September 18 and 19, 2021

Dreaming/Undreaming  will be showcased in its live version at the Ear Taxi Festival of Chicago. For details, click HERE

December 9 and 10, 2021

Carmen conducts Three Decembers,  the opera by Jake Heggie, with the South Bend Lyric Opera. Details to come!

January 9, 2022

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra will premiere a new work by Carmen, part of a collection commissioned by the orchestra to seven composers to honor La grande jatte by Georges Seurat, the iconic pointillistic painting by Georges Seurat at the Art Institute of Chicago.


June 17, 2021

Carmen and Kosmologia premiered the new art music video Dreaming/Undreaming with her original music and commissioned video art by Camilla Tassi and Ryan Belock for the Princeton Festival, with the collaboration of Natasha Stojanovska (piano), Alexa Capareda (dance), and Chia Paiño (dramaturgy).

March 12, 2021

Video concert in socially distant formation with Ensemble Concept/21. Carmen produced this event with works by Paul Herman, Gustavo Leone, Iya Levinson, Jorge Muñiz, and Ryan Olivier. The video will premiere online this summer.

October 29, 2020

Video-concert in socially-distant formation with Ensemble Concept/21 includes the premiere of Carmen’s song for soprano and ensemble, Venetian Envoi: A Memory of Venice, the second in a cycle of three settings of poems by Robin Kirkpatrick. The video will be published on YouTube in late December

September 20,2020

Carmen is appointed Artistic Director of Ensemble Concept/21, the new music group in the city of South Bend

April 3, 2020-POSTPONED

Guest conductor with Ensemble Concept/21, with the world premiere of two new works in the cycle of Robin’s Poems by Carmen, and works by young composers  from Indiana, Michigan and the greater Chicago area.

May 30, 2020-CANCELED

Guest lecturer for the Cincinnati Symphony orchestra’s May Festival, and their performance of two Latin American masterpieces, Villa-Lobos’ Choros 10 and Antonio Estevez’ Cantata Criolla.

June 19.20.21, 2020-POSTPONED

Creator and conductor of a new interdisciplinary and immersive artwork commissioned by The Princeton Festival, combining historical and original music, dance, and video projections.

February 23, 2020

Premiere of Carmen’s adaptation of Fanny Mendelssohn’s “Oratorio  on Images of the Bible,” Erin Wendt, conductor, University of Notre Dame

October 26, 2019

Robert Trotter Keynote Speaker for the national conference of The College Music Society National Conference, Louisville, Kentucky.

October 25, 2019

Guest Conductor with Ensemble Concept/21, in residence at Indiana University-South Bend, Tradition Today: Embracing Stravinsky: Works by women composers Katherine Hoover, Thea Musgrave, Joan Tower, Judith Lang-Zaimont, and Christina Spinei.

May 10, 2019

Producer and conductor of interdisciplinary premieres of The Tower and The Garden  by Gregory Spears and The Beatitudes by Jorge Muñiz, with Notre Dame Vocale, Euclid Quartet, and Ensemble Concept 21, at Indiana University South Bend.

April 19, 2019

Guest conductor of the second performance  with Ensemble Concept 21, of  new works by regional composers and a composition  by Carmen-Helena Tellez, on a poem by Robin Kirkpatrick, Columbia College, Chicago.

April 5, 2019

Second performance of a new work by Michel Petrossian, with works by young composers of the Michiana region, and the premiere of Robin’s Poem (Scintillans), a new work by Carmen-Helena Tellez; guest conductor with Ensemble Concept 21,  at Indiana University South Bend.

April 2, 2019

Producer and conductor for the world premiere of Latens Deitas, a new work by Michel Petrossian, on texts by Fr. Olivier-Thomas Venard,  with Ensemble Concept 21, as the keynote event for the conference at the University of Notre Dame

March 29, 2019

Guest producer and conductor for a performance of Philip Glass’s Madrigal Opera with Notre Dame Vocale, for the festival honoring the composer at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

January 23, 2019

Lecture at Indiana University-Bloomington, titled “With The Pulse of The Times: Orrego Salas‘ Madrigales for Choir a Cappella in the Continuum of his Choral Oeuvre”, on the occasion of the celebration of Juan Orrego Salas’ 100th birthday, by the Indiana University Latin American Music Center, Javier León, director.

October 27-28, 2019

Musica Speculativa, a digital mono-drama for mezzo-soprano, instrumental ensemble, and live digital sound and video

October 20-24, 2018

International Conference of Opera Latinoamérica: Conductor and arranger of La Flauta Mágica de los Andes, an adaptation of Mozart’s opera by Carmen-Helena Téllez; a revision and completion of a first draft by Segundo Cóndor,  for an orchestra of Andean instruments, with the Teatro Nacional Sucre of Ecuador, Chía Patiño, artistic and stage director.

July 8, 2018

Lecture at the international conference of the PerformanceStudies Network in Oslo, Norway: “Performance Studies and the Training of Conductors”

June 30-July 3, 2018

Recording of works by John Eaton, with the Pocket Opera Players, at National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY.

