San Juan - Argentina, August 16th - 20th, 2018




T. J. Harper, DMA

Dr. T. J. Harper is Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Choral Activities & Music Education at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the 2014-2015 Professor of the Year and recipient of the Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award. He conducts the college’s three choral ensembles: I Cantori, Concert Chorale and the Oriana Women's Choir. He teaches courses in Conducting, Secondary Choral Methods, Applied Conducting, and Applied Voice.

Choirs under the direction of Dr. Harper have performed at the 2014 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National In-Service Conference in Nashville, TN, the 2013 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) New England Collegiate Choral Conference in Keene, NH, the 2012 ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Providence, RI, the 2011 NAfME Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore, MD, and the 2010 Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA) Spring In-Service Conference. International performances by invitation include Austria (2015), Czech Republic (2015), Spain (2013), and Italy (2011).

Dr. Harper maintains an active schedule in the US and abroad as a guest conductor, clinician, and jury member. Recent engagements include Cantos del Alma in San Juan, Argentina;5th Guangdong International Choral Conductor Workshopin Guangdong, China; the 2nd European Choir Games & Grand Prix of Nations in Magdeburg, Germany; ANSILTA Concurso Coral y Festivales in San Juan, Argentina; Örebro Choral Festival & Walpurgisnacht Celebration in Örebro, Sweden; conducting master classes in Italy, Spain, South Korea, and honor choirs in California, Mississippi, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Engagements as a lecturer, presenter, and guest speaker include the 2015 Scandinavian Choral Music Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden; the 2015 Yale University International Choral Festival in New Haven, CT; the 2014 NAfME National In-Service Conference in Nashville, TN; the Mississippi ACDA/MMEA Summer Conference in Hattiesburg, MS; the Vermont/New Hampshire ACDA Summer Conference in Hanover, NH; Dankook University Choral Music Symposium in Seoul, South Korea; Harvard University; Hofstra University, and the New England ACDA Collegiate Choral Conference. 

Dr. Harper is the Director of the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP). He is the President of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA). He is the immediate Past-President of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He is the Rhode Island State Representative and founding member of theNational Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO). Dr. Harper is also the Artistic Director of The Chamber Singers of New England.

Dr. Harper’s interests have led to research of the Nazi influence on German choral music and the music of Hugo Distler. His dissertation is entitled, Hugo Distler and the Renewal Movement in Nazi Germany. His research has also led to projects funded by the Providence College Committee on Aid to Faculty Research (CAFR) exploring voice-science in the choral rehearsal; the music of Johannes Brahms at the Brahms Institute in Lübeck, Germany and the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria; the music of Maurice Duruflé at St. Peter’s Abbey in Solesmes, France; and the folk music traditions of the Korean Peninsula at Dankook University in Seoul, South Korea. His publications have appeared in the ACDA Choral Journal, the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM), the NAfME Online Choral Forum, the RIMEA Music Education Journal-RIMER, and he is also a contributing author to the recently published Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations. (Routledge)

Dr. Harper received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California where he graduated with honors. He received the Master of Arts in Choral Conducting from California State University, Northridge and the Bachelor of Arts degree and Choral Conducting from California State University, Fresno. He has had the privilege of studying with Dr. William Dehning, Dr. Nick Strimple, Dr. Magen Solomon, Paul A. Smith, and Dr. Gary L. Unruh. He taught middle school and high school in the California public school system for six years and was honored for excellence in teaching in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. As a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, MENC, ACDA, Chorus America, NCCO and the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM), Dr. Harper is an advocate for the promotion of undergraduate education and choral music in the public schools and institutions of higher education.



As one of the most highly regarded choral conductors in Indonesia, Aida Swenson is one of Indonesia’s strongest forces of choral music development. As founder and conductor of the Indonesian Children and Youth Choirs Cordana, under her direction, the choirs have gathered international recognitions and awards, and have performed in major cities in the United States, Germany, Poland, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Denmark, France, Canada and other Asian countries.

As a graduate of the Westminster Choir College, USA, Aida received her degree with a scholarship from the World Council of Churches.

