Coro San Benito is a chamber group of amateur
singers who are developing their singing as a
means of enriching their lives, both artistically
in 1988 under the wing of the Abadía San
Benito, in Palermo, Buenos Aires, it was jointly
directed by Marcela Gros and José Toccalino,
with Gros remaining as director until 1994. During
this period, in 1991, the group became independent
of the Abbey to develop along its own lines.
1995 Juan Martín Picarel took on the leadership
of the choir, and has presented programmes
with music, sacred and profane, from the English, Italian, French & Spanish Renaissance (including composers such as Palestrina, Victoria, Guerrero, Mateo Flecha, Lassus, Willaert, Weelkes, Morley, Bennet),
Songs and motets from German Romanticism (Mendelssohn, Schumann, Bruckner, Hensel, Rheinberger), Argentine folk music, works of French composers Debussy and Duruflé and
XIX & XX English Songs (Elgar, Holst, Stanford, Parry, Finzi, Cooke, Barnby, Britten, Finzi y Howells amongst others).
Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 20:00 to 22:00 in Palermo, Paraguay & Thames.
Director: Juan Martín Picarel
Martín holds a Licenciature in
Choir and Orquestra Conducting, having studied in the Collegium Musicum, the Municipal Conservatory
'Manuel de Falla', and graduating from the Arts
and Musical Sciences Faculty of the Universidad
Católica Argentina. In 1996 & 1997
he studied Renaissance Music under Eduardo Sohns,
and studied choir direction under Maestros. Julio
Fainguersch (1998) and Werner Pfaff (2001),
and studied piano under Diana Schneider.
Martín has been an outstanding member of
choral groups such as:
Coro de Cámara Adrogué,
- El Grupo de Canto Coral and El Grupo Vocal de
has also been member of vocal groups such as Lilium
and Cantica Nova, dedicated to the interpretation
of Renaissance Music.
1994 and 1996 he served as Assistant to the Director,
Maestro Marcelo Ortiz Rocca in the Coro de la
U.A.D.E., the Coro de la Fundación Omega
Seguros, the Grupo Coral Santa Rita, the Camerata
Vocal de Belgrano, the Coro de la Facultad de
Ingeniería de la UBA and the Coro de Cámara
Adrogué. Later he served as Sub-Director
to the last two named Choirs until 1998 y 2000
directed the Choirs of All Saints Schools, in
Villa Adelina, from 1996 to 2000; specifically
leading the Senior School Choir from its year
of foundation and reaching 2nd place in the 2nd
Federal Olympics "Canto Joven" in 1998.
he has been Director of the Coro San Benito since
1995, is the founder of the Coro de la Facultad
de Ciencias Sociales de la UBA (in Sept 1998)
and from 2000, the orquestras of Colegio