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Announcing New Leadership for Coro Latinoamericano

CCC is excited to announce the new leadership team who will support our Coro Latinoamericano. Daniel, Stephany, and Bruno have contributed their musical gifts to CCC over the years and throughout the interim. We are grateful to them for continuing their work in our community in this new way!

DANIEL DUARTE | Daniel Duarte is a Doctor in Music and Faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

He is an active guitarist, arranger, conductor and lecturer who has collected prizes in several guitar and chamber music competitions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Duarte is also a multi-instrumentalist who performs on different types of guitars and as a flutist.

Duarte’s primary studies were with guitarist Henrique Pinto and Ernesto Bitetti. He earned his D.M. at Indiana University while focusing his academic research on the topic of multiculturalism. During his doctoral studies, Duarte had his research supported by the Presser Foundation as a recipient of the outstanding graduate music student award. His academic work also led Marshall University to award him the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor of Arts award.

At IU, he is the founder and director of the Guitar Ensemble program that includes the Jacobs Guitar Ensemble, IU Guitar Ensemble, All-Campus Guitar Ensemble, and the Electric Guitar Orchestra. The ensembles perform fundamental repertoire related to the classical guitar tradition and various other styles while featuring original works and arrangements written specifically for the ensemble. Duarte teaches general education lectures that cover broad historical subjects related to music and guitar. At the Jacobs School of Music, he has also collaborated as director of ensembles of the Latin American Music Center. These activities led him to receive the Trustees Teaching Award.

As a touring artist, Duarte is currently presenting concerts with fellow guitarist and IU faculty member Petar Jankovic. As a guitar duo, Petar and Daniel have had dozens of appearances since 2016, reaching audiences throughout the United States and abroad while featuring a modern approach to the classical guitar repertoire during concerts and master classes. See Daniel and Petar in concert at CCC on Saturday, Oct. 15.

BRUNO SANDES | Praised for his “ability to engage deeply with any audience” (Herald Times) and his “warm, refined, and mature voice” (NUVO), Brazilian American baritone Bruno Sandes earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Jacobs School of Music and is currently in the final stages of his doctorate in Voice under the tutelage of soprano Carol Vaness. With a long concert repertoire, Sandes has also sung a vast and diverse number of roles, including Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Don Giovanni and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Sergeant Sulpice in La Fille du Regiment, Ali Hakim in Oklahoma!, Doctor Falke in Die Fledermaus, Emile de Becque in South Pacific, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algieri, and Sùng Ông in the world premiere of P. Q. Phan’s The Tale of Lady Thi Kính, among others.

Sandes has been seen on stages and theaters in North America, Europe, and South America. He has received many awards, including a Joshi International Fellowship from the Georgina Joshi Foundation, first place in the XI Maracanto International Voice Competition, a winner of the 2013 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, semifinalist in the IX Maria Callas International Voice Competition, and selected as one of six singers from around the world in the 42nd International Winter Festival of Campos do Jordão. He was chosen as the grand winner of the 2014 IU Latin American Music Center Recording Competition and was a semifinalist of the 2018 Liszt International Competition.

A singer of diverse talents, Sandes has combined his passion for folk music and classical music, and often presents masterclasses and lectures on the topic. He has an active private voice studio and is passionate about helping people of all ages and background to develop and improve their singing skills. Sandes has been a member of both choirs at CCC for the last eight years.

STEPHANY COHEN | Stephany Cohen is a passionate classical and Latin percussionist from Cali, Colombia. She performs and teaches around the Bloomington-Indianapolis areas. Her versatility allows her to perform and teach drum set, classical/solo percussion and Latin percussion/commercial music. She has played percussion professionally with IU faculty members, including Descarga + 5 Latin Jazz and the Daniel & Petar Guitar Duo. At a young age, she enrolled at the Cali Conservatory, studying percussion, guitar, and piano. She holds an MM and a BM in Percussion Performance from Indiana University and Eastern Illinois University. Stephany has won several music scholarships/competitions, including the Eastern Symphonic Orchestra concerto competition and the Avedis Zildjian Scholarship. Some of her teachers include Michael Spiro, Steve Houghton, John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo.