The Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir of Venezuela (SBNYCV) is a maestro José Antonio Abreu’s initiative aimed at establishing a high-standard choral ensemble made up of El Sistema’s young singers.
Since its creation in 2006, look the SBNYC is committed to the pursuit of excellence in the choral arts, find through a comprehensive training program that includes continuous public appearances.
Its repertoire includes a wide variety of works, from universally known and Venezuelan madrigals to a selection of choral pieces —both profane and sacred— by renaissance, classical and contemporary composers; including major choral-orchestral works, in which the choir specializes.
Antonio Estévez’s Cantata Criolla; Symphonies No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 by Gustav Mahler; Requiem, Mass in C, Regina Coeli, and Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohéme; Georges Bizet’s Carmen; Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; Choros No. 10, Floresta do Amazonas and Mandú Carará by Heitor Villalobos; Gustav Holst’s The Planets; Zadok The Priest, The King shall rejoice and Dixit Dominus by George Frideric Handel, Mass in B minor, Glory to God and Magníficat by Johann Sebastian Bach; Juan Bautista Plaza’s Requiem; Inocente Carreño’s Requiem; Antonio María Valencia’s Requiem; and Seven Gates of Jerusalem (premiere in Venezuela), Hymn to St. Adalbert, O Gloriosa Virginum, and Symphony No. 8 by Krzysztof Penderecki are some of the highlights of its repertoire.
The SBNYCV has performed under world-famous conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Krystof Penderecki, Issac Karabtchevsky, Nicolas Kraemer, Simon Rattle, Alfredo Rugeles, Felipe Izcaray, Inocente Carreño, Vladimir Prado, Pablo Castellanos, Gerald Wirth, Roberto Tibirica, César Iván Lara, Diego Matheuz, Christian Vásquez, Dietrich Paredes, Robert Göestl, Gregory Carreño and Florentino Mendoza.
In June 2012, the Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir of Venezuela embarked on its first international tour that included appearances in several German cities and at the German Choir Festival. From September 17 to September 23, the 101 members of the SBNYCV performed at four major concert halls in the United States: the Alice Tully Hall of the Lincoln Center, the United Nations ECOSOC Hall in New York, the Eisenhower Theatre of the Kennedy Center, and the Enrique Iglesias Hall of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington. That same year, the choir performed in Caracas at the closing concert of the Mahler Cycle titled With Dudamel for Peace, and at the Fundamusical Canta Festival, where they featured prominently.
As part of its engagements for 2013, the SBNYCV recorded the soundtrack of the film El Libertador, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel and, in March, the choir participated in the America Cantat Festival in Bogotá, representing Venezuela. In July, the SBNYCV appeared at the Salzburg Festival with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.
Music Director: Lourdes Sánchez
Assistant Director: Juan Leonardo Gorrín
Singing professor: Margot Pares Reyna
Coordinator: Alejandro Gil