Vicente Chavarría

Conductor and composer Vicente Chavarría currently serves as Artistic Director of early music ensembles Flos Campi and La Monarca, both based at USC in Los Angeles, as well as Director of the Gloria Dei Choir in La Habra, California. He has recently premiered works by several Southern California composers with various ensembles and collaborated with the St. John's Cathedral Choir for the a Getty Foundation presentation. He has prepared ensembles for Alberto Grau, Adam Knight Gilbert, Scott Seaton, Cristian Grases, and Ruben Valenzuela. Mr. Chavarria has composed and arranged music for several artists and ensembles, including GRAMMY–award winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Sir James Galway, soprano Helen Donath, and various ensembles at the University of Miami, University of Southern California, and Clemson University. His music is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Alliance Music Publications, and Augsburg Fortress.

Mr. Chavarría holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Miami–Frost School of Music, where he taught a course in Introductory Musicology. He founded and led the Fra Angelico Chamber Choir and the Sibelius Camerata for four years, performing diverse early and modern repertoire (including the Miami premiere of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo). He also served as Artistic Director of Amazonia Vocal Ensemble for two years. He was cover conductor for the Schumann Chamber Orchestra and Existential Orchestra while at UM and premiered a short work by James Progris with the UM–Frost Symphony Orchestra. He made his international debut in 2008, conducting the Sinfonia Bucharest in Romania. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Early Music Performance at the University of Southern California, studying with Adam Knight Gilbert, Rotem Gilbert, Jason Yoshida, and Rachelle Fox, and serves as Teaching Assistant for the USC–Thornton Baroque Sinfonia. With USC, he has appeared regularly at the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals. He has performed with Bach–Collegium San Diego, LASchola, the St. John's Cathedral Choir (LA), the USC Baroque Sinfonia, USC Collegium Workshop, USC Chamber Singers, and Compline Scholars, and has guest conducted The Chamber Opera of USC, San Gabriel Valley Choral Company, Orange County Recorder Society, and Viols West. He has performed in masterclasses for Trudy Kane, Rodney Eichenberger, Andreas Scholl, Xavier Díaz–Latorre, and the Hilliard Ensemble. While at USC, he has performed as a baritone as well as on harpsichord, continuo organ, recorder, and Baroque guitar. Memberships include ASCAP and the Youth Advisory Board of Early Music America.

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