María Guinand, choral and orchestral conductor, university professor, pedagogue and leader of choral projects, is currently Artistic Director of the Schola Cantorum Foundation of Venezuela
She has been Associate Professor of the Simón Bolívar University (1976-2018) (Venezuela); Coordinator of Choral Symphonic projects of El Sistema (1980-2012)
She has also been President, Vice President and Advisor for Latin America of the International Federation for Choral Music (1996-2014) (2019-) and member of the International Music Council (UNESCO) (2002-2005).
She won the awards: 'Kulturpreis' (1998), 'Robert Edler Preis für Chormusik' (2000), Helmuth Rilling Award (Internationale Bachakademie 2009), the Life Achievement Award of the International Federation for Choral Music (FIMC 2019) and the Honorary Doctorate of the Metropolitan University, Caracas, Venezuela (2020).
She is frequently invited as guest conductor, teacher and jury member in USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Come Sing and Shine at Coralua 2023!