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Date:                                                    September 2013

PERSONAL 

Name:                                                       Cristian Grases

Office Phone:                                        213-740-3225

E-mail Address:                                  grases@usc.edu  /  cgrases@gmail.com

Current Academic Rank:               Assistant Professor in Choral Music – Tenure Track

Primary Department:                      Department of Choral and Sacred Music

Citizenship:                                           Venezuela

HIGHER EDUCATION

Institutional (institution, degree, date conferred)

       University of Miami                                                   Doctor of Musical Arts      2009

            Choral Music, Composition

       Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, Venezuela)               Master of Music               2001

            Choral Conducting, Composition

       Universidad Central de Venezuela                                 Bachelor of Science            1996

            Biology and Botanical Sciences

EXPERIENCE

 

Academic (institutions, rank, dates):

       University of Southern California          Assistant Professor – Tenure Track              2010 –

           California State University (Los                        Assistant Professor – Tenure Track                   2009-2010

         Angeles)

       University of Miami                           Teaching Assistant                                    2006-2009

       Central Washington University             Interim Professor – Director of Choral          2005-2006

                                                            Activities

       Universidad Simón Bolívar                  Teaching Assistant                                    1999-2001

Non-Academic:

       Amazonia Vocal Ensemble: Artistic Director and Conductor, 2006 –

       Miami Symphony Orchestra: Assistant Conductor, 2006 – 2009

       Young Musician’s Orchestra (Miami, Florida): Conductor, 2007 – 2009

       Iowa Youth Chorus: Artistic Director, 2002 – 2005

       FESNOJIV – El Sistema (Caracas, Venezuela): National Coordinator for Choral Music, 2000 – 2002

       Cantoría Juvenil, Schola Cantorum (Caracas, Venezuela):  Conductor and Artistic Director, 1996 – 2002

       Fundación Schola Cantorum de Caracas: Assistant Conductor for Choral-Symphonic Projects, 1994 – 2002

       Orfeón Simón Bolívar (Caracas, Venezuela):  Assistant Director, 1995 – 2001

       Grupo Vocal CINCOPAH: Founder Conductor and Artistic Director, 1995 – 2001

Churches:

       St. James Episcopal Church, South Pasadena, California (Music Minister), 2010 – 2011

       Divine Savior Church, Miami, Florida, 2006 – 2009

       First Lutheran Church, Ellensburg, Washington, 2005-2006

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

       Music Publications:          

                        Tottoyo                                                  Gentry Publications         

                        Canto de Pilón                                        Pavane                          

                        La Paloma                                             Walton

                        Los Dos Gavilanes                                  Earthsongs

                        María Pancha                                        Earthsongs

                        Pata Pa’ca                                             A Coeur Joie                  

                        Fiesta – From Visiones del Llano             Boosey & Hawkes

                        Amanecer – From Visiones del Llano        Boosey & Hawkes

                        The IPA Alphabet                                  Pavane

                       

       Articles:

 Grases, Cristian. “Book Review: Carmen Moreno. Mi Tecnica Vocal Paso a Paso.” International Choral Bulletin XXXII, no. 3 (3rd quarter, 2013): 87-88.

Grases, Cristian. “Treble Repertoire from Latin America and the Caribbean.” (repeated) Choral Journal 54, no. 1 (August 2013): 65-67.

Grases, Cristian. “Treble Repertoire from Latin America and the Caribbean.” International Choral Bulletin XXXII, no. 2 (2nd quarter, 2013): 89-91.

Grases, Cristian. “Let’s Talk Method. Warm-Ups.” International Choral Bulletin XXXI, no. 2 (2nd quarter, 2012): 49-51.

Grases, Cristian. “Literature Resources.” Tactus Winter 2011, Volume 35, Issue 2: 18.

Grases, Cristian. “Let’s Talk Method. Warm-Ups.” International Choral Bulletin XXX, no. 3 (3rd quarter, 2011): 61-62.

Grases, Cristian. “Let’s Talk Method. Placement.” International Choral Bulletin XXIX, no. 4 (4th quarter, 2010): 51-52.

Grases, Cristian. “Let’s Talk Method. Leadership.” International Choral Bulletin XXIX, no. 1 (1st quarter, 2010): 39-40.

Grases, Cristian. “Children’s and Youth Choral Festivals. An Interview with Donna Otto and Morna Edmundson.” International Choral Bulletin XXVII, no. 1 (1st quarter, 2008): 37-39.

Grases, Cristian. “Choral Music and International Understanding. The Importance of Choral Festivals in the Education of Young People.” International Choral Bulletin XXVI, no. 4 (4th quarter, 2007): 47-48.

Grases, Cristian. “Body Movement and Eurhythmics. Elements of Musical Training for Children’s and Youth Choirs.” International Choral Bulletin XXIV, no. 1 (1st quarter, 2005): 21-24.

Grases, Cristian. “Alberto Grau. Un Nuevo concepto en composición coral.” International Choral Bulletin XX, no. 1 (Oct 2000): 9-10.

 

Compact Discs:

             Portrait of the Soul – University of Miami. Jo-Michael Scheibe, conductor.

            Youth Chorale A Cappella – Youth Chorale (top choir of the Iowa Youth Chorus). Cristian Grases, conductor and

                                                       producer.

            Iowa Youth Chorus Live – Youth Chorale (top choir of the Iowa Youth Chorus). Cristian Grases, conductor and

                                                   producer.

            Cantos de la Tierra – Cantoría Juvenil de la Schola Cantorum de Caracas. Cristian Grases, conductor and

                                             producer.

            La Música de Nuestros Niños – Pequeños Cantores de la Schola y La Orquesta Nacional Infantil. Multiple

                                                            conductors.

            Cruje-Silba – Cantoría Juvenil de la Schola Cantorum de Caracas. Cristian Grases and María Leticia González,

                                  conductor. Cristian Grases, producer.

            Música de Latinoamérica – María Guinand, editor. Alberto Grau, María Guinand, Cristian Grases and María

                                                   Leticia González, conductors.

            Latino XX – Cantoría Alberto Grau. María Guinand, conductor.

            Encuentro de Dos Mundos – Orfeón Universitario Simón Bolívar; María Guinand and Maibel Troia, conductors

                                                     (Cristian Grases, assistant conductor).

            Réguiem Alemán Alberto Grau, conductor.

            Todo Vivaldi – Igor Lanz, conductor.

            Tierra, País y Patria10th anniversary of Coral Consolidado. Alberto Grau, conductor

            La Vida Breve – Eduardo Mata, conductor.

            Ness-Grau Works by composers Vic Ness and Alberto Grau. Alberto Grau and María Guinand, conductors.

            Carmina BuranaAlberto Grau, conductor

PROFESSIONAL

 

National and International Committees:

  • Board Member of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), 2008 –
  • IFCM Editorial Committee, 2008 –
  • Songbridge International Artistic Committee, 2002 –
  • World Choral Day Coordinator, 2009 –
  • Ethnic and Multicultural Committee Chair, Western Division, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), 2010 –

 

Editorial responsibilities:

  • Editor of the Children’s and Youth Choirs Column, International Choral Bulletin (IFCM Publication),

2005 –

  • Editor of The Choral Music Of Latin America And The Caribbean choral music series for Gentry Publications. 2012 –

 

Professional and Honorary Organizations:

        International Federation for Choral Music, 1996 –

       American Choral Directors Association, 2002 –

       Southern California Vocal Association, 2012 –

Honors and Awards:

Emerging Composer Composition Competition, Yale University – First Prize with the work Amanecer – From Visiones del Llano – April 2008.

3rd Choral Olympics, Bremen, Germany – Two Silver Medals with the Iowa Youth Chorus – July 2004.

Caribe 6 Arrangement Contest, Caracas, Venezuela – First Prize with the work Clarin – July 1998.

Caribe 6 Arrangement Contest, Caracas, Venezuela – Second Prize with the work Drume Negrita – July 1998.

José Félix Ribas Award, Caracas, Venezuela – Award for merits in arts and culture – February 1998.

Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela – Special Award for Best Academic Average – December 1996.

Other Professional Activities:

Guest Appearance:

       Jun-2002           Songbridge Workshop as part of the ESPOO Choral Festival, Helsinki, Finland

Participating Choirs:

  • Cantoría Juvenil de la Schola Cantorum (Venezuela)
  • Tapiola Choir (Finland)
  • World Vision Korea Choir (Korea)

Apr-2000          Songbridge Workshop as part of the América Cantat III Festival. Caracas, Venezuela.

Participating Choirs:

  • Cantoría Juvenil de la Schola Cantorum (Venezuela)
  • Des Moines Children Choir (USA)
  • Coro de Niños y Jóvenes Ars Nova (Argentina)

 

Guest Conductor:

       July-2013          Guest Conductor, National Children’s Choir Festival. Tokyo, Japan.

       Feb-2013          Guest Conductor, Amabile Boys Choir Festival. London, Ontario, Canada.

Jan-2013           Guest Conductor, ACDA Honor Choir. Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Dec-2012          Guest Conductor and Clinician, Israeli Seminar for Conductors of Children’s Choir. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel.

Nov-2012         Guest Conductor, Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC) Conference Honor Choir. San Diego, California.

May-2012          Guest Conductor and Clinician: Hamilton Children’s Choir and Missassauga Children’s Choir. Toronto, Canada.

Apr-2012          Guest Conductor and Clinician, Canadian Anaheim Music Festival. Anaheim, California.

Feb-2012          Guest Conductor, Colorado All-State Men’s Chorus. Denver, Colorado.

Feb-2012          Guest Conductor, Golden States Pops Orchestra. San Pedro, California.

Nov-2011         Guest Conductor, Southern California Vocal Association Mixed Honor Choir. Santa Monica, California.

Aug-2011          Guest Conductor and Lecturer for the “A Song Without Borders” Festival and Master Class with Maestro Alberto Grau. University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

Jul-Aug-2011     Guest Conductor and clinician with Amazonia Vocal Ensemble in Miami, Florida.

Mar-2011          Guest conductor and clinician with Vox Femina in Los Angeles, California.

Jan-Mar-2011     Guest Artistic Director and Conductor with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Los Angeles, California.

Nov-2010         Guest Conductor for the A Coeur Joie, Belgique Choral Federation. Namur, Belgium.

Nov-2010         Guest Conductor for the A Coeur Joie, France Choral Federation. Lyon, France.

Nov-2010         Guest Conductor for the Choralies Festival, Festimom. Tournon, France.

Oct-2010          Guest Conductor, Clark County Honor Choir. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Apr-2010          Clinician and Guest Conductor at the Guinand Festival organized by the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Los Angeles, California.

Oct-2010          Guest Conductor, Clark County Honor Choir. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mar-2010          Guest Conductor, California State University Section Leader Honor Choir. Los Angeles, California.

Jul-2009            Guest Conductor for one of the Ateliers in Europa Cantat, 2009, focusing on Latin American music, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Jun-2009           Guest Conductor with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in the festival “El Sistema en el Mundo.” Caracas, Venezuela.

Jul-2008            Guest Conductor for one of the six Ateliers in Europa Cantat Junior, 2008, focusing on music of the Americas, Nevers, France.

Jul-2007            Guest clinician and conductor for the First International Choral Exchange and Conducting Workshop, Guangzhou, China.

Jun-2007           Guest Conductor at the Coastal Sounds Festival, Vancouver, Canada.

Jul-2006            Songbridge Workshop as part of the Europa Cantat Festival, Mainz, Germany.

Participating Choirs:

  • Sofia Boys’ Choir (Bulgaria)
  • Uetersen Knabenchor  (Germany)
  • Jazep Madins Boys’ Choir (Latvia)

Jun-2006           Choral Mission of the Project Voces Andinas a Coro. Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Nov-2005         Alberta Choral Association’s Elementary Honor Choir. Edmonton, Canada.

Nov-2004         ACDA Regional Honor Choir for Elementary School students in Minneapolis.

Mar-2004          ACDA Regional Honor Choir for Middle School students in Iowa.

Apr-2002          Workshop on Latin-American Music for Children and Youth choirs; as part of the North Meets South Festival, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Participating Choir: FAIR School Youth Chorus (USA)

 

Guest Clinician:

       Apr-2012          Choral workshop, Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts. Los Angeles, California.

Apr-2012          Choral workshop, Mesa Community College. Los Angeles, California.

Apr-2012          Choral workshop, Acalanes High School. Los Angeles, California.

Mar-2012          Choral workshop, Ayala High School Choir. Los Angeles, California.

May-2011          Workshop with Gilbert High School Choir at USC.

Apr-2011          Workshop with the Desert Oasis High School Choir from Las Vegas, Nevada at USC.

Apr-2011          Workshop with the Townsville Grammar School Choir from Queensland, Australia at USC.

Mar-2011          Guest clinician with the Peninsula Women’s Chorus in Palo Alto, California.

Oct-2008          Master class and Chairman of the Jury for the X Pesperawi National Competition for college choirs hosted in Salatiga, Indonesia.

 

Guest Lecturer:

       May-2013          Lecture entitled Is it Really Just Baroque? Latin American Colonial Music. Music of the Americas  Convention. Fargo, North Dakota.

Mar-2013          Ethnic and Multicultural Reading Session. American Choral Directors Association, National Convention. Dallas, Texas.

Mar-2013          Lecture entitled Latin American Rhythm in your Blood: An Interactive Workshop. American Choral Directors Association, National Convention. Dallas, Texas.

Mar-2012          Ethnic and Multicultural Reading Session. American Choral Directors Association, Western Division Convention. Reno, Nevada.

Mar-2012          Lecture entitled Latin American Rhythm in your Blood: An Interactive Workshop. American Choral Directors Association, Western Division Convention. Reno, Nevada.

Nov-2011         Keynote SpeakerLecture entitled Eurhythmics in the Choral Rehearsal. Nevada Choral Directors Association. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Aug-2011          Lecture entitled Venezuela. A Country with a Rich Repertoire. International Federation for Choral Music, 9th World Choral Symposium. Puerto Madryn, Argentina.

Aug-2011          Lecturer entitled Latin American Choral Music for the “A Song Without Borders” Festival and Master Class with Maestro Alberto Grau. University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

Mar-2010          Ethnic and Multicultural Reading Session. American Choral Directors Association, Western Division Convention. Tucson, Arizona.

Aug-2008          Lecture entitled Sing and Move. Let’s Groove. International Federation for Choral Music, 8th World Choral Symposium. Puerto Madryn, Argentina.

Oct-2005          Workshop and lectures for school conductors in Andalusia. Cadiz, Spain

Mar-2001          Lecture entitled Children and Youth Choral Repertoire from composer Alberto Grau. The World of Children Choirs Festival, Vancouver, Canada.

Participating Choir: Cantoría Juvenil de la Schola Cantorum (Venezuela)

 

Guest Composer and Commissions:

       Mar-2013          Mentor Composer for the Youth Inspiring Youth Workshop, Womensing organization. San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Dec-2012          Commissioned composer, Lincoln High School. Commission entitled Abreme la Puerta. Tallahassee, Florida.

Dec-2012          Commissioned composer, Ragazzi Boys Choir. Commission entitled There is a Song. San Francisco, California.

Aug-2012          Commissioned composer, Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Commission entitled Three Women Walking. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Apr-2012          Guest Artist, Los Angeles Master Chorale (performance of 2 original compositions in Disney Hall). Los Angeles, California. Guest speaker during the pre-concert lecture.                 

 

Adjudications:

       Jun-2013           Los Angeles International Music Festival adjudicator. Disney Hall. Los Angeles, California.

Oct-2012          Long Beach Community College Festival. Los Angeles, California

May-2012          Los Angeles Unified School District Choral Festival adjudicator. Los Angeles, California.

Mar-2012          Santa Clarita Music Education Association Festival adjudicator. Santa Clarita, California.

Nov-2011         College of the Canyons High School Festival adjudicator. Santa Clarita, California

Oct-2011          La Canada High School solo Chamber Choir Festival Adjudicator. La Canada, California.

Apr-2011          Golden State Competition Adjudicator. Orange, California.

 

Teaching

       Teaching Specialization (courses taught): Choral Literature (Choral Music from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Rim), Graduate Conducting Seminar, Graduate and Undergraduate Choral Conducting, Choral Ensembles, Introduction to Choral Music.

 

Arrangements

Abreme la Puerta (SSA) (Commissioned by Lincoln High School, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)

Calypso (SA)

Cantemos en Coro (SSA)

Canto Aragüeño (SATB)

Canto de Pilón (SA) (published by Pavane)

Clarín (5 male voices). 1st award in the arrangement contest Caribe 6

Drume Negrita (5 male voices). 2nd award in the arrangement contest Caribe 6

El Clavel (SA)

El Cucú (SA)

Goodbye (Adaptation for 5 male voices)

Jingle Bells (SAB)

La Paloma (SSA) (published by Walton Music)

Los Dos Gavilanes (SSA) (published by Earthsongs)

Maria Pancha (SSA) (published by Earthsongs)

Nacimiento (SA)

Noche de Paz (SA)

O Happy Day (SSA)

Patatín, Patatán (SATB) (Commissioned by Entrevoces, Caracas, Venezuela)

Queenana (SSA and piano)

Serenata Para la Tierra de Uno (SATB)

Stabat Mater (SSA/SSAA; based in 3 canon themes of J. Haydn)

Tonada (SATB) (Commissioned by Coral Banco Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela)

 

Compositions

¿A donde Irán? (for piano)

Bourrée (for piano)

Calipso Caraqueño (SSA)

Chuao (SSAA)

Coral Variado (SA; based in chorus #9 of Cantata BWV 21 of J. S. Bach)

Crux Fidelis (motet for SA)

El Estero (for clarinet)

Hoy (for violin and piano)

Invention for 2 voices (for piano)

Invention for 3 voices (for piano)

Kyrie (SSA)

Lapitril (Invention for music stands and pencils)

Misa in 4 movements (5 male voices)

Negrita Duerme (SSA and piano)

Oblivion (SSA) (Commissioned by Piedmont Children´s Choir. California, USA)

Passacaglia (SA and piano)

Pata Pa´ca, in collaboration with Alberto Grau (3 treble choruses, piano and E. Bass) (published by A Coeur Joie)

Silako Ueya (mixed choir and orchestra)

Si Tuviera Una Medida Perfecta (for 5 pairs of hands)

There is a Song (Children, SSAATTBB) (Commissioned by Ragazzi Boys Choir. California, USA)

Three Women Walking (Baritone solo, SSAATTBB) (Commissioned by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. New Mexico, USA)

Tottoyo (SSA) (published by Gentry Publications)

Visiones del Llano (Soprano solo, SATB) (published by Boosey & Hawkes)

    1.- Fiesta

    2.- Amanecer (Emerging Composer Composition Competition, Yale University – First Prize. April 2008)

Vitrum Nostrum (motet for TTB)

Vive (for piano and flute)

Vuelo (for piano)