2016-2017 ¡Cantaré! Composers

rodrigo_cadetElementary School Residency and ¡Cantaré! with Chicago a cappella – Rodrigo Michelet Cadet Díaz

A composer and conductor of the Higher Music School (ESM) of the National Fine Arts Institute (INBA), Mr. Cadet has written for orchestra, chamber ensembles and choirs. In 2012 and 2015, he composed and conducted several works commissioned by the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! program in Minneapolis, MN and Rochester, MN. He also took part as a composer in the international project From Neighborhood to Concert Hall, sponsored by OAS and presented at Washington.

Mr. Cadet is associate conductor of Tempus Fugit ensemble with whom he has offered first performances of Frida’s letters by Marcela Rodríguez and Alma by José by Miguel Delgado. In 2014, he became assistant conductor for Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the National Opera Company and made his debut at Fine Arts Palace and National Auditorium with a production of Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep. He has also guest conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Hermosillo and CEPROMUSIC (Center for Music Creation and Research). This year he premiered El día que María perdió la voz, a one act opera by Marcela Rodriguez. His concert Ensoñación for two piccolos and symphonic wind band was premiered with great success by the Guanajuato Youth Band.

Besides his collaborations as composer and arranger for the Guanajuato State band training method and the Anthology of works for children’s and youth orchestra, he has given courses and master classes in several states of Mexico. As part of the Music Faculty at the National Autonomus University (UNAM), he teaches ear training, keyboard harmony and sightreading and in 2011 he founded the HSM Children’s Symphony Orchestra. Since 2007, he has conducted Schola Cantorum de México Children’s Choir, presenting concerts on important stages in Mexico, Canada, United States of America, France and Cuba.

PASCOE camisa azulHigh School Residency – Samuel Pascoe

Mexican conductor and composer Dr. Pascoe is a full-time professor at the National School of Music of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where he conducts the Chamber Choir and the Choir of the School.  He has been the principal guest conductor of Onix Ensemble (a contemporary music instrumental ensemble) and music director of Tuumben Paax Vocal Sextet, and has performed and recorded several world premieres with these groups.  Dr. Pascoe also conducts the Promusica Choir and Stacatto Orchestra, and has been music director of Coro de Madrigalistas of INBA (National Institute of Fine Arts), Kontempo Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra of the National School of Music (UNAM), Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra of INBA, and the Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras at Boston University.

Dr. Pascoe studied piano at UNAM (Bachelor in Piano Performance), Choral Conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey (Master of Music, Choral Conducting and Composition), and Orchestral Conducting at Boston University (DMA, Doctor in Orchestral Conducting). He is the first student to graduate with this degree at Boston University.

As a composer, Pascoe wrote Symphony of Peace as his doctoral dissertation at Boston University.  In 2013, he composed Khromaticon, Symphony of Colors.  This piece was premiered in Spain in May 2015 during the V International Symposium of Synaesthesia, Arts and Sciences.  In 1999, he won second place in the National Choral Competition (FONCA). Urtext has recorded several of his works.