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Sandra Santos González, Maribel Nodarse & Ensemble Vocal Luna

DSC_2065A pianist and conservatory student from an early age and graduate in choral conducting from Cuba’s Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán, Sandra Santos was a solo singer and children’s choir director before joining the prize-winning women’s ensemble Vocal Luna as director.  In 2007 she founded the girl’s choir Lunitas. In 2011 Sandra assumed directorship of Coral Children of Musica Antigua; and in 2013 she founded the youth choir Young Cantoras.

Maribel-Nodarse-Valdes

Maribel Nodarse Valdés joined the staff of Vocal Luna in 2002, after completing her conservatory training at the National School of Music. A specialist in conducting and interpreting Latin American music for children’s choirs, Maribel taught music education in Havana from 2002-2007. She has been conductor of the boys’ choir Pequeños Principes since 2009, the girls’ choir Allegretto since 2013 and the youth choir Cantabile since 2014.

Ensemble Vocal Luna is a select ensemble of 12 women with a highly-varied repertoire embracing an eclectic range of composers, styles and genres of world music.

5Formed in 2002, Vocal Luna consistently wins grand prizes and gold medals in prestigious international choir festivals. At home they have shared the stage with important ensembles such as Exaudi, Ars Longa, the National Choir of Cuba and Coralina, and were chosen as the host choir for a UN conference held in Havana in 2003. Over the years Vocal Luna has collaborated with many ensembles and orchestras from abroad, including groups from Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Germany, Moldova, Russia, Italy and Spain.

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