CONTRAPUNTO VOCAL ENSEMBLE
The Contrapunto Vocal Ensemble is comprised of professional musicians with music degrees from prestigious institutions in Mexico and abroad. Since the ensemble began its activities in 2001, it has been dedicated to the study and promotion of a cappella vocal music, participating in cultural events in diverse institutions such as the University of Guadalajara, Jarales Technological Institute, the Hotel Camino Real, the Club de Industriales de Jalisco, the Artistic and Cultural department of Zapopan and Guadalajara’s prestigious May International Arts Festival, as well as supporting civic community programs such as MAMA A.C. and DIF (Integral Family Development) Centers in the state of Jalisco.
In February 2002 the ensemble was awarded its first meritorious grant from the federal foundation FONCA (National Fund for Art and Culture), permitting it to work on the investigation and preparation of rare new material.
In January of 2002, after only six months of working together, the group recorded their first CD ‘Una Orquesta de Cuerdas Vocales’ (An Orchestra of Vocal Chords) , after which they were invited to participate in their first international sacred music festival in Quito, Ecuador.
In August 2002 the group were invited for the first of several times to perform in Mexico City for the INBA’s Sabados Corales (National Fine Arts Institute’s Choral Saturdays), as well asLa Sociedad Mexicana de Geografía y Estadística and the Jalisco Cultural Institute of the Distrito Federal.
The ensemble also performed as part of Guadalajara’s 462nd and 463rd Founding Anniversary Celebrations in the prestigious Festival del Centro Histórico de Guadalajara with great success.
In the beginning of 2005 the group was again awarded with another federal grant by CONACULTA (National Council for Culture and Arts),through the Program of Estímulos a la Creación y al Desarrollo Artístico (Stimulus for Artistic Creation and Development) and were selected to be the representative group in the CONACULTA Scholarship Expo.
In 2006 the ensemble performed in Guadalajara’s prestigious Degollado Theatre, World Heritage Site ‘El Instituto Cultural Cabañas’, the University of Guadalajara’s Paraninfo Concert Hall and Lake Chapala with their award-winning programs ‘The Divine Levity of Song’, ‘Echoes of Mexico’ and ‘Love and Death: Perennial Inspiration’.
In August of the same year the ensemble was invited to perform in Leon, Guanajuato’s Second National Choral Festival to excellent reviews.
In November they had the honor of representing Mexico in Chiapas’ First International Choral Festival, with concerts in San Cristobal de las Casas and Tuxtla-Gutierrez as well as Tapachula, Chiapas in the 5° Festival de las Culturas y las Artes ‘Fray Matías de Córdova y Ordóñez’.
In 2007 they were asked to represent the state of Jalisco at the Primer Festival Internacional de Coros de Cámara (International Chamber Music Festival)Estado de México, sharing the stage with ensembles from Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Yucatan, Puebla, Toluca and Mexico City.
In 2008 they began the year with the program ‘1000 Years of Vocal Music’, for the Anniversary of Guadalajara’s 466th Foundation in the Centro Historico. They were also invited as technical support for Tequila Cuervo’s Choral Foundation during the International Agave Festival in the ‘pueblo magico’ (magical town) of Tequila, Jalisco.
The group is also active in promoting vocal music in all parts of the state of Jalisco, traveling to different towns and municipalities all over the state, performing not only on theatre stages but also in churches and public plazas. For this philanthropic work the group has received recognition of the State Secretary of Culture for their adaptability and interpretative dexterity, no matter the medium.
In July of 2009 the group was invited abroad to participate in the IX Festival Internacional de Coros ‘José María Bravo Márquez’ Medellín, Colombia, where they performed in eight different concerts to rave reviews and public approbation.
In 2010 the ensemble was awarded their third grant by FONCA-CONACULTA for their stimulus program ‘El Encanto del Canto’ (The Enchantment of Song), also participating in acting, corporal movement and group psychology workshops throughout the year.
Also in 2010 the ensemble was invited to perform as part of Guadalajara’s First International Choral Festival ‘Jalisco Canta’ , as well as theIII Festival Internacional de Música Antigua (3rd International Festival of Ancient Music)in Tlajomulco, Jalisco.