A sought after clinician, Aida conducts numerous workshops nationally and internationally and adjudicates frequent national and international events. Her recent activities as a juror, among others include: World Choir Games 2004- to present, choir competitions in Germany, China, Austria, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Philippine, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Johannes Brahms Choir Competition in Wernigerode, Germany , in Hungary, USA and recently in Reno, Nevada, May 2011, the International Children and Youth choir competition in Hongkong, July 2011, World Choir Games Cincinnati USA, July 2012, The Xinghai Prize International Choir Competition, Nopember 2012, European Choir Games di Graz, Austria July 2013, Sing’n’Joy Louisville, KY, USA, 2013 and the 8thWorld Choir Games di Riga, Latvia 2014.

Aida has spent many years traveling throughout Indonesia creating and leading choirs in provinces, giving masters classes, and training choral conductors. However, her professional endeavors are largely but not limited to her choral clinician activities. Her professional activities extend as Chairman of the Foundation for the Development of Choral Music in Indonesia, a member of the Board of Advisors in the Institute of Church Music.

Aida Swenson is also the Executive Director of the Nusantara Symphony Orchestra; the most internationally recognized Indonesian orchestra chaired by Dr. Miranda S. Goeltom.

Aida is featured in the “World Who is Who in Choral Music” and is a representative of Indonesia for the Council Member of the World Choir Game-Interkultur, Germany.

Aida’s personal commitment to her musical endeavors in Indonesia is not only centered on her vision in furthering the quality of children’s choral development. Aida is a pillar of change, of progression, and of energy to achieve unassailable quality in choral music in Indonesia and internationally.



2011 marked Joshua Habermann’s first year was as Chorus Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the official vocal ensemble of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Habermann is also Music Director of The Desert Chorale, a professional chamber choir based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Prior to his DSO appointment, Habermann was assistant conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, where he prepared the chorus for performances with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Charles Dutoit. Recordings as a singer with the SFSC include Christmas by the Bay and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, a Grammy nominee for Best Choral/Orchestra Recording.

Habermann has appeared in numerous conferences and festivals, including international engagements in Brazil, Cuba, Costa Rica, Germany, Czech Republic, France, China, and Singapore. As a singer (tenor), he has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus under Helmuth Rilling, and made three recordings with Austin-based Conspirare: Through the Green Fuse, Threshold of Night, and Requiem, a Grammy nominee and Edison Music Award winner for Best Choral Recording.

Recent conducting projects include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass, Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil and a collaboration with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in Aaron Copland’s rarely-performed masterwork, In the Beginning.

A passionate advocate for music education, Habermann has served on the faculties at San Francisco State University and the University of Miami, and worked with young singers and conductors in master classes and workshops throughout the United States and abroad. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Texas, where he teaches conducting and choral literature.

A native of California, Habermann is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Texas at Austin, where he completed doctoral studies in conducting with Craig Hella Johnson. He lives in Dallas with his wife Joanna and daughter Kira.



