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Raymond Wise (USA)

Raymond Wise serves as Professor of Practice, African American African Diaspora Studies Department, the Associate Director of the African American Arts Institute and Director of the African American Choral Ensemble at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.  He earned Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Education from The Ohio State University (2002, 1996) and a B.F.A. in Music from Denison University, Granville, Ohio (1983).  Studied in Opera, Art, and German at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria (1982) and African-American History, Music, and Dance at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California (1983).  His research and teaching interests includes the history and performance of African American Gospel and Sacred music. He is an ordained minister and regularly serves as a singer, pianist, composer, director, conductor, lecturer, and teacher for orchestras, opera companies, churches and choral festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

María Guinand (Venezuela)

María Guinand, choral conductor and University Professor, is frequently invited as conductor and teacher in the U.S.A, Europe, Asia and Latin America. A specialist in Latin-American Choral Music of the 20th and 21st centuries, she has won the ‘Kulturpreis’(1998) of the InterNationes Foundation, the Robert Edler Preis für Chormusik (2000), and recently the Helmuth Rilling Preis (2009). A graduate of Bristol University (England), Guinand studied choral conducting with Alberto Grau. She has studied with Helmuth Rilling, Luigi Agustoni and Johannes B. Goeschl. Ms. Guinand resides in Venezuela, where she directs the Schola Cantorumde Venezuela and the Cantoría Alberto Grau. Her choirs have toured extensively and won many awards. Always interested in new choral music, she has participated in a variety of performances and recordings for the labels Deutsche Grammophon and Nonesuch, including Osvaldo Golijov ́s Pasión según San Marcos and John Adam ́s A Flowering Tree. For over 30 years she has been Associated Conductor and Advisor of Choral Symphonic Performances and Activites of El Sistema( FESNOJIV). She teaches in the Master Degree Program for Choral Conductors at the University Simón Bolívar where she has worked as professor and conductor for 28 years.

Judit Hartyányi (Hungary)

Judit Hartyányi holds a diploma from the Liszt Academy of Music in Choral Conducting and Teachers’ Training. She is recently retired as an Associate Professor of Orchestra and Choral Conducting at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. From 1972 to 2011, she conducted several choirs, including the Girls’ Chorus of Székesfehérvár, Hungary, which premiered works by many contemporary Hungarian composers and won awards in international competitions. She was awarded the ARTISJUS prize for performers of contemporary music.
 Since 1995, she has been a frequent visiting professor at Holy Names University. She has served as juror for numerous international choral competitions (France, Hungary, Italy, Romania, USA) and has taught summer courses and workshops in Italy, Slovenia, Ireland, New Zealand, U.K., Malaysia, the Philippines and the U.S. Judit is a Vice President of the International Kodály Society (IKS), and a president of the Arts Council of the Association of Hungarian Choirs and Orchestras.

Karen Anderson (California, USA)

Karen Anderson has taught private voice for 25 years and has had students win San Francisco Bay area competitions and full scholarships to several universities throughout the United States. Ms Anderson is known as a vocal lecturer to various vocal groups.

Martin Benvenuto (California, USA)

Martín Benvenuto is one of the leading treble choir conductors in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he is Artistic Director for WomenSing (WS) and the Peninsula Women’s Chorus (PWC), and is active as a clinician, panelist, and guest conductor. Recognized for his exacting technique, compelling presence, and a passion for drawing the finest choral tone, Benvenuto’s repertoire is extensive. In addition to the historical repertoire, his choirs are dedicated to commissioning new works from composers such as Kirke Mechem, Libby Larsen, Mark Winges, Ted Hearne, Chen Yi, Stacy Garrop, Judith Shatin, Frank Ferko, Brian Holmes, and David ConteBenvenuto's choirs have earned high marks in international competitions in Argentina, South Africa, Canada, Hungary, and Spain. Of particular note is third prize awarded to the PWC at the Béla Bártok International Choir Competition in 2006, PWC’s second place in the 2011 American Prize in Choral Performance, and the 2010 Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker award, which recognized WomenSing for programming recently- composed music that expanded the mission of the chorus and challenged the chorus’s audience in new ways. He holds a D.M.A. in choral conducting from Boston University. He earned his master’s degree from Westminster Choir College, majoring both in Choral Conducting and Voice Performance and Pedagogy. His undergraduate degrees in choral conducting and composition are from the Universidad Católica Argentina.