In August and September the group again traveled out of the country to perform in the XXXII Festival Internacional de Coros en Guayaquil, Ecuador, the Primer Encuentro Internacional de Coros de Sullana, Piura , and the XII Festival Internacional de Coros de Cusco, Perú, sharing stages with talented ensembles from Venezuela, Brasil, Ecuador, Colombia, Aruba, Peru, and Argentina.
In March 2011 the ensemble had the honor of being invited to perform in Mexico City’s historical Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) as part of a benefit concert to honor the work of Jorge Cordoba at the composer’s request.
Since the beginning of 2011 the group began work on the community arts project ‘Tonala: Un Canto a la Vida’ (Tonala: A Song for Life), to involve the community of this neighboring artesans’ town in a long-range choral program: at present they have begun successfully working with three new volunteer choral groups whom they are now preparing for their first concert in Guadalajara’s International May Arts Festival.
LUPITA CHAVIRA, DIRECTOR
Lupita Chavira, a Guadalajara native, began her musical studies at the University of Guadalajara and continued to Mexico City’s National Music Conservatory, majoring in Operatic Vocal Performance. She formed part of several professional vocal groups in Mexico City: Coro de Madrigalistas and Solistas Ensamble, both groups belonging to the INBA (National Institute of Fine Arts); as well as Ensamble Coral de Cámara de la Ciudad de México, Coro Nacional de México, Coro de la Academia de Minería, Coro de la OFUNAM, the Vocal Octet ‘Juan D. Tercero’ and the world-recognized a cappella Quintet ‘Voz en Punto’. She has done ample work as a soloist as well, working with directors such as Eduardo Mata (QEPD), Eduardo Díaz Muñoz, Fernando Lozano, Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Icilio Bredo, etc., with whom she also has taken Master Classes in medieval, renaissance and baroque music, opera, musical comedy, choral and orchestral direction, etc.
Since May 2001 she is the founding director of Contrapunto Vocal Ensemble.
In 2002 she was awarded a grant by the Sistema Nacional de Fomento Musical (National Sistem for Musical Promotion)in La Paz, Baja California to study orchestral conducting.
In 2005 she began creating workshops in choral training in several municipalities in the state of Jalisco. She also began PRO-VOCACION CORAL as an alternative form of choral training for people whose musical vocation has always had to take second place to their work or studies.
She is music coordinator and vocal coach of the Comprehensive Training School of Dance in Guadalajara.
In 2007 she was named artistic coordinator of Pre-Forum Guadalajara as part of the Fórum Universal de las Culturas (Universal Cultural Forum) Monterrey 2007.
In July of 2007 she won the conducting competition to become the director of the Coro Profesional de Tequila, sponsored by the Jose Cuervo Foundation. She prepares four different programs a year with this choral group, performing in 2008 with the Jalisco Philharmonic and the Zarzuela Company ‘ Pepita Embil’ in the Zarzuela Gala as part of Tequila’s International Agave Festival 2008. In the 2009 Festival, the choir performed with international recording star Eugenia Leon accompanied by the ‘Orquesta de Cámara Blas Galindo’ under the direction of Guillermo Salvador, and again in 2010 with international tenor Fernando de la Mora, accompanied by the Jalisco Philharmonic under the direction of Hector Guzman.
Since 2008 she is the director of EVC PRO-ARTE A.C., a non-profit organization dedicated to artistic promotion in the state of Jalisco. She is also technical advisor to The Secretary of Public Education in Jalisco.
She has been invited to teach master classes and conferences at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, and as part of the XII festival Internacional de Coros de Cusco, Peru, as well as the Casa Clavijero at the ITESO University (Instituto Technologico de Estudios Superiories del Occidente).
In 2011 she created the community choral program ‘Tonala: Un Canto a la Vida’, of which she is director and coordinator.
CONTRAPUNTO VOCAL ENSEMBLE
DIRECTOR: LUPITA CHAVIRA
SOPRANOS: KARLA MARTINEZ
CONTRALTOS. LUPITA CHAVIRA
TENORS: JOSE MARIA LOPEZ
JOSE MARIA L. VENTURA
BASSES: ALEJANDRO MERCADO
ASSISTANT: RAMON YERENA
PUBLIC RELATIONS: INGRID CRESPO