JURORS & PROFESSORS - 2023

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T. J. HARPER (USA)

PRESIDENT OF THE JURY

T. J. Harper is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Chair of the Department of Music at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. During his previous tenure at Providence College he was honored to receive the Joseph R. Accinno Teacher of the Year Award.

´╗┐Choirs under the direction of Dr. Harper have performed at the 2017 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference in Atlantic City, NJ, the 2014 NAfME National 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 headlining the China National Choral Conference and conducting the Beijing Harmonia Choir; Master classes for El Sistema and conducting the Venezuela National Choir. Additional engagements include residencies, guest conducting, lectures and master classes in Argentina, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Venezuela and honor choirs in California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island. He has been engaged as a lecturer, presenter, and guest speaker at the 2015 Yale University International Choral Music Symposium; the 2015 European Choir Games in Magdeburg, Germany; Harvard University, Hofstra University, and the New England ACDA Collegiate Choral Conference.

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NAOMI FARAN (Israel)

JUROR

Naomi Faran is the founder of the Moran Choir, and since its establishment in 1985 - the choir's conductor and musical director. She is a graduate of Levinsky College and majored in conducting at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv.

Naomi trained in conducting choirs at the Conservatory in Copenhagen and at the High School of Music in Malmo, Sweden.

She is regularly invited to judge in international competitions, lead master classes for conductors, and workshops in symposia around the world and was awarded the title of Outstanding Conductor in an international choir competition. In the summer of 2012 she was invited to lecture at Yale University in the USA on the special model of harnessing singing to empower special populations.

In the years 1992-2002, she served in a special position on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Culture, leading a project to promote and develop children's and youth choirs in Israel. As part of her role, she initiated learning workshops for teachers and conductors, directed choirs all over the country and deepened the relationship between composers and children's and youth choirs.

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JEFFREY D. FRANCOM (USA)

JUROR

Jeffrey D. Francom is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Choral Area at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, where he directs the Crane Chorus and Concert Choir, and teaches courses in conducting and choral methods. He serves on the faculty of Crane Youth Music and was previously the director of the Potsdam Community Chorus. Under his direction, the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra appear annually on public television stations in over 25 states. He recently conducted or prepared world premieres of works for chorus and orchestra by Gregory Wanamaker, Gary Fry, William Averitt and Michael Sitton, as well as the U.S. premiere of Ben Parry's Flame. In 2014, the Crane Men's Ensemble was featured on the Delos album All the Heart of Me: The Choral Music of Margaret Ruthven Lang.

Previously, Dr. Francom resided on Long Island where he directed the Stony Brook Camerata Singers and the Babylon Chorale. He taught at two Suffolk County Community College campuses, and conducted performances with the Suffolk Singers and College Choir. He was the recipient of Stony Brook University's Ackerman Prize, as well as the Ralph Vaughan Williams Research Fellowship sponsored by the Carthusian Trust. Dr. Francom has been the guest conductor of many county and regional all-state choirs, and has conducted opera and musical theater productions with Stony Brook Opera, the Lynn Clark Summertime Players and Bellport High School. For three years, Dr. Francom was the choral director at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

As a conductor, baritone, and concerto soloist on piano, Dr. Francom has collaborated with orchestras across the country, including the New West Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony. He has prepared choirs for JoAnn Falletta, Duain Wolfe, Joseph Flummerfelt, Larry Rachleff, Christof Perick, Ann Howard Jones, Helmuth Rilling, and others, for performances at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and on the SUNY Potsdam campus. He has conducted and presented at NYSSMA and ACDA conferences and recently served as a board member of NY-ACDA. Dr. Francom holds degrees in conducting from Stony Brook University (DMA) and the University of Florida (MM), and in piano performance from Utah State University.

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RICARDO PORTILLO (Argentina)

JUROR

He graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the National University of Cuyo, graduating with the title of Professor of Music, specializing in Choral Conducting. He studied, among others, with professors José Felipe Vallesi, Elifio Rosaenz, Carlos Barraquero, Eduardo Grau, Guillermo Scarabino, Mirta Poblet, Susana Antón, Gloria Basso.

In Argentina, he took advanced courses in Orchestral Conducting with Guillermo Scarabino and in Choral Conducting with: Eric Ericson (Sweden), Robert Sund (Sweden), Helmut Rilling (Germany), Sergio Siminovich (Italy), Mario Baeza (Chile), Jorge Fontenla , Guillermo Graetzer, Leonardo Waisman, Carlos López Puccio, María del Cármen Aguilar, Andrés Aciar, Nestor Andrenacci, Néstor Zodoff.

With the choirs under his direction, he has performed in the most important cities of Argentina. In Latin America he has toured in Colombia, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay, as well as in Italy, France, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

He worked as a teacher in the Chair of Choral Conducting of the Faculty of Arts of the UNCuyo between 1981 and 1992, then between 2008 and 2014, as well as taught Choral Conducting courses at the San Luis School of Fine Arts.

He currently serves as Conductor-Founder of the Choir of the City of Mendoza (from 1983 to October 2022), Conductor of the Women's Choir of the Teacher Training School-UNCuyo (since 1986), Conductor-Founder of the Choir of the University of Aconcagua ( since 1995), Conductor-Founder of the Feminas Choir (since 2013) and Conductor of Vox Prima – EnsambleVocal (since 2017)

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

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Coro Arturo Beruti
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Red Coral Argentina
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The Choral Festival Network
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Auditorio Juan Victoria
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Gobierno de San Juan
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Musica International: The Virtual Choral Library
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