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Tonos del Sur

Tuesday, October 15

7:30 PM |  First Presbyterian Church 

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Juan Orrego-Salas 100th Birthday Celebration Festival 

Guest Lecture: 
Carmen-Helena Téllez, "With The Pulse of The Times: Orrego Salas' Madrigales for Choir a Cappella in the Continuum of his Choral Oeuvre"
Jan Harrington, discussant



Presenter Biographies

Carmen-Helena Téllez, Doctor of Music

Conductor, Producer and Interdisciplinary Artist
Contemporary Music and Latin American Music Scholar


Carmen-Helena Téllez is Professor of Music and Senior Professor of the Choral Conducting Studio at the University of Notre Dame since 2012.  At Notre Dame, she initiated their new doctoral program in choral conducting, and she has focused her activity on new modes of art-music presentation, including immersive and interactive concepts aided by technology, illuminating the co-creative role of performers and audiences alongside the composer of the musical work.  Between 2012 and 2016, she directed four interdisciplinary sacred music dramas with a major grant from the Mellon Foundation, and she commissioned new works by Robert Kyr, Sven-David Sandstrøm, and Gabriela Lena Frank.  Between 1992 and 2012, she was Professor of Choral Conducting and the Director of the Latin American Music Center and the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (now Notus), at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, frequently teaching the seminars of Choral Literature, and directing more than twenty doctoral documents. During this period, she promoted the work of Latin American composers and their interaction with their peers in the United States through conferences, world and collegiate premieres, commissions, and CDs, as well as new courses, ensembles and competitions. A salient project was a CD with an anthology of major choral works by Juan Orrego Salas. She lectures frequently on contemporary music and Latin American composers at major universities at the USA and abroad. She began her career as a specialist in choral-orchestral works, winning the Herford National Dissertation Award in 1991 for her doctoral document on the relationship between Handel’s oratorio Athalia and Racine’s play Athalie (Indiana University, 1989). In 2010, Indiana University recognized her with the Tracy M. Sonneborn Award for exemplary research and teaching.


Jan Harrington, Doctor of Music

American conductor and educator Jan Harrington is the Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Conducting at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Harrington joined the faculty at the Jacobs School of Music in 1973 and is the former director of choral activities at the University of Oklahoma. Professor Harrington has served as conductor of the Festival Chorus and SUNY at Fredonia and worked as a faculty member and conductor at the Aspen Choral Institute and Dartmouth Conducting Institute. Harrington also served as director of Choral Ensembles at Depauw University. Professor Harrington received his B.M. at Southern Methodist University, followed by his M.M. and D.M. at Indiana University and has recordings on the Spectrum Records label.


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