Staccato - University Students Choir, México City, Méxice
Staccato is made up of young university students. Its repertoire is wide and diverse, with a Cappella music from the 20th and 21st Centuries particularly standing out. The chorus is constantly seeking out new, avant-garde pieces, in keeping with the University’s spirit of innovation.
In Mexico, the ensemble maintains an intense presence in the University’s cultural life, while it also performs in some of most diverse concert venues, and in cultural festivals throughout the country. In addition, it has performed in the international festivals: Universitas Cantat 2007, in Poznan, Poland; 50th International Choral Festival 2007 in Jihlava, Czech Republic and America Cantat 2010, in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. It has also performed in some different cities in Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Italy, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. In 2012 Staccato participated in the International Choir Festival Tonen2000 in Naaldwijk-Netherlands, and in the Rimini International Choral Competition, in Rimini-Italy, where it was awarded one gold and five silver diplomas.
Its founder and conductor, Marco Antonio Ugalde, was born in Mexico City. He studied at the National School of Music of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), specializing in Choir Conduction in Mexico, Argentina and Germany. He has also conducted, among others, the Mexico City Choir, the Children’s Choir of the German School, the Ars Cantata Vocal Ensamble, the Choir of the German Club, the University Students Choir of the UNAM.
In 2000, Marco Ugalde was invited to perform Mexican music at the World Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany, and in Hamburg and Berlin. In October 2003, he was invited as the guest Conductor of the Centennial Choir at the concert Pavarotti sin Fronteras offered by Luciano Pavarotti in Mexicali, Baja California. In April, 2007 he served as Coordinator of The Songbridge Project at the International Festival "America Cantat V" held in Havana, Cuba. In June of the same year, with the University Students Choir of the UNAM, he performed a concert tour through Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and France.
He is also a Professor in projects designed for the training of new Choir Conductors throughout the country, and has acted as director of several centers in different cities.