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Chorus History

 

The Salamanca Upper Conservatory of Music has three stable choirs: Mixed Choir, Chamber Choir and Women's Choir. The first two were created in 2001/2002 and the Women's Choir began in 2007/2008. All three ensembles are made up of students who are receiving their training at the Conservatory.

From their beginnings, these three choirs have performed in a large number of concerts, many of them in collaboration with different chairs or departments of the Conservatory, such as Organ, Ethnomusicology, Voice, Brass... They have also contributed to some of the Opera and Contemporary Music Workshops, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Baroque Orchestra projects. Among the main objectives of the Choral ensembles and specialty choirs is that of promoting and disseminating the creative work of the Composition students, premiering their original works each year. In short, the Choral department endeavours to be a dynamic force in the Conservatory, bringing together different disciplines and supporting the creative and interpretative work of both students and teachers.

 

The choirs have performed at some of the most important halls and historical churches of the city of Salamanca, such as the Center for the Performing Arts and Music (CAEM), Hospedería Fonseca Auditorium, Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions, Casino, Iglesia de la Purísima, Our Lady of Carmen Parrish, and the Ursuline Convent, among others.

 

Among the many concerts performed, the following may be highlighted:

 

March 2005: the Mixed Choir was invited to participate in the concert series “Música en el Rio del Oro” (Leon), along with the Chamber Orchestra and soloists, all students from the Conservatory. They performed J. Haydn’s Missa Brevis St. Joannis de Deo.

 

February 2007: in collaboration with the Office of Cultural Activities at the University of Salamanca, the Choir, Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra and soloists gave a concert at the Hospedería Fonseca Auditorium (Salamanca) with W. A. Mozart’s Missa Brevis KV 194 and Regina Coeli KV 276.

 

March 2009: under the title “La Música mira al Sur”, the Mixed Choir, Chamber Choir and Women's Choir, accompanied by an instrumental ensemble and vocal quartet, all under the direction of Blanca Anabitarte, joined the celebration of the 50th anniversary of “Manos Unidas” held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, in a benefit concert for this foundation with masterpieces by J. Haydn and F. Mendelssohn.

 

November 2009: with proceeds going toward Aspace Foundation, another concert was held at the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Salamanca with the same program.

 

Among the most significant recent concerts, we can highlight the performance of J. Brahms’ German Requiem, along with the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the German conductor Lutz Köhler at the CAEM (Salamanca). During the same year, on the occasion of the annual Conference on Early Music organized by the Early Music and Musicology Departments, the Chamber Choir performed, at the New Cathedral of Salamanca, a concert dedicated to Tomás Luis de Victoria to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death.

 

The Chamber Choir collaborates annually with the Chair of Organ concerts dedicated to “J. S. Bach’s chorales”, which have been held in different historical churches of Salamanca and Valladolid.

Another significant activity steered by the Choral Department chair is the Choir Conducting class, activity for which a special Choir Conducting Choral has been established in order to provide interested students with a working ensemble for weekly sessions. As a culmination of this activity, an annual concert is held in which students are provided with the opportunity to demonstrate their acquired conducting skills.

 

Blanca Anabitarte, the Conservatory Choir teacher, is the director and founder of all the vocal ensembles.

 

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