International Choir Competition, Grand Prix and Festival

International Choir Competition, Grand Prix and Festival

San Juan, Argentina

June 18th - 22nd, 2020


SAN JUAN CANTA will be entirely supervised by the President of the Artistic Committee, Prof. María Elina Mayorga. The Jury will be composed of a President and four (4) members, all professionals of great prestige and international trajectory. The President of the Artistic Committee will participate in all deliberations with voice but without vote.

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T. J. Harper, DMA - President of the Jury

Dr. T. J. Harper is Director of Choral Activities at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.

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.

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Júlio Moretzsohn - Juror

Júlio Moretzsohn is a professor of Choral Conducting and Chamber Music at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), where he completed, in 2008, his Doctorate in Music in the area of ​​Structuring the Musical Language with the work The Masses of J. J. Emerico Lobo of Mesquita: a stylistic study. In this institution he coordinates the UNIRIO Choral Youth Extension Project and the UNIRIO Choral Teaching Project, aimed at the formation of young singers and choral conductors.

Maestro of the vocal ensemble Calíope since its creation, in 1993, is the winner of the 7th Carlos Gomes Prize (2002) in the category of Choral Groups. With this ensemble he recorded the Brazilian and Portuguese Music of the 18th and 19th Centuries on the CDs Calíope (1998), Sábado Santo (2001), Quinta-feira santa (2002) and Música Fúnebre (2003), through the Mariana Music Museum, CD Música Sacra de Henrique Oswald and Alberto Nepomuceno (2005), by the MEC Radio Seal, and the CD Villa-Lobos - Vozes do Brasil - profane choral work (2012), sponsored by Petrobras.

With Calíope he represented Brazil at the invitation of Itamaraty: in 2001, in Santiago of Chile, in 2005, in the tour by France and in the Embassy of Brazil in Berlin (Germany), and, in 2008, in Festival of Chiquitos - Bolivia. In 2009 he held concerts in Portugal, at the invitation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and in Spain, at the invitation of the Philharmonic Society of Badajoz.

In 2003 Moretzsohn created the Symphonic Choir of Rio de Janeiro, composed of singers of lyrical formation, working together with the Petrobras Symphonic Orchestra and the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra. With this group he has collaborated with maestros from Brazil and abroad.

From 2010 to 2016 he developed the Choir of Children project of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor he acted in front of the Camerata de Curitiba and the Choir of OSESP.

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Josep Prats - Juror

Josep Prats was born in Barcelona in 1953. He studied singing, musicology, harmony, counterpoint, fugue... at Badalona and Barcelona conservatories, and conducting with A. Ros Marbà. He has been pupile in choral conducting of Jordi Casas, Erwin List, Laszlo Heltay, Pierre Cao and Micher Corboz.

He has been chairman of the Catalan Federation of Choirs’s Music Committee (FCEC), and member of the Europa Cantat Permanent Music Committee . He has taught Choral Singing and Chamber Music in the ‘Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu’ and ‘Institut del Teatre’. At present he is conducting Coral Cantiga (Barcelona), Cor Ciutat de Tarragona (Tarragona) and he is director of children music program called ‘Cantània’ produced by ‘Auditori Nacional de Catalunya’. He has been Guest Conductor of the Spanish Radio and Television Choir (RTVE); very often he conducts everywhere different profesional and amateur choirs as a guest.

He has been invited to conduct by different national and international choir festivals (Spain, France, Belgium, England, Argentina, Chile, German, Portugal, Austria, Brasil) and in the lasts festivals Europa Cantat – Linz, Nevers and Barcelona-. He is often asked to be jury member of different international choir competitions (Tolosa, Riva del Garda, Maasmechelen, Des Moines, Trelew, Amiens, Debrecen...) and regularly gives choral conducting courses in Spain, Europe and South America. He has been music director of different courses and festivals (Cursos Internacionals de Música de Lleida, Setmana Cantant de Tarragona...), and for the next future he will conduct in Colombia, Argentina, Ireland and Uruguay.

In the coming months Josep Prats has invitations to develop courses and conduct concerts in several Spanish cities, in Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina and Ireland.

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Helene Stureborg - Juror

Helene Stureborg, graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Church Music in 1990, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Choral Conducting in 1993 at the Royal University College of Music. She studied conducting with professor Gustaf Sjökvist, professor Eric Ericson and professor Kjell Ingebretsen. Since 1990 she has been working as a conductor and music teacher at the Stockholm 's Musikgymnasium. In 1994 she became the conductor of Kongl Teknologkören at the Royal Institute of Technology and held that position until December 2002 when she became the conductor of the Stockholm´s Musikgymnasium Chamber Choir. The choir has won several prices at competitions abroad, is often invited to festivals and is highly respected. In 2011 she started Helene Stureborgs Chamber choir which won the Cork Int choral competiton in 2016. The two choirs are often engaged together in larger concerts and have sung with Andrea Bocelli, Ennio Morricone, Chess in Concert and others.

Helene Stureborg has also been teaching choral conducting at the Royal University College of Music between 1996 and 2014 and between 2014 and 2017 she was a member of the Artistic Council of Statens Musikverk. Helene is frequently engaged to work with the Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson chamber choir and other choirs and also works as conducting teacher and choral pedagogue at varying courses. In October 2017 she was appointed Choir Conductor of the Year by Gehrmans Musikförlag and the Swedish Choral Conductors Association. Helene was one of the two conductors during the World Youth Choir session 2018 in Inner Mongolia and China. In 2020 Helene and The Stockholm´s Musikgymnasium Chamber choir are invited to perform during the World Symposium on Choral Music (IFCM) in Auckland.

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Cara Tasher - Juror

Dr. Cara Tasher has served as Director of Choral Studies at the University of North Florida since 2006.

She has performed and recorded with conductors Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, James Levine, Robert Shaw and Sir Georg Solti.

Tasher has been professionally associated with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Conspirare, Jacksonville Symphony, Mexico Opera de Bellas Artes, Trinity Choir-Wall Street, Xavier University, and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

Proficient in several languages, Tasher’s engagements as singer, conductor, and adjudicator, have brought her to over 20 countries for concerts, competitions, festivals, and workshops. Ensembles under her direction have toured to the Baltic States, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, and South Africa. Global and cultural competency is a focal point of her teaching. Her training took place at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Texas at Austin, Paris IV-La Sorbonne, and Northwestern University.

Dr. Tasher is active within the American Choral Directors Association, International Federation of Choral Music, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization in various leadership capacities. Tasher conducts the Chorale and chambr., teaches the graduate conducting curriculum, and oversees the choral department and its leadership team.

At UNF, she received the 2010 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, the 2016 Outstanding International Leadership Award.

Additionally, she recently received two grants to support scholarships for the UNF Summer Conductor’s Studio and for the Jacksonville SINGS! Refugee Chorus. She also enjoys frequenting the beach with her daughter Mia Emeline and cellist-husband, Nick Curry.

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SAN JUAN CANTA meets the quality standards established by IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music) and CFN (Choral Festival Network) for International Choir Festivals and Competitions.

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