Orfeón San Juan Bautista
Founder and Artistic Director: Guarionex Morales-Matos Conductor and Artistic Director: Daniel Alejandro Tapia-Santiago Orfeón San Juan Bautista is Puerto Rican a professional chamber choral ensemble created in 2001. It is directed by professor Guarionex Morales-Matos (its founder) and doctor Daniel Alejandro Tapia-Santiago. Its repertoire includes sacred and secular works from the great universal traditions, as well as folkloric and popular pieces from Puerto Rico and Ibero-America. This diversity is featured in its seventeen titles discography. The expressiveness, the technical skill, and the consistent exceptionality of Orfeón all distinguish its 12 annual musical performances in its homeland. Outside of the island, it has offered concerts at United States of America (Connecticut, 2002; Ohio, 2005; Florida, 2007; New York, 2008; New Jersey, 2014; New York, 2016; Connecticut, 2022), Italy (Florence, 2005), Spain (Sevilla and Huelva, 2010), Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo, 2011), Colombia (Santiago de Cali, 2012), Canada (Montreal, 2013), Cuba (La Habana, 2015), Mexico (Puebla and Veracruz, 2019) and France (Paris, 2022). The choir is committed to Puerto Rican composers and the promotion of contemporary works. For this reason, it holds yearly music premieres and in 2011 founded the Concurso de Composición Orfeón San Juan Bautista, a music composition contest for undergraduate students. Moreover, in March 2006, along with the University of Puerto Rico Alumni Association, it established the Beca Abel Di Marco, a scholarship aimed at providing musical instruments to academically distinguished students. Currently, the ensemble has 44 singers and 4 musicians (guitar, piano, cuatro puertorriqueño and percussion).