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Armando Torres Chibrás
Works at El Sistema-Mexico/SNFM-CONACULTA
Attended University of Missouri-Kansas City
Lives in Ciudad de México
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Armando Torres Chibrás is an orchestra conductor, with extended activities as scholar, lecturer, academic jury, author, arts leader and citizen artist born in Mexico City. United States resident since June 30, 2013.
Orchestra Conducting, Arts Management, Cultural Policies,
  • El Sistema-Mexico/SNFM-CONACULTA
    Head of the Orchestral Academy Carlos Chávez, 2012 - present
    The Orchestral Academy Program or Programa Orquesta Escuela (POE) is the most important program in México specialized in training future orchestra musicians. The POE‘s offers the only bachelor of music degree specialized in orchestral performance in México and the degree programs are accredited by the Secretariat of Public Education and the National Registry of Professionals. An academic staff of forty includes the finest national and international musicians from the best orchestras in the country, as well as distinguished instructors on theory, music history, Alexander technique and physical theatre, in addition to the only medical professionals specialized in performing arts medicine in México.POE’s students have the opportunity to perform and tour as members of the Carlos Chávez Youth Symphony Orchestra. The CCYSO is the only collegiate orchestra in México offering a permanent season of concerts at the National Arts Center.
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Ciudad de México
I define myself as an orchestra conductor who believes resolutely in the fundamental value of the arts and culture, acknowledging its significant impact in the quality of life and economy in our contemporary society.

I am someone who passionately advocates that orchestras are among our civilization’s most important cultural resources.

All around the world where we find these institutions we perceive their artistic and educational contribution to the regions where they serve.

Through their diverse activities, orchestras promote understanding of other cultures, foster pride in their communities, contribute to the development of children and provide their audiences a lifelong learning opportunity.

As a conductor I feel that my chosen profession is important because through it I can help to enrich society communicating the meaning and value of music as well as the role of music in life.

But that it is only the beginning. Thanks to an extraordinary and visionary leader,   Dr. José Antonio Abreu, I recognize that an orchestra is much more than just an artistic structure or a cultural organization. The orchestra can be used as an example and a school of social life and music as agent of social change. Therefore I strongly endorse the principles of this amazing global movement that transforms and empowers the lives of children and young people through music, mentorship and opportunities.

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Doctor of Musical Arts, 1995 - 1998
    Dissertation: José Pablo Moncayo, Mexican Composer and Conductor: A Survey of his Life with a Historical Perspective of his Time This work concerns the life and work of the Mexican composer and conductor José Pablo Moncayo (1912-1958), and his place in the development of art music in México during the first half of the twentieth century. The dissertation examines the different activities that Moncayo undertook, giving special attention to his endeavors as a conductor, particularly to his position as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of México. This study of Moncayo's life, as a leitmotif, draws a portrait of the times and forces that shaped the musical identity of México, reflecting how México participated at that moment in the international music scene. Moncayo remains little known as a composer or as a research subject, despite the great popularity of one of his compositions -- the Huapango for orchestra. Unfortunately, the early success of Huapango overshadowed the rest of Moncayo’s production, and some very fine works of his were not performed again after their premiere, until recent years. Research on the life and accomplishments of Moncayo has been minimal at best. Moncayo’s biographies can be found in a few paragraphs in music dictionaries and encyclopedias, and although there are some articles devoted to him or to his music, no book about him has been published in México or abroad before the defense of this academic work. The result of this research is the most complete biography of José Pablo Moncayo in the English language to date.
  • HEC Montréal
    Arts Management, 1991 - 1991
    DIPLÔME D'ÉTUDES SUPÉRIEURES SPÉCIALISÉES EN GESTION D'ORGANISMES CULTURELS [Graduate Diploma in the Management of Cultural Organizations] Cultural Policies, Organizational Behavior, Management, Marketing in the Arts, Accounting for the Arts, The Law and the Arts, Management of Cultural Organizations, Human Resources, Information Systems, Fundraising.
  • Zuyd University of Applied Sciences-Maastricht Academy of Music
    Orchestra Conducting, 1982 - 1986
    The Maastricht Academy of Music, Dutch: Conservatorium Maastricht, located in the city of Maastricht, is one of nine music academies in the Netherlands. The academy is a faculty of the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Zuyd in Dutch) for the Bachelor programme and the "Zuid Nederlandse Hogeschool voor Muziek" for the Master programme, in co-operation with the Fontys Academy of Music, academy of Music of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences. The academy provides advanced vocational training. The music academy collaborates with the two others art faculties of the Zuyd University: the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and with the Faculty of Arts and Culture of Maastricht University.
  • National Conservatory of Music of Mexico
    Orchestra Conducting and Composition, 1973 - 1982
    The Conservatory was founded on July 1, 1866, by the priest, teacher and choir conductor Agustín Caballero, with the support of the Mexican Philharmonic Society (Sociedad Filarmónica Mexicana) and Emperor Maximilian I. It is the oldest official school of music in Mexico City, and it is the host institution of the oldest symphonic orchestra in the country (Orquesta Sinfónica del Conservatorio Nacional, founded in 1881). Since March 18, 1949, its campus is located in the Polanco section of Mexico City in an architectural complex designed and built by Mario Pani.
  • Polyphonic Studies Workshop of Mexico
    Composition, 1978 - 1982
    Private studio of Mexican composer Humberto Hernandez Medrano in Mexico City. Hernandez Medrano was a protegée of Carlos Chávez, also studied with Aaron Copland an later studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Shostakovich and Kavalevsky.
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