Chicago a cappella will welcome Guest Music Directors for three concert programs in 2012-13, with Artistic Director Jonathan Miller returning to direct the season-opening concert in October 2012. Get to know our international cast of directors:
Jorge Córdoba Valencia
Music Director, Navidad en Mexico
Composer and conductor Jorge Córdoba did most of his musical studies at Mexico City’s National Conservatory, with later work in Composition and Direction in Spain, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, the U.S., and Hungary.
He has received various awards, including the Bartók Recognition Award and the Kodaly Medal (both issued by the Hungarian government) and First Place honors in the 4th and 5th annual National Choral Composition Contests (in 2003 and 2005, respectively), as well as First Place in the 7th annual National Composition Contests for Children’s Choruses, held in 2006.
He has participated in the World Music Days celebrated in Romania (1999), Ljubljana, Slovenia (2003), Croatia (2005), and Hong Kong (2007).
In 2002, his work The Divine Image was commissioned for, and performed at, the 6th World Symposium of Choral Music, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Córdoba conducted the string orchestra of the Kuronoma Academy of Mexico City in some of his own pieces. during a tour of Japan in 2005.
In 2006, he obtained a residency in the Visby International Composers’ Center in Gottland, Sweden, and in October of this same year he attended the 21st Annual Festival of Havana, Cuba, as a conductor, composer, and lecturer.
In 2007 he was a participant in Mexico City’s International Forum for New Music. His music was performed by the Vancouver Chamber Chorus (conducted by Jon Washburn) during this ensemble’s “Music of the Americas” Canadian tour. Córdoba was also a composer and lecturer in the América Cantat Festival, celebrated in Havana, Cuba. He was one of the featured composers within New York City’s North/South Consonance Cinco de Mayo Celebration, with Houston’s Schola Cantorum, conducted by Doborah King. In Panama, he offered workshops and lectures in the International Caribbean and Central-American Choral Festival. He also was invited to participate with his cantata La esperanza es nuestra (Hope is Ours) in the inaugural concert of the Universal Cultural Forum of 2007, held in Monterrey, Mexico.
Since 2001, Jorge Córdoba has coordinated and directed the radio program entitled Horizontes de Nuestra Música (Horizons of Our Music), transmitted in Mexico by the Opus 94 Radio Station (94.5-F.M.)
Music Director, Spirit/Breath/Voice
William Chin, founder and artistic director of The Oriana Singers, is also the Assistant Director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, director of the Symphony Chorus for the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, and the director of the Sanctuary Choir at Anshe Emet Synagogue. Other appointments include Artistic Director of the Pro Musica Youth Chorus in Oak Park, IL and Director of Music Ministries at First United Church of Oak Park. In 2003 he started the Music At First concert series, also in Oak Park. He was the Artistic Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir from 1993 to 1999 and led them on several national and international tours, including appearances at The White House.
Mr. Chin is active as a professional singer and has been on the adjunct faculty for both DePaul and Roosevelt Universities. He is the recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Citation, is active as a choral adjudicator and clinician and is a past vice president and founding member of Early Music Chicago, an advocacy and service organization.
John William Trotter
Music Director, The A Cappella American Songbook
John William Trotter is a rapidly rising conductor on today's concert music stage. His work from the podium has been recognized internationally through numerous prizes, grants, and guest conducting invitations. To date, he has conducted more than a dozen professional orchestras and choirs in seven countries. He is currently Associate Conductor of Canada's outstanding professional choir, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, an ensemble he has conducted in over twenty-five performances throughout Canada, Taiwan, and Japan. His December 2010 performance of the Vivaldi Magnificat was hailed by the Vancouver Sun as "a radiant performance of this work that overstated nothing and brought out all of its freshness and charm." In September 2011, Dr. Trotter's season opening concert with the Vancouver Chamber Choir was recorded by CBC Radio for national broadcast.
As part of his work with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Dr. Trotter has established and enhanced new and existing outreach/engagement programs for composers, conductors, singers, and audiences. He also serves as Music Director of the Pacifica Singers, a newly-formed small vocal ensemble which provides experienced and motivated choral singers with direct exposure to the world of professional music making.