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LSC-Montgomery’s Music Department Welcomes International Conductor to Perform Master Class with Choirs

On February 5, the Lone Star College-Montgomery music department will welcome internationally acclaimed Venezuelan conductor, Maria Guinand to perform a master class with the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.

As she makes her trip through Houston to work with the Houston Chamber Choir, Guinand will visit LSC-Montgomery to work with students as they prepare for their upcoming concert on February 27, which will feature music of Latin America, an area of expertise for Guinand.

“Ms. Guinand has been instrumental in bringing Latin American choral music to the world. What a great joy and privilege to have her work with our students,” said Dr. Mark Marotto, choral director.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Guinand has received world recognitions for her work as a choral conductor and has held many leadership positions around the world. In 2000, under her direction, a piece commissioned by Helmuth Rilling called La Pasion Segun San Marcos (St. Mark Passion) was premiered at the European Music Festival with the Schola Cantorum de Caracas and the Orquest La Pasion. She has received numerous and honors over her time, however has kept a deep devotion to music education. She helped create El Sistema, which is a publicly financed voluntary sector music education program in Venezuela--the same program that produced popular conductor and violinist Gustavo Dudamel.

The master class with both LSC-Montgomery choirs will begin at 12 p.m. and take place in the Recital Hall, located in the college’s Music Hall (Building H). The master class is expected to last for two hours and is open to the public. All area educators and musicians are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Marotto, Choral Director at 936-273-7270 or by email at Mark.Marotto@LoneStar.edu. To receive more information about the music department, please visit www.LoneStar.edu/Montgomery-Music-Department.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.