the 2020 FIU Latin American Choral Festival, an outreach initiative designed to strengthen ties between FIU, the Latin American music community, and MDCPS by offering educational and performance opportunities to young high school singers. This year's festival theme, "A World of Songs for the Planet/Un Mundo de cantos para el Planeta," aims to create environmental awareness through the power of creativity, engaging education, and choral music. 

The festival will culminate in two evening performances held on April 21 - 22 at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center. Under the guidance of renowned Venezuelan conductor and FIU faculty member, Maria Guinand, the FIU choirs and guest ensembles will present the most representative and important works of the extensive Latin American choral repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.



Tuesday, April 21,  7:30pm:

  • Ronald Reagan High School Choir
    • Alicia Romero, Choir Director
  • Amazonia Vocal Ensemble
    • Anaida Carquez - Soler, Conductor
  • FIU Concert Choir
    • Maria Guinand, Conductor

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Wednesday, April 22, 7:30pm:

  • Doral Academy High School Choir
    • Adalberto Yanes, Conductor
  • Encantus Voices
    • Maibel Troia, Conductor
  • FIU Concert Choir
    • Maria Guinand, Conductor

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Monday, March 30, 4:30-6:00pm

Free and open to the public, Wertheim Recital Hall (WPAC 150)

"The Choral Compositions of Alberto Grau: A Pedagogical Approach to Choral Music"

Presented by Venezuelan composer and conductor, Alberto Grau.


Monday, April 6, 4:30-6:00pm

Free and open to the public, Wertheim Recital Hall (WPAC 150)

Latin-American Choral Masterpieces"

Presented by Venezuelan conductor and FIU faculty member, Maria Guinand.



Maria Guinand originally hails from Venezuela where she is the Artistic Director of Schola Cantorum of Venezuela and conducts choral projects throughout Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Asia. Renowned as an authentic interpreter and trainer of Latin American choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries, she is a recipient of the Helmuth Rilling Preis (2009), the Robert Edler Preis für Chormusik (2000), and the Kulturpreis of the InterNationes Foundation (1998), three of the most distinguished prizes in choral music conducting. Maria Guinand's artist residency is supported and managed by Amazonia Music Corp. 


Amazonia Vocal Ensemble was founded in 2007 by conductor/composer Dr. Cristian Grases currently conductor of the USC Thornton Concert Choir at the University of Southern California. AVE made its debut on November 30th of that year at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Miami, Florida. The ensemble boasts a diverse breadth of repertoire, though it specializes in contemporary Latin American Music as well as original arrangements of Latin American folk/popular songs in English, Spanish, Quechua, Portuguese, Papiamento among others.




Event Type

Arts & Culture, Music


Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students


music, vocal, choral festival, CARTA, wertheim performing arts center


$15 General Admission, $10 FIU Faculty, Staff, Seniors, and Alumni, $5 Students (with valid i.d.)

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