University Upper Voices appoint Mariana Rosas as Conductor from 2023

University Upper Voices are pleased to welcome Mariana Rosas as their new conductor for the 2023/24 academic year.

Mariana Rosas

Mariana Rosas is an Argentinian conductor based in the UK. From August 2023, she will undertake a new role as Chorus Director at the London Symphony Chorus.

In addition to her current role as Associate Chorus Director at the London Symphony Chorus, she works regularly with Crouch End Festival Chorus, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Birmingham Opera Company, West Midlands Inclusive Choir, Glyndebourne, and the Royal Opera House in London. She also holds positions with London Youth Choir, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, and with the regional singing project, ‘Warwick – A Singing Town’. In recent years she has collaborated with Rundfunkchor Berlin, BBC Symphony Chorus, CBSO Chorus, and London Voices.

Mariana was educated in Italy and Argentina, and obtained a Bachelors in Choir Conducting at the National University of Arts of Argentina and a Diploma in Contemporary Music at the Conservatoire of the City of Buenos Aires “Manuel de Falla”. In 2018 she transferred to the UK to continue postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham with Simon Halsey. She was latterly mentored by David Temple and worked extensively with Crouch End Festival Chorus.

Based at the Bramall Music Building, Mariana is another addition to the distinguished choral music-making team at the university, which has internationally renowned musicians Professor Simon Halsey CBE, Bob Chilcott, and Julian Wilkins delivering a wide range of choral activity.

University Upper Voices was founded in 2013 to accommodate and nurture the wealth of strong upper voices at the University and have performed in the Elgar Concert Hall, Symphony Hall, Worcester Cathedral, and the Royal Albert Hall. In recent years they have focussed on celebrating historic and contemporary women composers, including Elizabeth Poston, Cecilia McDowall, Janet Wheeler, Sarah Quartel, and Eva Ugalde. Recent projects have included commissioning new music by Paul Mealor and Cheryl Frances-Hoad, and a premiere performance of the complete set of new choral works, written especially for upper voices, published by Oxford University Press.