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					                                    Motivation
My name is Cristian Grases and I have been involved in the choral world throughout my
entire life. I started my relationship with Alberto Grau and Maria Guinand in 1989, when I
started to work with their ensembles as a chorister and musician. Since then my interest in the
area grew to the point of organizing and preparing my own group to perform at international
venues in festivals and exchanges with the main idea of contributing with ideals of
understanding, union, and cooperation between different cultures and societies. These ideals
lead me to create opportunities such as the interaction of my Venezuelan choir with
ensembles from Canada, USA, Korea, Finland, and other Latin American nations. Later-on I
lead my North American choir in projects that involved cooperation with German,
Guatemalan, El Salvadorian, and other North American choirs. This sense of connection of
societies by means of choral music has been an important part of my life.

My involvement with IFCM has been mainly in two areas. The first is as a member of the
International Songbridge Artistic Committee. I participated in two international Songbridge
festivals with my choir and in a number of others as part of the artistic leadership. The
importance of this festival relies once again in its contribution to global understanding,
communication, and cooperation, which will surely play an important role on future global
peace. The second area in which I have been actively involved with the IFCM is as the editor
of the Youth Corner of the International Choral Bulletin (ICB). In this capacity I have been
able to reach out to others to share their thoughts and expertise with the entire community of
conductors, teachers, and professionals that have access to this publication.

Also, I have been active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and composer in the past
years. This has allowed me to share not only my technical experience but also my broader
artistic and global visions which have motivated others to develop and focus their talents and
ideals within a vision of artistic excellence and global cooperation and understanding. As I
reach the final steps in my Doctoral studies at the University of Miami and develop future
projects, I would like to deepen my involvement with the IFCM as a member of their board.
IFCM is an organization that has done much for the ideals of artistic excellence, cooperation,
understanding, development, and so many more; ideals that keenly resonate with me. I would
like to be part of the leadership team that develops such ideals in the global scenario,
contributing not only to the maturity of choral music world-wide but also with principles that
would enhance global understanding.



Cristian Grases
                                   Cristian Grases
Personal Information:
Current Address: 8245 NW 108 Ave, Unit 1
                 Doral, Fl. 33178. USA
                Home: 305-8058405 / Cell: 786-8791010
cristiangrases@msn.com
Date of Birth: December 22nd, 1973
Place of Birth: Caracas, Venezuela
Marital Status: Married
Wife: Mirtha Martinez. Architect
Children: Camila Grases (05/20/99)
         Juan Miguel Grases (07/10/01)
         Santiago Grases (03/14/04)
Language Skills: Spanish (mother language)
                 English (fluent)


Studies:
Elementary: Instituto Escuela of Caracas, Venezuela (1979-1983); Marlborough House
          School, England (1983-1985).
Middle and High School: Instituto Educacional “Henry Clay”,Venezuela (1985-1990).
College:
   • School of Biology, Science Faculty, Central University of Venezuela (1990 – 1996).
   • Masters degree in Conducting under Alberto Grau and Maria Guinand; Simon Bolivar
       University, Venezuela (1999-2001).
   • DMA in Conducting under Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe and Dr. Don Oglesby; University
       of Miami, Florida, USA (2006- Present)



Musical Studies:

1988-1996       “Juan José Landaeta” Music School; Studies in musical language, harmony, counterpoint,
                musical history and aesthetics.
1988-1992      Piano studies with professor Rosanna Di Fazio.
1992-1994      Piano studies with professor Luis Manuel Cabrices, in “Lino Gallardo” School
of Music.
1996-1999    University Institute of Musical Studies (IUDEM); studies in harmony, audio
             perception, sight reading, piano, choral conducting techniques, musical
             analysis, singing, corporal expression, literature, choral practice, counterpoint,
             fugue, composition, 20th century music, musical history and aesthetics; Under
             the tutelage of renowned masters and professors as Alberto Grau, Maria
             Guinand, Antonio Mastrogiovanni, Juan Andres Sanz, Beatriz Bilbao, Olimpia
             Sorrentino, and many others.
1999-2001    Masters Degree in Conducting, Simon Bolivar University, Caracas,
             Venezuela.
2006-Present DMA in Conducting under Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe and Dr. Don Oglesby;
             University of Miami, Florida, USA.
Courses and Workshops Attended:

