Junior High School SATB Honor Choir
Conductor: Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, is a composer, conductor, visionary, leading figure in music education and the artistic director/founder of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), renowned worldwide for its diversity and artistic excellence. Since its founding, Mr. Núñez has changed the perception of the capabilities of a children’s chorus, dramatically heightening an awareness of the unlimited potential of children to rise to unforeseen levels of artistry. He also leads New York City's University Glee Club as its fifth conductor since the all-men’s chorus was established in 1894, and is sought after nationwide as a guest conductor by professional orchestras and choirs. Mr. Núñez is a master teacher and advisor, and frequent keynote speaker as a leading authority on the role of music in achieving equality and diversity among children in today’s society. He composes countless compositions and arrangements in all musical formats and styles for choirs, orchestras and solo instruments, and his works are published by Boosey & Hawkes. Mr. Núñezhas received an ASCAP Victor Herbert Award, the New York Choral Society’s Choral Excellence Award, and ABC-TV honored him as its “Person of the Week.” His writings are published by Cambridge University Press.
Youth Treble Honor Choir
Conductor: Judith Herrington is the Founder and Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed Tacoma Youth Chorus, a choral education program of seven select choirs, grades 1 through 12, serving more than 240 young people in the south Puget Sound area of Washington. The chorus is known for performance of outstanding music literature, superb musicianship and collaborations with professional performing organizations. In addition, Ms. Herrington brings more than 35 years of teaching and conducting experience to her work at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington, where she received the Inspirational Faculty Award and the Murray Foundation Chair for Teaching Excellence. A graduate of the University of Oregon, she earned her Master of Education degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland and has furthered her conducting studies through master classes with Rodney Eichenberger and Henry Leck. Ms. Herrington is highly regarded as a guest conductor, workshop and choral clinician, currently serves as Past President of the Washington state chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and conducted the Junior High School Honor Choir at the 2008 ACDA Western Division conference in Anaheim. She has published choral compositions and arrangements and co-authored choral teaching texts through Colla Voce Publishing and Pavane Publishing, the latter for whom she also edits a choral series.
High School SATB Honor Choir
Conductor: Maria Guinand is an internationally renowned Venezuelan choral conductor and specialist in Latin-American Choral Music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Bristol, England, then earned a Choral Conductor Diploma from the Youth Orchestra Academy in Caracas. Ms. Guinand's leadership positions have included being dean of the Jose Angel Lamas Music School and of the University Simón Bolívar in Caracas, where she has worked as a professor of music and conductor for 28 years. In Venezuela, she conducts the Cantoría Alberto Grau, the Orfeón Universitario Simón Bolívar, and the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, with whom she has toured extensively and recorded many times. Ms. Guinand served as the conductor of the Festivalensemble Choir for The European Music Festival from 2001 to 2004. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Music Council of UNESCO, and has served as Vice President for Latin America and First Vice-President in the International Federation for Choral Music. Ms. Guinand was the principal organizer of the Americas Cantat III held in Caracas in 2000, and is widely known from her association with Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión según San Marcos.
Polly Vasché, Coordinator, 2014 ACDA Western Division Honor Choirs