Vocal Luna, Cuba’s only professional female choir, was created in 2002. The group is made up of 16 singers of equal voices, graduates of both middle and superior music schools across the country.
The ensemble, led by Choral Director Wilmia Verrier Quiñones, has brought together a wide repertoire of diverse composers, styles and genres of music. It has also shared the stage with prestigious musical groups and choirs from a variety of countries and has participated in both national and international music festivals.
At the 10th International D’Canto de Isla de Margarita (Venezuela, 2007) Festival, the choir won the Grand Prix and Gold Medal in the best Female Voice category. It also received the Award for Best Performace in the Habaneras and Polyphonies of Havana (2007) Contest.
Vocal Luna also does important community work by creating children’s choirs to promote choral singing among kids, which not only develops their musical skills and capactity to concentrate, but also improves discipline. Since its creation, the group has consistently participated in different programs developed by the Canada-Cuba Sports and Cultural Festivals Association.
Wilmia Verrier Quiñones told Cubaplus that its president, Jonathan Watts, has been a big promoter of choral singing, organizing concerts, workshops and meetings among Canadian choirs that visit the Island as well as for Cuban professional choirs, conservatories, amateurs and youth.
“We will also sing in the choir for the mass that Pope Francis will give in Havana next September 20th,” added Verrier Quiñones.