2014 October 31
Returning engagement to conduct the University of Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra.
Planned presentation and starting activities of the South Lower California Philharmonic Orchestra on fall 2014, differed to 2015 because of the widespread damage brought by hurricane “Odile” in September 2014.
2014 April 09
Conducting debut with the Mexico City Chamber Orchestra at the Lebanese Center of Mexico City.
2014 March 18-20
Participated at the 3rd encounter of directors of Music Community Ensembles organized by El Sistema Mexico.
Leading the efforts to create the South Lower California Philharmonic Orchestra in La Paz and Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
2014 February 13-19
Armando Torres Chibrás was in charge of the planning and coordination of the research visit of Tricia Tunstall (author of Changing Lives) to El Sistema projects in Mexico for her new book for Norton publishers. Together with travel companions Adam Johnston (founder of El Sistema Santa Babara) and Myka Miller (Director of Harmony Project Los Angeles), under the assistance of Chibrás, the group visited El Sistema Programs “bursting with musical vitality” in the cities of León, Guadalajara, Tepoztlán, and Puebla, observing the activities in situ of the Imagine Program in León, and the Centro Fox Chidren orchestra and Choir Program at the presidential library of past México’s president Vicente Fox where they meet the former First Lady Martha Sahagún. After Lomas del Paraíso in Guadalajara followed a meeting with composer Arturo Márquez in Tepoztlán, a visit to La Constancia Mexicana facilities and headquarter of Esperanza Azteca Orchestra program in Puebla, later visiting El Sistema Mexico headquartes in Mexico City and finally having a meeting with Esteban Moctezuma, head of Azteca Foundation. The same day of their departure the American visitors attended the Take a Stand Symposium 2014 organized by Los Angeles Philharmonic where they shared the impressions of their experience south of the border. Tricia wrote a Letter from the Editor in April issue of The Ensemble, a newsletter for the U.S. and Canadian El Sistema movement, and acomment in her blog
2013 December 11-12
Participated at the First Pedagogical and Experience Exchange Encounter of Community Music Groups from Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico, organized by El Sistema-Mexico (Sistema Nacional de Fomento Musical) and the Iberorquestas' Program of Cultural Cooperation of the General Ibero-American Secretariat (SEGIB) in Mexico City. Key speakers were: Enriqueta Maritza Parada, CEO of Fundación de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Chile; Catherine Surace Arenas, Fundación Batuta-Colombia; Pablo Cuello Suñol, Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical-Costa Rica.
2013 December 04
Recognizing Dr. Chibrás’ artistic and academic achievements, the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT - a decentralized public agency of Mexico's federal government) and the Presidency of Mexico invited him to join the evaluation panel for the doctoral curriculum in music of the National Autonomous University-National School of Music as part of an initiative for excellence.
2013 October 29 to November 01
Conducting instructor at the Conducting Workshop of the 2013 Regional Encounter of the North-West Mexico Children and Youth Orchestras at la Paz, Baja California Sur. Chibrás’ inspired and empowering teaching gained praise from the conductor’s board resulting in an invitation to return for the 2014 meeting.
2013 October 24, 26 and 28
Acclaimed return to conduct the Instituto Politecnico Nacional Symphony Orchestra in a thrilling Halloween - Day of the Death celebration, with works by Dukas, Saint-Saëns and Berlioz. The performance was broadcasted live across Mexico through local television affiliates, cable television, and free-to-air satellite through Canal Once TV México – XEIPN – the Mexican educational broadcast television network, with enthusiastic comments from critics, audience and orchestra members.
2013 June 16
Succesful return to conduct Toluca Philharmonic Orchestra at the Modelo Museum of Science and Industry, Toluca, State of México.
2013 May 27 to 31
Instructor of the course “Analysis for Conductors” as part of the 2° Module of the Conducting Workshop for Youth Orchestra Conductors, organized by El Sistema –Mexico (SNFM) and the Iberorquestas Program of the SEGIB (Ibero-American General Secretariat).
2013 April 27 and 28
Return to conduct the Carlos Chávez Youth Symphony Orchestra in a couple of full house Family concerts at the Blas Galindo Auditorium from the National Arts Center of Mexico (The CCYSO is the flagship ensemble from El Sistema México-SNFM).
2013 April 18 and 20
Return to conduct the Instituto Politecnico Nacional Symphony Orchestra in a Wagner Gala. The performance was broadcasted live across Mexico through local television affiliates, cable television, and free-to-air satellitethrough Canal Once TV México – XEIPN- the Mexican educational broadcast television network with enthusiastic comments from critics.
2012 December 06
Conducting debut with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Puebla (Mex), at the San Pedro Museum of Vice-regal Art with enthusiastic ovation.
2012 November 28
Conducted the Carlos Chávez Youth Symphony Orchestra (CCYSO) at the world premiere of “Devotion” by British multi-platinum and multi-award winner (Ivor Novello Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and American Film Institute) Michael Nyman, during the re-inauguration of the CinetecaNacional(National Film Conservatory and Institute) by Mexican president Felipe Calderón. The work was written especially for the Carlos Chávez Youth Symphony Orchestra
2012 November 17 and 18
Conducted the CCYSO at the National Museum of Anthropology and at the National Arts Center of México. With support from the MacArthur Foundation's International Connections Fund, DanceWorks Chicago partnered with the Carlos Chavez Youth Orchestra, bringing dance and music artists together through collaboration in the presentation of Magical Movements, originally presented with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
2012 October 22
As a result of a civil service examination process Armando Torres Chibrás won the national competition for the position as head of the Coordination for Artistic Development at El Sistema México-SNFM
2012 September 09
Full house performance, conducting debut with the Toluca Philharmonic at the Modelo Museum of Science and Industry, Toluca, State of México.
2012 August 19-26
Coordinator of the 3rd National Conducting Workshop for Wind Band Conductors at the Centro Cultural México Contemporáneo, México, D.F.. Activity sponsored and organized by El Sistema México-SNFM.
2012 August 05-18
Coordinator of the 2nd Meeting (summer camp and tour) of the México’s Children Concert Band. Touring to León, Guanajuato; San Juan del Río, Querétaro; Biblioteca Vasconcelos, México, D.F. and Pachuca, Hidalgo. This summer camp benefited over 100 children ages 8-17 from underserved towns and communities who attended for the first time this activity of El Sistema México-SNFM.
2012 August 13
Jury of the Master in Music Performance Thesis defense “Dialogue between Present and Past in Alexis Aranda’s Piano Concerto N° 1” by María-Antonieta Tello-Camarillo. National School of Music of the National Autonomous University of México.
2012 July 22-30
Sixth Regional Workshop of Wind Bands in Mérida Yucatán. As National Coordinator of Youth Concert Bands from El Sistema México (SNFM)I was responsible of supporting this activity of the Yucatán State Music Department covering the expenses of room and board for the members from six municipal youth bands from towns near Mérida.
2012 July 14-21
Coordinator of the 12th Meeting (summer camp and tour) of the México’s Youth Concert Band. Performances at the Ocampo Theater in Cuernavaca, Morelos, and at Carlos Slim’s new arts center, the Museo Soumaya Polanco, México, D.F. This summer camp benefited over 60 young person’s ages 18-22 from underserved towns and communities who attended for the first time this activity of El Sistema México-SNFM.
2012 July 7-10
Acclaimed tour to Los Cabos and La Paz, Baja California Sur, conducting the CCYSO with standing ovations.
2012 June 29-30
Guadalajara, México. KeynoteSpeech,“Passion for México: José Pablo Moncayo” and a round table with renowned musicologistsfrom the National Music Research Center (CENIDIM) closing the MoncayoLectures organized by the Secretariat of Culture’s Music Department of the State of Jalisco to celebrate the 100thbirth anniversary of the Mexican Composer and Conductor.
2012 June 26
Puebla, México. Keynote Speech, “José Pablo Moncayo: Beyond the Huapango” organized by the Council for the Arts of the State of Puebla to commemorate the 100thbirth anniversary of the Mexican Composer and Conductor.
Researcher within the multidisciplinary team who developed the application “Moncayo 100 años” for iphone and android by the National Council for the Arts of México to honor the 100th birth anniversary of Moncayo. His research for this app included interviews with individuals who knew J.P. Moncayo.
2012 May 19-20
Full house performance conducting the CCYSO at the Blas Galindo Hall of the National Arts Center of México, México D.F.
Appointed Master Thesis Supervisor to Erika Cano on “José Pablo Moncayo Chamber Music for Violin: A Study about Historic, Analytical and Stylistical matters of three works – Sonata for Violin and Piano; Romanza for Violoncello and Piano; and Sonata for Violin and Violoncello”.
2012 March 21-24
Instructor of the conducting grantees during the tour of the CCYSO to Yucatán, Campeche and Tabasco “2012 Year of the Maya World.”
2011 November 01
Inaugural Keynote Speech at the “José Pablo Moncayo Lectures” organized by the government of Jalisco to celebrate the birth centennial of the Mexican composer.
2011 September 29
Successful guest conducting debut with the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Guanajuato.
Armando's Activities 2011-2014
First Pedagogical and Experience Exchange Encounter of Community Music Groups from Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico, December 2013.
2013 Regional Encounter of the North-West Mexico Children and Youth Orchestras at la Paz, Baja California Sur, October 2013
Armando Torres Chibrás with Esthela Ponce (center), Mayor of La Paz, Matilde Cervantes Navarrete (left) Director of Culture of La Paz and Luis Peláez (right), Director of the School of Music of the State of Baja California Sur. October 2013.
Armando Torres Chibrás, Conducting instructor at the Conducting Workshop of the 2013 Regional Encounter of the North-West Mexico Children and Youth Orchestras at la Paz, Baja California Sur.
Armando Torres Chibrás returning to conduct the IPN Symphony Orchestra in México City. October 2013.
Armando Torres Chibrás returning to conduct the Carlos Chávez Youth Symphony Orchestra at the National Arts Center of Mexico. 2012-2013.
Armando Torres Chibrás with multi-award composer Michael Nymann, during a rehearsal for the world premiere of "Devotion." Mexico City, October 2012.
Armando Torres Chibrás during the performance with the IPN Symphony Orchestra. October 2013.
President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón at the inauguration of the National Film Theatre (Cineteca Nacional) building with the world premiere of "Devotion," a celebration film by Emilio Maille with music by Michael Nymann, performed by the Carlos Chávez Youth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Armando Torres Chibrás. November 28, 2012.
The Carlos Chávez Youth Symphony Orchestra at the inauguration of the National Film Theatre of Mexico (Cineteca Nacional). November 28, 2012.
Magical Movements featuring Dance Works Chicago with the Carlos Chávez Youth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Armando Torres Chibrás. November 17 and 18, 2012. (Above and below pictures)
DanceWorks Chicago Company at the National Arts Center of Mexico, November 2012.
Armando Torres Chibrás with fellow music researchers Eduardo Contreras Soto (left), Dr. Ricardo MIranda (right), and Aurelio Tello (Far right) during the conferences of the Chair José Pablo Moncayo, celebrating the 100th birthday of the Mexican composer in Guadalajara. June 2012.
Armando Torres Chibrás' Guest conducting debut with the Guanajuato University Symphony Orchestra. September 2011.
Armando Torres Chibrás was invited as a jury by the Presidency of Mexico and the National Council for Science and Technology excellence initiative. December 2013.
Left to right, Armando with Myka Miller, Tricia Tunstall and Adam Johnston. February 18 2014
Poster of the Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City with Armando's conducting debut with them on 9 April 2014.
Armando Torres Chibrás with former First Lady of Mexico, Martha Sahagún during the visit to the El Sistema's children orchestra program at Centro Fox. February 2014.
Tricia Tunstall and Adam Johnston interviewing a student from Nucleo Lomas del Paraíso in Guadalajara. February 2014.