Head of Division of the National Choir - Simon Bolivar Musical Foundation.
She studied music at the National Conservatory of Music "Juan Jose Landaeta" and the National School of Music "Pedro Nolasco Colón" both in Caracas. She graduated from the School of Arts, Major in Music, the Central University of Venezuela, and studied at the Latin American Musicology Master in the same house of higher learning.
In the coral area it stood out as soprano Madrigalists group "Vicente Emilio Sojo" in Coral Ateneo de Los Teques, and integrated the Ancient Music Instrumental Group "Tientos". She was assistant director of the Coral Intevep and directed the Industrial Bank of Venezuela Cantoría. In the Core Los Teques, El Sistema, he founded the Choir of the Symphonic Orchestra of Miranda, and for 15 years led the Choir Boys Choir of Los Teques with which he toured Ecuador, Peru and Chile, highlighting his participation in the Biennial Boys choir of Vina del Mar, International choir Festival in the city of Cusco.
She participated on several occasions in the International Festival of Choirs of Guayaquil, Ecuador; Festival Cantan Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia; Coral Link Festival, Guatemala, and festivals of Sacred Music in Popayan and Pamplona, Colombia. He went into the temple La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and at the Abbey of Montserrat, in Catalonia, Spain and Saint Nikolaikirche in Potsdam and Berlin Passionkirche concert tour with female Cantoria "Ludus Vocaliter".
With a solid musical and choral training, Lourdes Sanchez assumed the leadership of the National System of Youth and Children Choirs of Venezuela -belonging to Simon Bolivar Musical Foundation, and a vast network management choirs throughout Venezuela. Under this program, is director of Los Cantores de Venezuela Children and the National Youth Choir "Simon Bolivar" of Venezuela, with whom he has developed an intensive work of dissemination of choral repertoire a cappella and large assemblies symphonic corals. He is also director of the Cantoría Ludus Vocaliter, female vocal group.
Lourdes Sanchez is instructor training workshops choral directors and as such is part of the team choirmasters of Latin Voices Choir program, the Andean Development Corporation -CAF-, through which has taught courses in Ecuador, Peru , Bolivia and Brazil. It is also permanent collaborator of the Red Coral Yucatan, Mexico.
In 2012 she received rave reviews for his rigorous work of musical direction during the first international tours of the National Youth Choir "Simon Bolivar" of Venezuela. In Germany he conducted in the Chorfest and the Alte Oper, Frankfurt, also in Kelkheim, Wuppertal and Cologne. In the United States directed at Lincoln Center a special concert by the CNJSBV and Dance Company "Jose Limon" and the Headquarters of the United Nations-UN, New York and Kennedy Center and the room -IDB- American Development Bank in Washington. In 2013, he represented Venezuela with the National Youth Choir Simon Bolivar in the World Choir Festival "America Cantat" in Bogotá, and in May gave a workshop for choir directors in Ibague, Colombia, invited by the Corporation Coral Colombiana. Their participation in the Salzburg Festival, included a cappella concert with the National Youth Choir Simon Bolivar in the Salzburg Mozarteum and concerts with symphonic and choral Symphony Orchestra "Simon Bolivar", under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. This year includes a tour in the UK, highlighting a concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London.



Víctor Alarcón Díaz is choir conductor, singer and Bachelor of Music at the Catholic University of Chile, where, since 1993, he has been a Professor at the Music Institute. He began his career in the field of singing and later, he has made a national and international work as choir director, educator and cultural manager.

He has founded numerous groups among which the choirs stand out: from UC Students, Fine Arts, Growing Singing and Vocal Ensemble «Concerto Vocale» with whom he has performed concerts in Chile, Europe and America.

Academically it has been developed mainly in the field of the extension and the massive diffusion of the choral singing. Since 1992 he has been the teaching director of the Growing Singing Program of the Cultural Corporation of Santiago-Municipal Theater, which promotes student choral activity in Santiago and regions. He has completed courses in all Chile and taught, seminars in Cuba, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and the United States.

He has directed: "Requiem" by W.A. Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Fauré and Robert Schuman; oratories «The Messiah», «Resurrezione» by G.F Haendel, «Elías de F.Mendelsshon and« Christ on the Mount of Olives »by L.v.Beethoven. The Passion According to Saint John, the Passion According to Saint Matthew, the Mass in Sim, the Six Motets, the Four Lutheran Masses and Magnificat by J.S.Bach. The "Song to the Cordillera" by Juan Orrego Salas, "Les Noces" by Igor Stravinsky, Misa Solemnis by Ramón Carnicer, Mass 1922 by Frank Martin, Mass Pope Marcello de Palestrina, Motete "Spem in Allium" by Thomas Tallis, Te- Deum and Passio by Arvo Pärt, Autosacramental by Christmas by Fidel Sepúlveda and Gastón Soublette, Misa Romana by Sylvia Soublette, Misa Solemmne in D minor by Luigi Cherubini, Misa Gospel by Robert Ray, Porgy and Bess by Geoge Gershwing, MIsa by Requiem by Fernando Roses by José Luís Rodriguez, Mass in G Major Sun, Poulenc, Lux Aeternam by Morten Lauridsen.