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Giselle Elgarresta rioS

CONDUCTOR, EDUCATOR, SOPRANO AND GLOBAL ADVOCATE OF THE ARTS  

about

Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios is a renowned choral conductor, educator, soprano and global advocate of the arts dedicated to fostering music and art development. Her global appeal has been illustrated by her dedication to the arts, as she effortlessly shifts amongst her task as a conductor, singer, charismatic public speaker, scholar, and administrator. Dr. Elgarresta Rios is the first Cuban-American woman to conduct in Carnegie Hall in New York City.

She has been instrumental in furthering the interest for the arts in South Florida through strategic collaborations and board engagements with organizations such as The Florida Grand Opera, St. Martha’s Concert Series, Peermusic Publishing, Colonial South Florida’s Collection of Early Florida and Cuban documents and artifacts, and the Miami Music Festival. In addition, she has served as a choral adjudicator and clinician for The Walt Disney Company and is part of the artistic committee of Chorus Inside International, chosen among the most devoted and relevant personalities of the music and choral environment. Click here to read more.

 

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conductor

known for her artistic direction, creative prograMming and COMPELLING leadership

Most recently she has conducted major works such as Carmina Burana, Stabat Mater, Coronation Mass, Misa Criolla and Choros; provided musical direction for Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, and Urinetown; and collaborated with instrumentalists and chorales from South Florida including the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, South Beach Chamber Ensemble, the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami, and Opera Atelier, among others. 

Other conducting engagements have included conducting choral concerts at the Notre Dame and Eglise Madeleine in Paris, France, Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Orchestra, and with the Miami Pops Symphony and Chorus at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Elgarresta Rios has served as guest faculty for the Music Institute of Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile since 2012 where she has led the International Course of Repertoire and Choral Studies program. For L’Associazione Coro dell'Accademia of Pescara, she has been visiting conductor leading choral workshops and festivals in Pescara and Scanno, Italy. Throughout her conducting projects there is a focus on choral repertoire by Latin American and Caribbean composers.

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soprano

An artist whose versatility and expression offers an intimate connection with the music

Selected opera roles performed: 

La Traviata - Violetta
The Merry Widow - Sonja
Don Pasquale - Norina
La Boheme - Musetta
La Boheme - Mimi
I Pagliacci - Nedda
Le Nozze di Figaro - La Contessa
Le Nozze di Figaro - Susanna
La cambiale di matrimonio - Fanny
Romeo et Juliette - Juliette
The Music Shop - Masha
Cecilia Valdés - Isabel Illinceta
El Cafetal - La Niña
The Boor - Widow
Signor Deluso - Celie
The Mistake - Ariel
Gallantry - Lola

ENSEMBLE SOLO PERFORMANCE WITH ORCHESTRA

Soprano soloist, Misa Azteca, Joseph Julian Gonzalez
Soprano soloist, Cecilia Valdes, Gonzalo Roig
Soprano soloist, Messiah, Handel
Soprano soloist, Rejoice in the Lamb, Benjamin Britten
Soprano soloist, Parable of Death, Lucas Foss
Soprano soloist, Chichester Psalm, Leonard Bernstein
Soprano soloist, Dona Nobis Pacem, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Soprano soloist, Gloria, Francis Poulenc

 

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educator

WORKSHOPS, ADJUDICATION,
CONSULTING, AND VOICE CLASSES FOR
CHORAL DIRECTORS AND SINGERS


Workshop themes include: 

  • "Music in a liberal arts university curriculum" - how to implement interdisciplinary studies.
     
  • "Sing it like a Native" - Latin-American and Caribbean choral music, experience the repertoire and style, focusing on diction, and rhythmic articulation of this genre.
     
  • "Chiaroscuro" - learn how to apply vocal techniques to develop a palette of timbres appropriate to the repertoire.
     
  • "The Poets' Requiem" by Ned Rorem - examining the interaction between text and music.

 

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global arts advocate

 
 

in the community and around the world

She has been instrumental in furthering the interest for the arts in South Florida through strategic collaborations and board engagements with organizations such as The Florida Grand Opera, St. Martha’s Concert Series, Peermusic Publishing, Colonial South Florida’s Collection of Early Florida and Cuban documents and artifacts, and the Miami Music Festival.

Dr. Elgarresta Rios' passion and commitment to the community is demonstrated by her volunteer service and leadership on a myriad of cultural initiatives for organizations and projects such as Habitat for Humanity of South Florida, Temple Israel, Betsy Hotel, Doral Conservatory and School of the Arts, Archdioceses of Miami, Merrick Festival Caroling Competition, Corpus Christi Catholic Church’s Women Empowerment Program and Actors' Playhouse. She also serves as Artistic Director for several projects involving South Florida’s youth as ambassadors of the arts, with Crecer Cantando in Chile, Las Tunas Foundation in Argentina and Inspired Gateways in France. 

 

 
 
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