R&S ETHNIC & MULTICULTURAL
My name is Will Lopes and I’m honored to be serving as the R&R Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural. My hope is that as we walk through this journey together you will find that the process of preparing a multicultural piece is as rewarding as the final product. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any question, idea or advice to help others throughout the school year.
Multicultural and Ethnic Perspectives R&R Chair
Will Lopes holds a Master's Degree in Music (Conducting) from the University of Northern Iowa, a Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Music from Brazil’s Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Diploma in Piano Performance and Music Theory from the Conservatory of Music of the FS State University, also located in Brazil.
As a jazz/pop singer, Lopes had the opportunity to perform in venues like the Dakota Jazz Club-MN and other jazz festivals in the States and in Brazil. He also has worked in several studio recordings, as a soloist, backup singer and vocal coach/arranger, recording jingles for companies like Coca-Cola and Levi’s Jeans.
As a classical musician, he has also performed in venues ranging from the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis to the Covent Garden Theatre in London. While living in Minnesota, Lopes was a section leader for the MN Chorale (official choir for the MN orchestra) and appeared in operas such as Don Giovanni, Carmen and Rosenkavalier. He has also appeared as soloist (tenor/countertenor) in performances of Handel’s Messiah, Bach B Minor Mass and Bach’s St. John Passion.
Lopes has worked as adjunct professor at the University of Northwestern (St. Paul, MN), Palm Beach Atlantic University and is currently the Director Vocal Music at Iowa Central Community College (Fort Dodge, IA) ), in which, he has been inducted into the hall of fame as a distinguished alumni. Lopes is an active clinician, guest conductor and vocal coach and has led seminars and workshops throughout the USA and Brazil.
In addition to his fine piano skills and vocal abilities, Lopes has also been commissioned to write choral and orchestral pieces, as well as show choir arrangements for high schools and colleges around the country. Lopes is a published arranger/composer and his pieces can be found under the catalog of Hal Leonard, Hinshaw Music, and Schirmer Music. Recently, he has published under his own publishing company – Lopes Publications, his Brazilian-style liturgical mass "Gloria" and has premiered his first children's musical "The Bee Attitudes".
Lopes is a member of ACDA (American Choral Director’s Association), NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
ACDA Ethnic & Multicultural Perspectives: http://acda.org/repertoire/ethnic_multicultural
This link provides excellent resources for multicultural study.
As explained in ¡Cantaré! website: “¡Cantaré!is a unique program designed to bring the talents of composers from Mexico directly into Minnesota classrooms.” This website provides rich information about Philip Brunelle’s ¡Cantaré! project. Through this website you can view perusal scores online, listen to the provided mp3, and purchase scores in PDF version. For more information on this project read Bruce W. Becker’s article “¡Cantaré!Explores Music of Mexican Choral Composers in Minnesota Classrooms” in Choral Journal, June & July 2011.
Ediciones GCC: http://www.gcc.org.ar/htm/edito/edito.html
Ediciones GCC is an excellent Argentinean publishing company devoted mostly to Argentinean choral music. Their online catalog includes samples of scores and recordings. Unfortunately, no English version of the website is available yet. Please feel free to contact me in case you have any questions about this site, or contact them directly in English.
Santa Barbara: http://www.sbmp.com/SR1.php?Category=0811MUC
Suzanne Tiemstra: http://www.latinamericanchoralmusic.org/author/
As Suzanne Tiemstra states in her website: This web site is a work-in-progress compilation of information about choral music by Latin American composers from 1550 to the present....On this web site you will find information about many kinds of choral music. Most, but not all of it relates to "art music" rather than world or folk music. Original compositions and arrangements are included.