About members or performers
National and international aware winners, their performances are based on musical rigour, a unified criterion, a unique treatment of the sound and a careful selection of their repertoires. National and international award winners, their performances are based on musical rigour, a unified criterion, a unique treatment of sound and a careful selection of their repertoire.
VokalArs is a vital and creative artistic community that develops an honest work able to favour the closeness and the connection to the audience.
VokalArs is an energetic and creative artistic community which has honed/perfected the skill of connecting and engaging with its audience.
BELÉN ALHAMA ALAMILLO
She qualified as Transversal Flute Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid and got bachelor’s degree in Science Information at the Complutense University of Madrid, in Visual and Auditory Image branch. Since 1999 to date, she has been a music teacher in Secondary Education and has formed teenage choirs in many of the centers in which she has worked. In 2004 she begins studies of Music Therapy in the School of Music Therapy of Madrid and in 2008 starts the Master in Music Therapy in the University of Alcalá de Henares.
In 2010 she carries out the training in Sound Therapy, endorsed by the International Association in Sound Therapy. She has worked as a music therapist in the Association of Parents of under-capacitated children of Alcorcón (A.P.A.N.S.A.) for two years. In January 2012 she carried out Choral Conducting course at Carlos III University and joined VokalArs. Since November 2017, she conducts Earus children’s choir, Antara Korai vocal group’s voice feeder.
SOLEDAD FERRERAS MENCÍA
Born in Talavera de la Reina, Soledad has a degree in Biological Sciences from the Complutense University and a PhD from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, where she is a professor of Basic Biomedical Sciences in the Department of Health Sciences. She develops teaching and research projects and is Coordinator of Statistics and Research Tools and Biochemistry for Nursing and Physiotherapy Degrees. She is also the Director of a Vocational College for health and social care qualifications. She has studied music, guitar and piano in her hometown and has collaborated with several groups in which music is used as a medium to improve, make sense of and normalize the lives of people who have been totally or partially excluded from full participation in society. In addition, she has formed part of the Carlos III University Choir in Madrid since 2007 and studies voice under Professor Bridget Clark. She joined VokalArs in 2009.
MELANIA SUÁREZ PÉREZ
Diploma in Teaching, specializing in Musical Education, from the University
of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Professional degree in singing from the
Professional Music Conservatories of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary
Islands, Spain) and Valencia. She has studied saxophone music and is a
member of different municipal brass bands on her native island.
She has trained in musical pedagogy and choral conducting in the following institutions: Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid (Royal Advanced Conservatory of Music in Madrid), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Carlos III University, Madrid), Orff Association Spain, Federation of Choirs of the Basque Country, Camerata Impromptu, Sevillian Federation of Choirs, Federation of Choirs of the Valencian Community, Willems Association, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain) etc.
She has been a member of the following choirs: VokalArs, Carlos III University Choir of Madrid, Joven Coro de España (Spain Youth Choir), Chamber Choir of the Professional Conservatory of Music of Valencia, Orfeó Valencià Navarro Reverter, Chamber Choir of the Professional Conservatory of Music of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain) and Asociación Coral Cantabile (Cantabile Choral Association).
Her professional life has been focused towards musical pedagogy, mainly through vocal education, having worked in school choirs, adult choirs, music schools, colleges, associations, etc.
PALOMA CARRETERO LLORENTE
Born in Madrid, Paloma holds a Master of Music (Violin) degree completed at
Conservatorio ‘Padre Antonio Soler’. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Art
History by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
She has studied with renowned violin professors such as Boris Kuniev (David Oistrakh´s direct pupil), Nga Vu and Sergey Teslya. Paloma has completed singing lessons with Anthony Madigan, Lola Bosom and Santiago Calderón.
In the last two decades she has combined her role as violin player in several orchestras with an intense teaching activity.
Paloma enters the world of choral singing as a natural result of her singing studies, initiated in 2014 with her professors Lola Bosom and Santiago Calderón. Before joining VokalArs, she was part of 'Vox Femina'.
ÁNGELA ÚBEDA CUADRADO
She also has studies of singing at the “Teresa Berganza” Music Conservatory in Madrid, having as teachers, Mario Valdivielso and Bridget Clark.
It is at the Music School “Manuel Rodríguez Sales” where she begins her interest in the choral world as part of the Municipal choir. During more than ten years as a member, she passes through different directors: Agustín Lucas, Manuel Dimbwadyo, Asunción Paniagua and Nuria Fernández Herranz.
This last director is who in 2013 invites her to join Vokalars, where until now she sings as second sopran.
CARMEN PÉREZ GONZÁLEZ
She was born in Madrid, where she studied a degree in Geography at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, she graduated in Piano from Conservatorio Profesional de Música Arturo Soria and studied Singing with Virginia Prieto, at Conservatorio Profesional de Música Arturo Soria and Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid.In her professional career she has combined roles as a singer with teaching in the Municipal Schools of Music in Madrid, teaching in Secondary Education and musical representation.
Her research in areas such as music, art and pedagogy is one of her most characteristic features. Her training in choir conduction at Universidad Carlos III, directed by Nuria Fernández, is remarkable. She has been a member of VokalArs since April 2017.
ISABEL LÓPEZ FRAILE
Born in Madrid. Studied music theory and guitar at the Rodolfo Halffter’s Conservatory, in Móstoles. Has sung in choirs and vocal groups as Faborfón’s renaissance vocal cuartet, Alfares’s folk musical group and Coral Villa de Móstoles.
She has developed her professional activity in teaching centres and
collaborated with scholar and jouvenile theatre groups, in the set up of theatrical
plays and musical pieces.
Has realized direction and vocal technique courses with teachers as Ángel del
Palacio and Amaya Añúa, among others.
Directed Coral Santa María de la Alegría from Móstoles and Villa de Humanes’s coral music school, from Humanes, Madrid, of which she was a founder. Has been Guido d’Arezzo Chamber Choir’s director since 2001, labor which she still performs nowadays.
She is a member of the work group Pentagramasolidarios, created for taking coral music to the most needed places.
ROSARIO SÁNCHEZ MONSÁLVEZ
Born in Madrid. She has a degree in Pharmacy from the Complutense University. She started in music, motivated by her parents at an early age and she studied music and choir singing at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid and until now she has not stopped participating in different choirs. She has been a member of VokalArs since 2016, expanding her training under the direction of Nuria Fernández.
Interested in the therapeutic aspect of music, she has done, among others, courses such as "Physiology and mechanics of singing" with Jesús Lumbreras and Lidia de La Fuente, as well as "Vocal technique and Health and voice hygiene with Sara Matarranz at the School Coral of Madrid.
PAQUI CÉSAR BENAVIDES
She was born in Madrid. She is a Primary School English teacher. She is
accredited as a bilingual teacher by Comunidad de Madrid. Nowadays she
Works in SAED (the Spanish acronym for “Home Educational Support Service”)
in which she teaches ill pupils (at their homes) that cannot attend lessons at
their own schools.
Paqui’s love for music started, especially, in Education (her degree), at university. There she met Regina Leal, her Music teacher. She taught her the importance of Music in a person’s life. For that reason, Paqui started Music studies at Escuela Municipal de Música in Leganés, where she finished Music Theory.
As her love for musical knowledge evolved throughout those studies, she realized singing was going to have a far greater impact on her life, than she anticipated. Then, in 1992, she began singing in Santo Tomás de Aquino choir (it belonged to the Universidad Complutense de Madrid). She took part in Europa Cantat, for several times: Herning, Denmark; Linz, Austria…
She sings currently in Universidad Carlos III de Madrid choir (from 1998) and VokalArs (from 2015) where both she gets the most out of the conducting of Nuria Fernández Herranz.
CRISTINA LÓPEZ FRAILE
Born in Madrid, she studied music theory and violin at the Rodolfo Halfter
Professional Conservatory in Móstoles. She also studied Spanish Classical
Dance and Classical Ballet with Esther Escudero, an activity that she developed
In 1988 she joined the Francisco Piquer Choir in Madrid, directed by Jose Vicente Alcérreca, having the opportunity to sing in the National Auditorium under the baton of Mercedes Padilla, director of the Chamber Orchestra of Madrid.
In 1988 she joined the Francisco Piquer Choir in Madrid, directed by Jose
Vicente Alcérreca, having the opportunity to sing in the National Auditorium
under the baton of Mercedes Padilla, director of the Chamber Orchestra of
She has received vocal technique classes with Amaya Añúa and Alfredo García, among others.
Since 2000 she has been a member of the Guido D`Arezzo de Móstoles Chamber Choir, in which she combines the work of singer with being the Deputy Director.
She combines musical activity with her professional activity in Banking, where she has been working since 1988, and has been certified by CUNEF as a Specialist in Banking and Financial Advice.
She has been a member of Vokalars since 2013.
Mª JESÚS MARTÍN BLÁZQUEZ
Born in Segovia, he moved to Madrid where he graduated in Environmental Science from the UNED.
She has sung in various choirs and soprano (Santa Maria Chamber Choir, Choir of UNED, Coral Cristobal de Morales, etc.) performing numerous choral workshops with different teachers as Javier Busto, Julio Dominguez, Nuria Fernandez, etc.
In 2015 performs Coro Management course held by the Carlos III University and taught by Nuria Fernandez, at which time begins to be part of VokalArs on the rope contralto.
Mª JOSÉ ÁLVAREZ BORONDO
Born in Madrid, she has a degree in Latin and Ancient Greek, graduated with honors in Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. Moreover, she studied Singing with Mª José Sánchez, Paquita Parriego and Bridget Clark, becoming graduated at conservatory “Teresa Berganza” (Madrid). Right there, she studied Composition with Gabriel Fernández Álvez, completing the specialty with honors.
She is a member of VokalArs since 2004, the very beginning of the group, after studying Choral Conducting at Carlos III University (Madrid) with Nuria Fernández Herranz. He has also been part of different vocal groups, such as Leteica Music, Andanza, Jerónimo de Carrión Ensemble and, occasionally, she collaborated with other choirs, such as Mater Saule or the Chamber Choir of Madrid.
As choral conductor, she currently leads the municipal choir of El Álamo (Madrid) and another two chamber choirs, The Find and Hispánico Mode, both focused on ancient music.
Concerned about popularization of traditionally so-called classical music, she has developed educational projects for adults or children, scripts for stage music shows by opera singers, and frequently is in charge of dramatized concert presentations.
She combines music activities with teaching in a Secondary School, where she works as Music teacher.
CECILIA MERCADAL MOLINA
Born in Palma de Mallorca, she later moved to Madrid, were she finished her
musical studies, obtaining a profesional qualification in guitar and singing. She
also holds a degree in Philosophy from the Complutense University of Madrid.
She gets the professional title of Guitar at the Conservatory of Getafe and the average degree in singing at the Conservatory 'Arturo Soria'.
As a guitarist she was part of pulse and plectrum orchestra “Amigos del Arte” of Pamplona, the city where she began her musical training.
Since 1991 she has worked in Secondary Education as a music teacher. Her musical enthusiasm has led her to partake resolutely in multiple training programmes. She has done numerous courses related to the interpretation and musical theory, especially in the field of ancient music. Similarly, she has done a Choir Direction Course organized by Carlos III University, taught by Nuria Fernández. She has received singing lessons from several teachers, including the soprano Tatiana Melnychenko, Concepción Criado, Laly Chilaia, David Mason and currently with Sagrario Barrio. She has formed part of various choral groups, such as Ars Combinatoria, Ensemble vocal Thesavrvs, Chamber Choir of Madrid and VokalArs, with whom she has collaborated on many projects and concerts. At present, she continues her musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, in the speciality of Musicology..
ZULYMA BLANCA MALDONADO
Born in Caracas, Venezuela. He began his musical studies at age 7 through the Venezuelan popular music entering the National System of Youth Orchestras and Choir and Children of Venezuela through the conservatory "Vicente Emilio Sojo" and in 1994 as part of the Typical Orchestra of the State Lara (Venezuela).
En 1995 inicia estudios de clarinete formando parte de la fila de Clarinetes de la Orquesta Sinfónica Infantil y Juvenil de Barquisimeto, entre los años 1996 y 2001. En el año 1999 pasa a ser miembro activo de la fila de vientos de la Oak Park High Band y North Kansas City School District Band (Missouri, EEUU), así como en el Kansas City Young Wind Ensemble (Universidad de Kansas City). En el año 2000 obtiene el primer y segundo lugar en las modalidades de trío de clarinete y solos del Missouri State Music Festival.
From 2000 to 2014 is part of the Foundation Boys Choir Lara Symphony Orchestra, Youth Cantoría of OSL and "Camerata Larense" in the row of sopranos, under the direction of Libya D'Addona Gomez, with whom participates in Festivals Seminars and Sinfónicos Corales in Venezuela, Colombia, Spain, Austria and the United States, and in four productions discographies of the National System of youth Orchestras and Choirs and children of Venezuela. As the representative of Venezuela, he was a member of the Andean soprano Choir of the Andean Development Corporation (CAF).
As Coralista and doctor, between 2008-2014 participates in The World Choir Games in Austria, the United States and Latvia.
It has managed to bring his musical training in parallel with their professional training to their degree of gynecologist obstetrician, specialist Assisted Human Reproduction of the Central University of Venezuela and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. currently practicing in a clinic recognized the Community of Madrid and teacher of master of Reproduction and Genetics at the University of Alcalá.
VokalArs member since December 2015.
BELÉN DOLADO MORENO
Nace en Madrid, donde empieza su formación musical con la guitarra a los 8 años y cantando en el coro del colegio y de la parroquia. Pero no fue hasta unos años más tarde que comenzó los estudios de grado medio de piano y después de oboe.
Habiendo crecido en un ambiente multicultural, aprendió varios idiomas desde pequeña como inglés, francés, italiano y alemán, lo que le permitió formarse como Guía Turística y trabajar como tal para el Ayuntamiento de Madrid y como intérprete para diversas empresas en distintos eventos y ferias en la Feria Internacional de Madrid (IFEMA), mientras continuaba sus estudios musicales. Posteriormente se licenció en Musicología en el Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid con Matrícula de Honor y Premio Extraordinario de Fin de Carrera por su trabajo de investigación sobre el oboe en el Archivo del Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Realizó estudios de Canto Gregoriano en el Real Monasterio de Las Huelgas de Burgos. Comenzó su andadura coral en el Coro de la iglesia de San Jerónimo el Real, cantando como soprano y colaborando como ayudante de dirección con Mª Ángeles Calahorra. En 2004 hizo el Curso de Dirección de Coro en la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, donde conoció a Nuria Fernández, entrando a formar parte de VokalArs desde entonces. Fue miembro de la Banda Sinfónica de La Lira de Pozuelo tocando el oboe y participando en varios certámenes nacionales e internacionales de Bandas de Música. Ha trabajado como organista en varias parroquias de Madrid y actualmente es organista de la parroquia de Ntra. Sra. de Guadalupe, donde dirige al coro de jubilados. Desde hace varios años viene trabajando como docente en colegios y Escuelas Municipales de Música, impartiendo clases de piano y lenguaje musical, disciplinas en las que se centra actualmente su actividad laboral.
