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Cristian Grases

Cristian Grases

Venezuelan native, Cristian Grases joined the University of Southern California faculty in the Fall 2010 semester and is currently an associate professor of choral music and conductor of the USC Thornton Concert Choir.

As a sought-out conductor, clinician, academic, and adjudicator, he has traveled to Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia, conducting in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, and presenting in numerous international conventions and symposia.

Grases is also an award-winning composer whose works have been commissioned and sung by numerous prestigious ensembles such as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Grases is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation for Choral Music representing the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.


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Canto De Pilon

 Canto De Pilon 
Composer: Cristian Grases 

Voicing: 2-PART  Released: January 2011  Difficulty: Easy
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   This multicultural piece hails from Venezuela, homeland to USC choral director, Dr. Cristian Grases. It is a ''working song'' about women grinding corn that captures the flavor of the people. Including eurhythmic motions and percussive sounds, the music celebrates the joyful nature and active life of these common folks. This piece works well for elementary singers to adult treble choirs.

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  P1403 - 2-PART  [buy now]


Composer: Shlomo Gronich  Arranger: Cristian Grases  Author/Lyricist: Shlomo Gronich 

Voicing: SATB  Released: January 2019  Difficulty: Medium to Easy
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   Using meaningless syllables and sounds this delightful piece works at any concert any time of year and is simply fun to sing and hear. The 7/8 meter is catchy and buoyant. The flavor of the music feels like a familiar folk song about dancing or Spring. Enjoy!

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  P1640 - SATB  [buy now]
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I P A  Alphabet

 I P A Alphabet  Author/Lyricist: Cristian Grases 
Voicing: Book  Released: January 2011 
   Teaching pronunciation of a foreign language is one of the most time-consuming tasks for any choral director. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) has become the recognized authority of pronunciation symbols, but there has never been a resource that makes the teaching process flow easily. The IPA Book is the brilliant creation of USC Conductor, Dr. Cristian Grases. Every page is a letter of the alphabet, divided into 5 columns for Latin, German, Italian, French, and Spanish. This simple organization places an easy handheld tool into every choral singer's hand. Learning has never been so good for high school, college and above.

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  P5024 - Book  [buy now]