¡Cantaré! is a unique program designed to bring the talents of composers from Mexico directly into Minnesota classrooms.

Through ¡Cantaré!, selected composers from Mexico participate as artists-in-residence with elementary schools, high schools, colleges and community organizations. The composers work directly with student choirs and community choruses throughout the year, becoming familiar with the ensembles and writing new music specifically for each. At the end of the school year, community and school partners present world premieres of new music in concert.

  • In the 2014-2015 school year, Mexican composers Jean Angelus Pichardo and Julio Morales spent four weeks over the course of three visits to work with elementary, high school, and community choral singers, exploring Mexican cultural and choral music traditions.
  • The program culminated in the creation of new music compositions by our composers-in-residence, premiered at the ¡Cantaré! Community Concert at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts on May 21, 2015. Selected works will be added to VocalEssence Music Press.
  • VocalEssence will provided partner schools with a teacher resource guide and companion CD to address social, historical and cultural contexts of Mexican choral music for teachers to use as a springboard for integration into the school curriculum before, between and after residencies.
  • Evaluation is an important component of the program, as VocalEssence builds upon the evaluation tools developed by UpFront Consulting to ensure greatest student impact.

For more information contact: Kimberly Meisten, Director of Community Engagement, VocalEssence, 612.547.1456, kimberly@vocalessence.org.