LUZ PRIETO ALONSO
She combined her profession as a luthier and singing in choirs: Coro Universitario de León, Coro de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Vox Aurea, Coro y Orquesta Vía Magna, Europa Cantat, Setmana Cantant de Tarragona, El Mesías in a sharing choir by La Caixa in the Teatro Real, Teatro Monumental and in the Auditorio Nacional of Madrid.
NURIA AVENDAÑO GARCÍA
Nuria has performed several "zarzuelas" with "Compañía Ópera Cómica de Madrid" such as "Mis dos Mujeres” (F.A. Barbieri), “El Dominó Azul” (E. Arrieta),”El Conjuro” (E. Arrieta) and “Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente” (F. Chueca). In 2003 she worked in the production "This is Zarzuela" by Producciones Guridi. She has also sung with “Voces para la paz” (Músicos solidarios) and "Orfeón Donostiarra" in different concerts.
CRISTINA MARTINEZ FRAGA
Her connection with the choral world began with choir lessons at the conservatory of Ferrol. In 2006 she joined Ferrol's choir "Proxecto Vocal Concerto Tempo". In 2008 she moved to San Sebastián. During the course of her professional piano studies in the Basque Country she pursued Vocal Studies at the Conservatorio Profesional Escudero of San Sebastián, Singing as an optional subject at Musikene and joined the chamber choir "Lut". In 2014 she established herself in Madrid where she teaches piano and piano musical ensemble at the Escuela de Música of Las Rozas. That same 2014 she joined the equal voices choir "VokalArs".
ELENA DÍAZ MARTÍ
Su relación con el mundo coral comienza en los cursos de dirección de coros de la Universidad Carlos III con Nuria Fernández, hecho que influye decisivamente en su formación y firme convicción de que el canto y la formación auditiva deben ser pilares básicos de las clases de Lenguaje Musical, especialidad que le apasiona. A partir de entonces no ha dejado de formarse a través de seminarios y talleres con importantes pedagogos y directores de coros en España y en Europa. Ha recibido formación vocal de Santiago Calderón y Lola Bossom. Ha sido profesora de la Escuela Municipal de Música y Danza de Talavera de la Reina de 1997 a 2004, profesora de lectura musical del Programa infantil de Música Escénica de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid y ha formado parte del coro de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Actualmente es profesora de Lenguaje Musical y Coro en el Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Alcalá de Henares y miembro de VokalArs.
ELOÍSA COTOBAL COLLADO
She is also a graphologist by SOESPGRAF and Bircham University, graphic re-educator and specialist in the diagnosis of students with learning high capacities. Since she was a girl her musical training has been with Jose de Felipe, Irina Shirokij, Carmen Verdura, and Delimira Olivera among others. She has sung in different choir groups since the age of six: Virgen de Mirasierra Choir, Universidad Politecnica choir, Voxa Nova, Don Bosco choir, Universidad Carlos III choir, and VokalArts in which she has participated since its foundation.
In 2005 she participated in a choir director program with Nuria Fernandez and she has directed the FEM choir, and the students and teachers choir in Colegio Virgen de Mirasierra where she currently works at the Department of Spanish language and literature in Secondary school.
SARA RODRÍGUEZ GALLEGO
I also have a degree in the History and Science of Music. I studied this degree at the University of Logroño ( La Rioja).
I went to college to study singing in the Professional Conservatory of Music Marcos Redondo.
Currently, I am studying singing with the soprano Milagros Poblador.
I am studying a choir conducting course at the University Carlos III in Madrid with Nuria Fernández Herranz and I have carried out several choir conducting courses with conductors such as Maite Oca, Javier Busto and Basilio Astúlez.
As being so dedicated to music eduacation I continue to attend courses of music pedagogy.
I was a member of the Cámara Oretania choir (Ciudad Real), where we got important prizes, such as, the first prize in the XL Choir Contest of Ejea de los Caballeros (Zaragoza) and the winner of the International Tournament of Music (TIM) in Verona (Italy).
I have been a member of VokalArs since March 2011.
CRISTINA HERNANDEZ SAINZ-HAMMER
Since 2002 she has worked as a piano teacher, repertorist and teacher of Music and Movement at the Municipal School of Music Manuel Rodríguez Sales of Leganés, where she started her musical studies. She has participated as accompanist pianist in many concerts, and has organized several festivals of Music and Movement together with teachers of the same subject of several music schools in the Community of Madrid.
Her affinity with the choral world develops from the choir classes in the conservatory, and after that, forming part of the choir of the Faculty of Education during her studies in the University. At the beginning of 2011 he took the course of Choir Direction held by the Carlos III University of Madrid and taught by Nuria Fernández; at this time, she began to be part of Vokalars, participating in choral competitions such as the International Contest “Professor Georgi Dimitrov” (Varna , Bulgaria), Marktoberdorf International Contest (Bavaria, Germany) and Habaneras and Polyphony International Contest (Torrevieja, Spain).
MÓNICA RODRÍGUEZ LORANCA
She focuses her work activity on the education of the youngest, so she also studies the specialty of early childhood teaching in 2008 at the University School of La Salle in Madrid, as well as various training courses focused on the field of children (early attention, stimulation techniques, animation workshop or children&#39;s songbook, among others). She is responsible for developing and incorporating a specific music program in the different nursery schools where she has been teaching since 2002. In 2006, she attended the pedagogy and direction of children’s choirs taught by the choir confederation of the Basque Country. He was a member of the Santa María Chamber Choir, directed by José Javier Astrain, and since the end of 2010 he has been part of the Vokalars belonging to the contraltos string.
MARÍA ANTONIA MUÑOZ RODRÍGUEZ (TONY)
Born in Madrid where his choral singing career began as contralto in the UNED Choir, directed by Pilar Lake and then by Adrian Cobo (1994- 1996-2000). In 2000 he moved to Coro Via Magna where he sings until its dissolution in 2014 and was directed by Oscar Gershenshon. Between 2014 and 2017 is part of Koiné Ensemble, directed by Ignacio Yepes and subsequently in Vox Femina Choir School of Madrid until January 2019, date on which he joined VokalArs.
She made his musical training at the Municipal School of Music in Las Rozas (Madrid), specializing in viola and piano. She also studied for two years at the Escuela de Música Creativa in Madrid, since 2006 to 2008.
She has received vocal technique classes from Sara Matarranz, Gudrún Ólafsdóttir and, at present, from Virginia Wagner. In addition, she has participated in choral seminars, workshops and joint vocal technique classes (Celia Alcedo and Francesca Calero), working in several choral projects and monographic courses about History of Music in general and specially in Baroque period and Opera.
ARAIZ ZUBIMENDI ALBERDI
Born in San Sebastian, she began her musical studies at an early age at the Conservatory of this city and studied accordion.
Born in San Sebastian, she began her musical studies at an early age at the Conservatory of this city and studied accordion. She graduated in Social Work by the Diocesan University School of Social Work. In 1988 she joined Orfeón Donostiarra choir until 1997 and studied in its Singing school. During years 1995-96 she performed the musical comedy “Las Bellas de EasO” produced by Hika theatre company. Between 1996 and 1999 she was member of the choir of Calderón Theatre in Madrid, in the opera and zarzuela seasons.
In 1999 she was part of the company Antología de la Zarzuela directed by José Tamayo, highlighting the performances in the National Auditorium of Mexico DF and the National Theatre of Aguas Calientes (Mexico).
She graduated in Singing at the professional Conservatory of music Teresa Berganza, finishing her studies in 2002.
Member of Vox Aurea choir since 2002 where she was deputy conductor until 2012.
She studied Choral Conducting at Carlos III University with Nuria Fernández Herranz and has been part of VokalArs since 2005
Currently she works as a Support Engineer in the financial area of an important international software company.