Alejandro Rivas, establishing himself as one of the most promising Venezuelan conductors, is the music director and conductor of the Metro State Symphony Orchestra at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. In the U.S., Mr. Rivas has been music director and conductor for the Cincinnati Seven Hills Sinfonietta, and the assistant conductor for the Wright State University Symphony Orchestra. He has been guest conductor of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, Miami Valley Renaissance Ensemble, Dayton Chamber Players, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players and Wind Symphony and the Pleven Philharmonic in Bulgaria. In Venezuela, Mr. Rivas appears regularly as a guest conductor of the Orquesta Filarmónica Nacional de Caracas, Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo, Orquesta Sinfónica de Falcón, Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar del Táchira and the youth orchestras from the “System,” a national orchestral program in Venezuela known world-wide today for its superb quality and outstanding artistic success. Recently, he was a featured conductor at the highly prestigious French-Venezuelan Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea A Tempo de Caracas headed by Pierre Boulez. Mr. Rivas has featured his own choral and orchestral arrangements in concerts in both countries, and has offered conducting workshops in Venezuela in the summers of 2001, 2002 and 2003. In 2001, he co-wrote the curriculum for the newest music program at the Universidad del Táchira in Venezuela, and continues working with that program as a consultant. He is also the founder of the Beavercreek Children’s Choir in Dayton, Ohio and a member of the board of directors of the Greater Cincinnati Children’s Choir. In 1992, Mr. Rivas was appointed conductor of the Coro Universitario UNET. During the three years under his direction, the choir participated in several national and international choir festivals. In 1994 and 1995 he also conducted the children’s choir Niños Cantores del Táchira. He continues to work with this group as guest conductor; recent highlights include their recent international tour to the city of Cincinnati (Summer 2005), and the recording of five compact discs which also feature more than 30 of his own instrumental arrangements. Mr. Rivas studied conducting with Rodney Winther (University of Cincinnati, U.S.), John Leman (University of Cincinnati) and his father Rubén Rivas (Universidad del Táchira, Venezuela). He earned Master’s Degrees in Choral Conducting (1998) and Instrumental Conducting (1999) from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and has completed course work for the Doctoral program in Instrumental Conducting, also at CCM (1999-2002). He also holds a degree in Law from the Universidad Católica del Táchira, Venezuela (1992).
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