Mexican composers

Diana Syrse | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Diana Syrse. Diana Syrse b. 1984 Diana Syrse is a Mexican composer and singer, who studied composition at the Facultad de Música, further obtaining two Masters Degrees at CalArts and the Hochschule für Musik und…  Read More

Manuel de Sumaya | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Manuel de Sumaya. Manuel de Sumaya 1678-1755 The most outstanding composer of Mexican Baroque music aside from Ignacio de Jerusalem, Manuel de Sumaya was likely born in or around Mexico City in the late 1670s,…  Read More

Lopez Moreno

Jesús López Moreno | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Jesús López Moreno. Jesús López Moreno b. 1971 Serving as artistic director of the children’s choir at Valle de Chalco in México City and as organist and chapel master of the National Basilica of Our…  Read More

Music Making and Relationships Flourish for VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Composers and Students

“There is nothing like seeing the face of a composer who hears his or her music sung for the first time,” says Kimberly Meisten, VocalEssence director of community engagement. VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! composers Julio Morales and Jean Angelus Pichardo returned to the Twin Cities in March for a two-week stay to help teach their newly composed…  Read More