Juan Hernández was recently appointed interim director of Choral Activities at the University of New Mexico, where he conducts the University Chorus and Concert Choir, and teaches Choral Conducting at the undergraduate level.
Hernández, a native of Bucaramanga, Colombia, studied piano, violin and clarinet as a child and participated in numerous instrumental ensembles. He studied Choral Conducting at Los Andes University in Bogotá as an undergraduate, where he was assistant to the conductor for both the All-Campus Choir and to the Chamber Chorus. He also founded several choirs with the specific goal of interpreting music of all eras and genres, participating in several choir festivals in Bogotá, and in the third Choir Olympics in Bremen, Germany in 2004.
"It is always a pleasure to make music with people that share with me the passion for choral music, and it has been a privilege to be working with the choral programs at University of New Mexico,” Hernández said. The choral activities at this university have a highly positive impact on this region of the country. I am honored to continue with the legacy that UNM has built over the past years."
The University Chorus and UNM Symphony Orchestra will perform Mass in G, D167 by Franz Schubert on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Popejoy Hall, UNM Center for the Arts. The UNM Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Eric Rombach-Kendall will also perform Mothership by Mason Bates and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36.
UNM University Chorus, which has with the longest continuous history at UNM, dating back to at least the mid-1920s, today enjoys a well-deserved reputation for providing the community with fine performances. Since its beginning, the group has functioned as a “town and gown” oratorio society. This choir of approximately 100 singers draws its membership from a remarkable mix of students, faculty, staff and community members of all ages and walks of life. Their diversity is united through a deep love of choral singing. It is one of the largest choral groups in New Mexico.
Tickets are $15 / $10 / $5 via UNMTickets.com or at the Fine Arts Box Office before the performance.