June 20-28, 2018

The Magic Flute of the Andes,  an adaptation of Mozart’s opera for an Andean orchestra and mythology, with the Teatro Nacional Sucre of Ecuador.

May 9,  2018

Lecture for the Music Department of the University of California, Riverside: “New Modes of Presentation for Classical Music: The Conductor as an Interdisciplinary Artist.”

April 28, 2018

Paper presentation on “Arvo Pärt in 1968:An Unexpected Musical Revolution” in the conference “1968” at the University of Notre Dame.

March 23 and 24, 2018

Mozart’s Requiem, an interdisciplinary staged performance, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador and the Chorus of the City of Quito, at the Festival Internacional de Musica Sacra of the National Theater of Quito

December 7-17, 2017

The Magic Flute of the Andes, a workshop with the Orquesta de Instrumentos Andinos as conductor and co-arranger,   with producer and stage director Chia Patiño, for the co-creation of a Latin American adaptation of Mozart’s Magic Flute, Teatro Nacional Sucre, Quito, Ecuador.

September 24, 2017

A Musical Meditation on the Images of the St John’s Bible: A collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life, with Notre Dame Vicale and guest artists; DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

September 9 and 10, 2017

International Sacred Music Festival of Bogotá: Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the National Symphony of Colombia, Teatro Colón, Bogotá.

June 22-24, 2017

A Mirror over Time: Closing concert for the conference “Trying to Say God”, with Notre Dame Vocale at Notre Dame’s Washington Hall.

May-June, 2017

University of Cambridge By-Fellowship at Robinson College

March 22, 2017

University of Louisville: Lecture on the Latin American operas Ainadamar by Osvaldo Golijov and ¡Unicamente la verdad! by Gabriela Ortiz.

March 19, 2017

South Bend Symphony Orchestra, with works by  Ives, Pärt, Golijov, and Haydn, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame

February 24, 2017

Music Librarians Association: National Conference in Orlando, paper presentation on the Latin American Music Center

December 17-19, 2016

Pocket Opera Players: recording of John Eaton’s cantata El Divino Narciso, at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY.

October 7-9, 2016

The Dante Project: an interdisciplinary sacred music drama, artistic director and conductor, with the premiere of a new oratorio for soloists, chorus and chamber orchestra by Robert Kyr, with a libretto by Robin  Kirkpatrick, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame

June 9, 2016

Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light: with the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc by C.T. Dreyer, with Notre Dame Vocale, and the Princeton Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Princeton Chapel in Princeton, N.J.

November 6-7, 2015

Thunder, Perfect Mind: an opera by Christopher Preissing, conductor with NON:op Open Opera Projects, Bridgeport Arts Center, Chicago

October 23, 2015

John Eaton’s Mass 2 and El Divino Narciso: performances with the Pocket Opera Players of New York, for the 80th birthday of John Eaton. Symphony Space, 7:30 pm, New York City.

September 18, 2015

Of Music, Conscience and Remembrance – An inter-artistic tribute to Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran, artistic director and conductor, with Kosmologia Music and Intermedia Music Project.

June 18-19

Colloquium: Third Stage – Inter-American Music Projects from the Global Midwest, Notre Dame.

June 12, 2015

Lecture: “The Postmodern Originality of the Sacred Music by Mario Lavista” at the National Symposium of the American Choral Directors Association. Austin, Texas.

March 28, 2015

Choral World Premieres for the 10th Anniversary of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, with Notre Dame Vocale., and guest conducting the Notre Dame Glee Club and Chorale Works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Cary Boyce and Sven-David Sandstrom.

March 1st, 2015

Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Nathan Gunn part of the Interdisciplinary Sacred Music Dramas at Notre Dame, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

September 21, 2014

A Mirror Over TimeA concert with Kosmologia Vocal Project for the Art Institute of Chicago

September 19-20, 2014

Learning from the Masters, Learning From The People A Sacred Music Conference

April 24-26, 2014

From Here to There, an Inter-Artistic Performance and Installation, music director and conductor with the Non-Op Artists Collective  Bridgeport Arts Center,  Chicago

April 4-6, 2014

I was born for this, an Interdisciplinary  Sacred Music Drama based around Dreyer’s film on Joan of Arc and Einhorn’s accompanying cantata “Voices of Light,” at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center of Notre Dame, with accompanying interactive installation, artistic director with support from the Mellon Foundation

January 26, 2014

Steve Reich’s Proverb, conductor with Aguavá New Music Studio and Third Coast Percussion at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center of Notre Dame

January 21, 2014

TEDxUND talk on  Shared Rituals and the Future of Art Music

November 22 and 24, 2013

An inter-artistic presentation of Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel, conductor with Notre Dame Vocale and Ensemble ND at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center of Notre Dame

October 10-12, 2013

John Eaton’s Opera Rerouted and Michael Dellaria’s opera The Death of Webern, with the Pocket Opera Players of New York conductor and producer
World Premiere, Symphony Space, New York
New York, NY

