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.
Current Address: 8245 NW 108 Ave, Unit 1
Doral, Fl. 33178. USA
Home: 305-8058405 / Cell: 786-8791010
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)
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).
• 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)
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
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,
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,
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,
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.
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,
Courses, Workshops Given and Guest Conducting:
Apr-2000 Songbridge Workshop as part of the América Cantat III Festival. Caracas,
*.- 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.
*.- 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
*.- FAIR School Youth Chorus (USA)
Jun-2002 Songbridge Workshop as part of the ESPOO Choral Festival, Helsinki,
*.- 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,
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
Jul-2006 Songbridge Workshop as part of the Europa Cantat Festival, Mainz,
*.- 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
*.- 2001.- Masters Degree in Music, Mention Choral Conducting. Graduated with Honors.
*.- 2004.- Member of the Artistic Committee for the Songbridge Festival
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
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
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
2003 – 2005 Artistic Director, Iowa Youth Chorus.
2005 – 2006 Director of Choral Activities, Central Washington University.
2006 – Teacher Assistant, University of Miami.
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,
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
Dic-1996 Special Award for best academic average of the promotion dic-1996 (CDCH
Scholarship). Science Faculty, Biology School, Central University of
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
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
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
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
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:
La Música de Nuestros Niños. Pequeños Cantores de la Schola y La Orquesta Nacional
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).
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
Goodbye (Adaptation for 5 male voices)
Jingle Bells (SAB)
Queenana (SSA and piano)
Maria Pancha (SSA)
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)
¿A donde Irán? (for piano)
Bourrée (for piano)
Calipso Caraqueño (SSA)
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)
Lapitril (Invention for music stands and pencils)
Misa in 4 movements (5 male voices)
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)
Vitrum Nostrum (motet for TTB)
Vive (for piano and flute)
Vuelo (for piano)
Alberto Grau Founder of the Schola Cantorum de Caracas (Venezuela)
ph: +58-212-2658011, e-mail: email@example.com
Maria Guinand First Vicepresident for IFCM (International Federation for Choral
Music). (Venezuela), ph:-58-212-5646923, e-mail:
Eduardo Marturet Conductor of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (FL, USA)
Erkki Pohjola Founder and Retired Conductor for the Tapiola Choir (Finland)
ph: -358-9-463124, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Kari Ala-Pöllänen Conductor Tapiola Choir (Finland)
ph: -358-9-455 1140 , e-mail: email@example.com
Susan Knight Founder and Artistic Director for the Newfoundland Symphony
Youth Choir, Festival 500 (Canada), ph: -709-739-9968,
Emily Ellsworth Artistic Director, Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus (IL, USA)
ph: -630-858-2471, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Romey Conductor, Minnesota Chorale (MN, USA)
ph: -612-624-9557, e-mail: email@example.com
Eugene Wilson Founder Conductor, Des Moines Children Choirs (IA, USA)
(Currently the Iowa Youth Chorus)
ph: -515-314-0119, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Stewart Founder and Artistic Director, The Alliance for Arts and
Understanding (IA, USA), ph: -515-987-1405, e-mail:
Joseph Giunta Director of the Des Moines Symphony (IA, USA)
ph: -515-280-4002, e-mail: email@example.com
Gerardo Rabago Conductor of Coro de Cámara del CENART (Mexico)
Palafox e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tigram Hekekian Director for the Armenian National Radio Chamber Choir (Armenia)
ph: +374-1-535758, e-mail: email@example.com
Voicu Popescu Director for the Romanian Radio Children’s Choir (Rumania)
ph: +40-21-312-3008, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo-Michael Scheibe Director of Choral Activities. University of Miami
ph: +1-305-284-4162, e-mail: email@example.com