Feb- 1993    Workshop in Instrumentation for Piano; under the tutelage of master Larry Harlow. Caracas,
             Venezuela.
Nov- 1993    Workshop in Choral Music, J. S. Bach B Minor Mass; under the tutelage of
             master Helmunt Rilling. Caracas, Venezuela.
Aug-1994     IV Workshop in Choral Conducting; under the tutelage of master Alberto
             Grau. San Felipe, Edo. Yaracuy, Venezuela.
Nov-1995     Workshop in Choral Music, J. Haydn Harmony Mass; under the tutelage of
             master Helmunt Rilling. Edo. Mérida, Venezuela.
Oct-1997     1st course in Choral Arrangements for Caribbean Music; under the tutelage of
             Oscar Galián, José Mena, Kodiak Agüero, César Alejandro Carrillo and
             Gilberto Rebolledo. Caracas, Venezuela.
Nov-1997     Workshop in Choral Music, J. S. Bach Christmas Oratorio; under the tutelage
             of master Helmunt Rilling. Barquisimeto, Edo. Lara, Venezuela.
Nov-1997     Workshop in Choral-Symphonic Conducting, J. S. Bach Christmas Oratorio;
             under the tutelage of master Helmunt Rilling.. Barquisimeto, Edo. Lara,
             Venezuela.
Sep-1998     Workshop in Choral-Symphonic Conducting, J. S. Bach Cantatas BWV 19, 50,
             100, 112, 120, 145, 174, 197; under the tutelage of master Helmunt Rilling.
             Stuttgart, Germany.
Nov-1998     Workshop in Choral-Symphonic Conducting, J. S. Bach Cantatas BWV 12, 21,
             54, 172; under the tutelage of master Helmunt Rilling. Caracas, Venezuela.
Oct-2003     One of the 16 finalists of the Eric Ericson Award. Uppsala and Stockholm,
             Sweden


Courses, Workshops Given and Guest Conducting:

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)
Mar-2001    Lecture on 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)
Apr-2002    Workshop on Latin-American Music for Children and Youth choirs; as part of
            the North Meets South Festival, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
            Participating Choir:
            *.- FAIR School Youth Chorus (USA)
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)
Mar-2004        ACDA Regional Honor Choir for Middle School students in Iowa, USA.
Nov-2004        ACDA Regional Honor Choir for Elementary School students in Minneapolis,
USA
Oct-2005        Workshop for school conductors in Andalusia. Cadiz, Spain
Nov-2005        Alberta Choral Association’s Elementary Honor Choir. Edmonton, Canada
Jun-2006        Choral Mission of the Project “Voces Andinas a Coro”. Sao Paulo and Rio de
                Janeiro, Brazil
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-2007        Guest Conductor at the Coastal Sounds Festival, Vancouver, Canada
Jul-2007        Guest clinician and conductor for the First International Choral Exchange
                and Conducting Workshop, Guangzhou, China


Congresses and Symposia:

May-1995        XII Congress on Botany, as a Lecturer.
Oct-1995        III Latin-American Congress of Ecology; as a Lecturer.
Mar-2001        I World Symposium on Children and Youth Choirs The World of Children
                Choirs, Vancouver, Canada; as a Lecturer.
Aug-2002        VI World Symposium on Coral Music. 80 hours of professional educational
                development activities. Minneapolis, USA.