September 14, 2013

Mozart’s Requiem with Notre Dame’s Festival Chorus and Orchestra at the Decio Theatre of Notre Dame.
May 14-16, 2013

Visit to the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland

March 17-19, 2013

Conductor, with Notre Dame Vocale and the Chorus of the City of Quito.  Inaugural Concert of the Sacred Music Festival of Quito, Ecuador

–Works by Macmillan, Pärt, and Palestrina

February 25, 2013

A Portrait Concert of John Eaton, Barishnikov Arts Center, New York City

February 9, 2013

Lecturer, Edith Stein Conference at the University of Notre Dame

–The Sacred in the Secular

January 24-26, 2013

Keynote Speaker

Fourth International Symposium:
Complexities of Cultural Representation in the Performance of Latin American Music
University of Arizona

–Polyvalent Identities in Two Latin American Operas: Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar and Gabriela Ortiz’s ¡Unicamente la verdad!

September 15, 2012

James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words From The Cross and Sacred Music Conference at Notre Dame

March 10 and 11, 2012

A Concert of Works by Women Composers with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City

March 4, 2012:

Tallis’ Spem in Alium at the IU Art Museum


October 19-23, 2011

Cultural Counterpoints: Examining the Music Interactions between the U.S and Latin America

Conference Director: Carmen-Helena Téllez for the Indiana University Latin American Music Center

May 20-21, 2011

Don Freund’s Passion with Tropes, an Immersive and Interactive Production

Concept and Musical Direction by Carmen Helena Téllez

Scene and Lighting Design by Robert Shakespeare

Digital Art by Margaret Dolinsky

Art video by Susanne Schwibs

Stage Direction by Jonathan Courtemanche

Choreography by Elizabeth Shea

Indiana University Halls Theater

February 27, 2011

Concerto Imaginario

Tenebrae Poems and Prayers for Modern Man

With the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington, Indiana.

December 5, 2010

A Concert of Jewish Composers on Jewish Texts

With the IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

KAM Isaiah Israel Sinagogue, Chicago

November 4, 2010

Scenes from Passion with Tropes by Don Freund

For soloists, chorus and large instrumental ensemble

With the IU Contemporary Ensemble and New Music Ensemble

Auer Hall, 8pm, Bloomington

October 9-10, 2010

Arvo Pärt, a Jubilee

Auer Hall and Sweeney Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington

July 22, 2010

The Tenth Muse-A Dramatic Cantata in its way to an Opera

by Elbio Barilari

With Aguavá New Music Studio

Bella Voce

The Baroque Band

Goodman Theatre, Chicago

May 30, 2010

Festival Latinoamericano de Música de Caracas

Soloists of the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

Ensemble Latinoamericano de Música de la Orquesta Simón Bolivar de Venezuela

February 20 and 21, 2010

Vision and Belief

Barilari: Arias on texts by Sor Juana

Lavista: Stabat Mater (American Premiere)

Poulenc: Two Motets and Figure humaine

Indiana University Auer Hall

Art Institute of Chicago’s Concert Series

See review

October 9 and 10, 2009

Centenary Celebration of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes:

Stravinsky’s Les Noces,

a recreation of the premiere performance

Indiana University Musical Arts Center, Bloomington.

August 11-September 3, 2009

Performances and Masterclasses in Sao Paulo, Brazil

August 28, 30:

     Concert with the Chamber Orchestra

     of the University of Sao Paulo

Boyce: Shattered Rainbows

     Adams: Shaker Loops

Stravinsky: Pulcinella

September 3, 2009

     Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana,

     A Multi-media Allegory on the Artist in a Fascist Society

Concept and Music Direction by Carmen Helena Téllez

March 8, 2009

World Premiere of the Full Version of Credo/Ani Ma’Amin, by Pulitzer composer Shulamit Ran, with  the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Auer Hall, Bloomington, Indiana.

October 22,2008

Concert with the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra

First United Christian Chuch, Bloomington, Indiana

     Ligeti  Ramifications

Stravinsky  Requiem Canticles

Takemitsu   So Slow the Wind….

Lauridsen  Lux aeterna

August 8 and 9, 2008

¡Unicamente la verdad! (Only the Truth!)

A videopera by composer Gabriela Ortiz

and visual artist Rubén Ortiz Torres

(World Premiere)

Production and Music Director: Carmen Helena Téllez
Stage Director: Chía Patiño
Production & Responsive Visuals Designer: Konstantinos Mavromichalis
Rodrigo Sigal and Francisco Colasanto: Sound Designers
August 8, 8 p.m. | Buskirk-Chumley Theater
August 9, 8 p.m. | Buskirk-Chumley Theater

October 11 and 12, 2007


An Opera in Three Images by Osvaldo Golijov

(Collegiate Premiere)

Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Latin American Popular Music Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra.

Production and Music Director: Carmen Helena Téllez

June, 2007

The Bells of Leopardi

A video study on music by Yehuda Yannay

(Posted on

Concept and Music Direction: Camen Helena Téllez

Video by Susanne Schwibs


On the premiere of ¡Unicamente la verdad!

Review of Ainadamar


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