2017-2018 VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Composers

Elementary Schools – Jimena Contreras

Jimena Contreras began her study of piano and music theory at the age of eight, and majored in composition, music technology, recording techniques, and music for audiovisual media at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2011. After attending film scoring workshops in both New York City and Mexico City with renowned film leaders such as Guillermo del Toro, Jimena’s compositions have been featured in international music festivals, commercials, films, and documentaries.


High Schools – Bernardo Feldman

Born in Mexico City in 1955, Bernardo Feldman’s music has been described as “…highly original and abounding on innovative timbral discoveries… (Jose Barros Sierra, Excelsior, Mexico City).” His catalog of works includes music for chamber and symphonic groups as well as compositions involving the use of computers to combine and process electronic and acoustic sounds. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Brazil, several European countries, and Israel.