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|A native of New Mexico, Carmen Flórez–Mansi has a long history as a music director
with various choral arts groups in Santa Fe. In addition to her role as Pastoral Associate
for Music at the Cathedral Basilica, she has performed as a vocal artist, choral conductor,
vocal instructor, and liturgy specialist throughout the Southwest, including solo
appearances with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.
Mrs. Flórez-Mansi is also the Director of the Choral Arts Society at St. Michael’s
High School, which she founded in 2014. Under her direction, this advanced 42-member
chorus won the New Mexico Music Educators 2017 State 4A Choral Championship which
took place at Cleveland High School in Albuquerque. In just their third year, this
was the Choral Arts Society’s first year competing in state finals. In December 2017,
she joined The Santa Fe Opera as their Children’s Chorus Master and Vocal Coach for
the return production of Shoes for the Santo Niño, an opera composed by Stephen Paulus
based off the children’s story by New Mexico native Peggy Pond Church. She also founded
the St. Celia Institute for Liturgical Arts for children as well as her private vocal
studio, Mariposa, in 2010. In 2012, during a brief relocation from Santa Fe, Mrs.
Flórez-Mansi and her family moved to Napa, California, where she was the Director
of Liturgy & Music at John the Baptist Catholic Church & School. Mrs. Flórez-Mansi
made her debut at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall as choral conductor for its Father’s
Day concert on June 18, 2017, performing Mass of the Children by John Rutter. This
was not her first appearance at Carnegie Hall, however. In June 2007, she and 55 members
of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Pontifical Chorus performed Handel’s
Messiah at Carnegie Hall, under the direction of renowned composer John Rutter. That
same year, she released a recording of sacred psalms titled “Salmos de mi Alma.” In
February 2016, she returned to Carnegie Hall with nearly a hundred Santa Fe singers—most
of them from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi’s Pontifical Chorus—to
conduct Magnificat, under the direction of Dr. David R. Thye. She and her choristers
were later honored with an invitation to join the Sistine Chapel Choir in November
of that year for the Closing Mass of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, celebrated by His
Holiness Pope Francis, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. In June 2018 she was
named Choral Director of the Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus.