Recently appointed Director of Orchestras at Eastern Washington University, Gómez Giraldo has served as Interim Director of Orchestras, Professor of Choral Activities and Director of Choral Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado. He has also been profes- sor of conducting at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional in Bogotá, as well as choral and orchestral clinician for the National Choral-Orchestral Program of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia. Professor Gómez is active as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor of honor orchestras and choirs throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Colombia. He is also active as a composer and arranger, with several of his instrumental and choral works published by Hal Leonard.
Under the guidance of Helmuth Rilling, he has participated as an active conductor during Bach Festivals in Santiago de Compostela, leading the Bachakademie Orchestra of Stuttgart and Gächinger Kantorei. He has also appeared with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and with the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He has conducted the National Opera and Zarzuela Companies in Colombia in such works as "Barbero de Sevilla", "La Leyenda del Beso" and "Marina", led the university premiere of "Little Women" by Mark Adamo and another production of " The Merry Wives of Windsor", and also appeared as Guest conductor of the Juan M. Corpas University Orchestra.
He also served as Music Director of the National Symphony Choir Santa Fe de Bogotá with which he was awarded First Prize in the Sixth International Polyphonic Competition"Ciudad de Ibagué." Under his leadership for over ten years, the choir performed representative master choral-symphonic works and operatic repertoire with the Colombian National Sym- phony and the Bogotá Philharmonic, including both the world and international premieres of numerous works such as the "Misa Tango" by Luis Bacalov, Berlioz's "Misa Solemnis", Honegger's "Jeanne D'Arc", Prokofiev's "Ivan the Terrible"and Blas Emilio Athehortua's "Cris- tóforo Colombo", among others. He received the Medal of"Honor al Mérito"in the category of Excellence and Outstanding Merit from the Colombian Institute of Culture.
Julián Gómez Giraldo began his studies of conducting and French Horn at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música, and the Escuela Superior de Música in his native Colombia. He also studied in the National Academy of Gregorian Chant in Venezuela with the Benedictine monks Luigi Agustoni and Johannes Berchmans, and in the Schola Guido D'Arezzo with the Benedictine monk Juan Ramón Uribe. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Educa- tion and Conducting from the National Pedagogic University of Bogotá, and also earned Master's degrees from Texas Christian University in Choral and Orchestral Conducting, and in Theory and Composition. Currently, he is working on his dissertation defense for a Doctor- ate in Orchestral Conducting with Music History emphasis from the University of Northern Colorado under the guidance of Russell Guyver, and Jonathan Bellman.
His teachers include renowned Colombian conductors Jaime Guillén, María Teresa Guillén, Jorge Zorro, and Maestros Helmuth Rilling, Russell Guyver and Germán Gutiérrez.
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