Originally from Venezuela, Anaida Carquez is a Choral Conductor and Vocal Coach with a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. She began her musical career as a student of Choral Conducting, leading the Coro San José de Chacao, which is affiliated with the National Academy of Gregorian Chant in Caracas, Venezuela.
As Vocal Coach and Assistant Conductor of the renowned and awarded choirs Cantoría Alberto Grau and the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, Ms. Carquez formed part of multiple successful concert tours in Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America and USA. Under her leadership, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela received two Grammy Award® and Latin Grammy Award® nominations in 2002 and 2003 respectively, for Best Classical Album for “Golijov: La Pasion Segun San Marcos.”
Through the years Ms. Carquez has conducted multiple children’s and community choirs throughout Latin America, focusing on the use of music as a tool for social action and integration, based on the need to promote music education with special emphasis on communities with limited resources.
Ms. Carquez moved to the US in 2015 and joined Amazonia Vocal Ensemble in 2016 as the choir’s Musical Director. As Amazonia’s Director she has been invited as guest lecturer and to perform at Florida International University, University of Miami, Carnegie Hall, Columbia University, Nova Southeastern University and many other community centers, public schools, libraries and churches in South Florida. She has served as adjudicator and clinician in festivals, competitions and choral encounters in South Florida.
In 2019, Ms. Carquez was invited to perform with the Minnesota Chorale and Border CrosSing at Sommerfest 2019 and for the beginning of their 2020 season in Minneapolis.