Colla Voce chamber choir was founded in 1999. The SATB choir is made up of singers from the Quarry Bank area of the Black Country in the West Midlands.
Our love of choral classical music from a variety of styles and genres has lead to the choir having a rich and varied repertoire. The choir sings a number of concerts throughout the year to share our love of music with our audiences.
Musical Director, Mariana Rosas, took up her post in
September 2019. She brings a fresh energy to the choir, and has introduced us to new music from around the world.
Mariana Rosas - Musical Director
Mariana Rosas was born in Argentina. Her musical studies started at the age of 9 in the local Music Conservatoire, where she studied piano and joined the children's choir.
In 2003 she was awarded a scholarship to attend the United World College of the Adriatic (Italy), where she obtained the International Baccalaureate Diploma. As a student there she became the conductor of the school choir, and that was the beginning of her life as a conductor.
Since then, she has obtained a Bachelors in Choir Conducting at the National University of Arts of Argentina and a Diploma in Contemporary Music at the Music Conservatoire of the City of Buenos Aires. For the past ten years, she has worked as a Choir Practice Teacher at the National University of Arts of Argentina.
Mariana founded two chamber choirs: Proyecto 13 and the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble of the National University of Arts, commissioning new music and giving premiers of contemporary pieces in Argentina. She also coordinated a student lead choir in the outskirts of Buenos Aires as part of a Voluntary project.
Mariana has worked as guest conductor in Argentina, Denmark, Canada, Italy and Switzerland. In 2018 she moved to England with her husband to study at the University of Birmingham. Since then she has studied and worked with Simon Halsey, Simon Carrington, Julian Wilkins, and Mike Seal, and has gained her Masters in Choral Conducting at the University of Birmingham.
Photo courtesy of Voices in Harmony
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