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
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.
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.
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 Time– A 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
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
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
March 10 and 11, 2012
March 4, 2012:
October 19-23, 2011
Conference Director: Carmen-Helena Téllez for the Indiana University Latin American Music Center
May 20-21, 2011
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
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
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
The Baroque Band
Goodman Theatre, Chicago
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
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
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.
Concert with the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra
First United Christian Chuch, Bloomington, Indiana
Stravinsky Requiem Canticles
Takemitsu So Slow the Wind….
Lauridsen Lux aeterna
August 8 and 9, 2008
A videopera by composer Gabriela Ortiz
and visual artist Rubén Ortiz Torres
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
Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Latin American Popular Music Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra.
Production and Music Director: Carmen Helena Téllez
The Bells of Leopardi
A video study on music by Yehuda Yannay
Concept and Music Direction: Camen Helena Téllez
Video by Susanne Schwibs
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