Tittles and Positions:

*.- 1990.- Baccalaureate in Sciences.
*.- 1996.- Bachelor in Biology, Mention Botany. Special award for best academic average of the promotion
     (CDCH Scholarship).
*.- 2001.- Masters Degree in Music, Mention Choral Conducting. Graduated with Honors.
*.- 2004.- Member of the Artistic Committee for the Songbridge Festival

MUSICAL:

1996 – 1999 Conductor of the 2nd Level of the “Proyecto Pequeños Cantores de la Schola” (Schola´s Little
            Singers Proyect), Chacao Center.
1996 – 2002 Conductor of Cantoría Juvenil de la Schola Cantorum, from “Proyecto Pequeños Cantores de la
            Schola”, Chacao Center.
1997 – 2002 Musical Director of “Proyecto Pequeños Cantores de la Schola”, Chacao
           Center.
1996 – 1998 Assistant Conductor of Orfeón Universitario “Simón Bolívar” under the
           direction of Maria Guinand and Alberto Grau.
1994 – 2002 Assistant Conductor of the Choral-Symphonic projects of Fundación Schola
           Cantorum de Caracas.
1995 – 2001 Founder Conductor of CINCOPAH Vocal Jazz Group.
2001 – 2002 Artistic Director of Selección Nacional de Niños y Jóvenes Cantores (National
           Selection of Children and Youth Choirs), a project of the Fundación del Estado
           para el Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela
           (FESNOJIV) (National Foundation for the Children and Youth Orchestral System
           of Venezuela).
2001 – 2002 Chief of the Choral Division of Fundación del Estado para el Sistema
           Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (FESNOJIV)
           (National Foundation for the Children and Youth Orchestral System of
           Venezuela).
2003 – 2005 Artistic Director, Iowa Youth Chorus.
2005 – 2006 Director of Choral Activities, Central Washington University.
2006 –     Teacher Assistant, University of Miami.

Teaching Experience:

1994 – 1995    Teacher Assistant in Botany; Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Caracas, Venezuela.
1995 – 1996    Senior Teacher Assistant in Botany; Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Caracas,
               Venezuela.
1999 – 2002 Teacher of Biology of 9th grade; Jefferson School, Caracas, Venezuela.
1997 – 2000 Piano Teacher.
2001 – 2002 Teacher Assistant in Music Foundations under Maria Guinand; Simon Bolivar
            University (USB) Caracas, Venezuela.
2001 – 2002    Professorship of History and Evolution of Vocal Music under Maria Guinand. Department of
               Music, Simon Bolivar University (USB) Caracas, Venezuela.
2005 – 2006 Director of Choral Activities, Central Washington University, Washington
            State, USA

Awards:
Dic-1996       Special Award for best academic average of the promotion dic-1996 (CDCH
               Scholarship). Science Faculty, Biology School, Central University of
               Venezuela (UCV).
Feb-1998       “José Felix Ribas” Award for merits in arts and culture.
Jul-1998       1st prize in the arrangement contest for Caribbean Music “Caribe 6”, with the
               work Clarín (text and music: Tito Ciuffi; arrangement: Tito Ciuffi and Cristian
               Grases).
Jul-1998       2nd prize in the arrangement contest for Caribbean Music “Caribe 6”, with the
               work Drume Negrita (text and music: Eliseo Grenet; arrangement: Cristian
               Grases).
Jul-2004       Two Silver Medals at the 3rd Choral Olympics, Bremen, Germany.
Apr-2008       1st prize of the Composition Competition at Yale University with the work
               Amanecer.
Discography:

Carmina Burana         by Carl Orff; under the direction of Alberto Grau.
Ness-Grau             works by composers Vic Ness and Alberto Grau; under the direction of
                      Alberto Grau and María Guinand.
La Vida Breve         by Manuel de Falla; under the direction of Eduardo Mata.
Tierra, País y Patria 10th anniversary of “Coral Consolidado”; under the direction of Alberto
                      Grau.
Todo Vivaldi          under the direction of Igor Lanz.
Réquiem Alemán        by Johannes Brahms; under the direction of Alberto Grau.
Encuentro de Dos Mundos Orfeón Universitario “Simón Bolívar”; under the direction of
                      María Guinand and Maibel Troia (Cristian Grases, assistant conductor).
Latino XX             Cantoría Alberto Grau; under the direction of María Guinand.
 Música de Latinoamérica María Guinand, editor; under the direction of Alberto Grau, María
                     Guinand, Cristian Grases y María Leticia González.
Cruje-Silba           Cantoría Juvenil de la Schola Cantorum de Caracas, under the
                     direction of Cristian Grases and María Leticia González. Production:
                     Cristian Grases.
La Música de Nuestros Niños. Pequeños Cantores de la Schola y La Orquesta Nacional
                     Infantil.
Cantos de la Tierra Cantoría Juvenil de la Schola Cantorum de Caracas, under the direction
                     and production of Cristian Grases.
Iowa Youth Chorus Live      Youth Chorale (top choir of the Iowa Youth Chorus), under the
                     direction and production of Cristian Grases.
Youth Chorale A Capella Youth Chorale (top choir of the Iowa Youth Chorus), under the
                     direction and production of Cristian Grases.
Portrait of the Soul University of Miami. Jo-Michael Scheibe, Conductor.

Choral-Symphonic Works studied and conducted since 1990:
Johann S. Bach: B Minor Mass; Cantatas BWV 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 19, 21, 50, 54, 71, 80, 100,
112, 120, 145, 172, 174, 197; Christmas Oratorio; Motet BWV 159 Ich Lasse Dich Nicht;
Motet BWV 160 Jauchzet Dem Herrn, Alle Welt; Motet BWV 225 Singet Dem Herrn Ein
Neues Leid; Motet BWV 229 Komm, Jesu, Komm; St John’s Passion; St Mathew’s Passion;
Magnificat BWV 243.
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Misa Solemnis; Symphony # 9, op. 33; Choral Fantasia.
Hector Berlioz: Te Deum; (Magister Degree Graduating Concert).
Alexander Borodin: Polovetsian Dances.
Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem.
Inocente Carreño: Requiem.
Antonin Dvorak: Stabat Mater.
Antonio Estévez: Cantata Criolla.
Manuel de Falla: La Vida Breve.
Alberto Grau: La Doncella; Los Duendes; Opereta Ecologica; Cántico para Pedro Parmenio.
Joseph Haydn: Harmoniemesse; Paukenmesse; TheresieneMesse, Creation.
Franz Liszt: Coronation Mass.
Gustav Mahler: 2nd Symphony in C Minor Resurrection.
Felix Mendelssohn: Christus.
Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers.
Wolfgang A. Mozart: C Minor Mass, K. 427; C Mayor Mass “Coronation”, K. 317; Te
                   Deum; Ave Verum Corpus; Requiem; Regina Coelli.
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana.
Krzysztof Penderecky: Stabat Mater.
Sergei Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible; Alexander Nevsky.
Ariel Ramírez: Misa Criolla.
Igor Stravinsky: Psalm Symphony.
Giusseppe Verdi: Requiem; Triumphal March of Opera Aida.
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Choros # 10; Mandu Carara.
Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria, RV589.
William Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast.
Mayor International Choral Festivals:

Caribe 4 Festival (Venezuela, 1992); 5th International Choral Festival, Prof. Julio Villarroel
(Venezuela, 1994); 5th International Choral Festival Vinicio Adames (Venezuela, 1994);
América Cantat II. (Argentina, 1996); Annual Reunion of the American Choral Directors
Asosiation (ACDA) (San Diego, USA, 1997); 25th International Festival for Culture
(Colombia, 1997); Bogotá Choral Festival “Cantemos para que los sordos puedan oír”
(Colombia, 1997); Songburst international Choral Festival (Iowa, USA, 1999); América
Cantat III. Songbridge Festival. (Venezuela, 2000); The World Of Children Choirs Festival
(Canada, 2001); North Meets South Festival (Minneapolis, USA, 2002); Espoo Choral
Festival. Songbridge Festival. (Finland, 2002); Festival 500 (Canada, 2003); The Eric
Ericson Award (Sweeden, 2003); The Choir Olympics (Germany, 2004). Europa Cantat
(Germany, 2006); Coastal Sounds (Canada, 2007); First International Choral Exchange and
Conducting Workshop (Guangzhou, China).

Arrangements:
Abreme la Puerta (SSA)
Cantemos en Coro (SSA)
Canto Aragüeño (SATB)
Canto de Pilón (SA)
Clarín (5 male voices) 1st award in the arrangement contest Caribe 6
El Clavel (SA)
El Cucú (SA)
Drume Negrita (5 male voices) 2nd award in the arrangement contest
Caribe 6
Goodbye (Adaptation for 5 male voices)
Jingle Bells (SAB)
Queenana (SSA and piano)
Maria Pancha (SSA)
Nacimiento (SA)
Noche de Paz (SA)
O Happy Day (SSA)
La Paloma (SSA)
Patatín, Patatán (SATB)
Serenata Para la Tierra de Uno (SATB)
Stabat Mater (SSA/SSAA; based in 3 canon themes of J. Haydn)
Tonada (SATB)

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)
Oblivion (SSA)
Passacaglia (SA and piano)
Pata Pa´ca, in collaboration with Alberto Grau (3 treble choruses, piano and E. Bass)
Silako Ueya (mixed choir and orchestra)
Si Tuviera Una Medida Perfecta (for 5 pairs of hands)
Visiones del Llano (SATB)
           1.- Fiesta
           2.- Amanecer
Vitrum Nostrum (motet for TTB)
Vive (for piano and flute)
Vuelo (for piano)

References:
Alberto Grau         Founder of the Schola Cantorum de Caracas (Venezuela)
                     ph: +58-212-2658011, e-mail: graudolcet@hotmail.com

Maria Guinand        First Vicepresident for IFCM (International Federation for Choral
                     Music). (Venezuela), ph:-58-212-5646923, e-mail:
                     mguinand@telcel.net.ve, mariaguinand@hotmail.com

Eduardo Marturet     Conductor of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (FL, USA)
                     e-mail: eduardo@marturet.net
Erkki Pohjola        Founder and Retired Conductor for the Tapiola Choir (Finland)
                     ph: -358-9-463124, e-mail: pohjoer@saunalahti.fi,

Kari Ala-Pöllänen    Conductor Tapiola Choir (Finland)
                     ph: -358-9-455 1140 , e-mail: taiteellinenjohtaja@tapiolankuoro.com

Susan Knight         Founder and Artistic Director for the Newfoundland Symphony
                     Youth Choir, Festival 500 (Canada), ph: -709-739-9968,
                     smknight@nf.sympatico.ca

Emily Ellsworth      Artistic Director, Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus (IL, USA)
                     ph: -630-858-2471, e-mail: info@gechildrenschorus.org

Kathy Romey          Conductor, Minnesota Chorale (MN, USA)
                     ph: -612-624-9557, e-mail: romey001@umn.edu

Eugene Wilson        Founder Conductor, Des Moines Children Choirs (IA, USA)
                     (Currently the Iowa Youth Chorus)
                     ph: -515-314-0119, e-mail: etwilsonjr@yahoo.com

Carol Stewart        Founder and Artistic Director, The Alliance for Arts and
                     Understanding (IA, USA), ph: -515-987-1405, e-mail:
                     carolstewart@qwest.net

Joseph Giunta        Director of the Des Moines Symphony (IA, USA)
                     ph: -515-280-4002, e-mail: jsgiunta@aol.com

Gerardo Rabago       Conductor of Coro de Cámara del CENART (Mexico)
Palafox              e-mail: cormex@mx.inter.net

Tigram Hekekian      Director for the Armenian National Radio Chamber Choir (Armenia)
                     ph: +374-1-535758, e-mail: hekekyan@freenet.am

Voicu Popescu        Director for the Romanian Radio Children’s Choir (Rumania)
                     ph: +40-21-312-3008, e-mail: sound@pcnet.ro

Jo-Michael Scheibe   Director of Choral Activities. University of Miami
                     ph: +1-305-284-4162, e-mail: jscheibe@miami.edu

				
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