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Miguel Felipe is director of music and liturgy of the LCH.
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Director of Music and Liturgy
My biggest challenge is... finding a way to be a healthy, well-rounded person while also getting all my work done. There are just too many things that I love to do!
My last meal would be... Spanish chorizo, Kraft macaroni and cheese, satay hot off the grill in Singapore, Ahi poke, and a freshly made caipiringha.
I am happiest when... surrounded by people, food, and music I love! (See last meal above.)
My guilty pleasure is... ice cream... although I don’t really feel guilty about it.
My favorite sports team is... hands down: the Boston Red Sox. They are without doubt, inarguably the greatest sports team in the country. No exceptions. GO SOX!
I came to LCH because... LCH is the rare place that fully supports a music program of amazing quality and integrity within an equally rich and thoughtful spiritual practice. It the perfect coincidence of great liturgy and great music!
Miguel Ángel Felipe was called to the Lutheran Church of Honolulu in 2011 when he was named director of music and liturgy. He is also Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and artistic director of the International Meeting on Choral Music in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. Most recently, he served as Visiting Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the Oberlin College and Conservatory and Artistic Director of the Boston Choral Ensemble. Before that, he was Interim Choral Director and Visiting Lecturer in Music at Mt. Holyoke College, Associate Director of Choral Studies at The Boston Conservatory, and Assistant Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum at Harvard University. He has conducted choirs at the University of Cincinnati, Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, Brown University, and Harvard University and has served at churches in Ohio and Massachuetts. Felipe also serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Eastern US and in South America and Southeast Asia.
Felipe studied at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy where earned a diploma in piano and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College—Conservatory of Music where he earned a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude. After relocating to Boston, Felipe attended the Pierre Monteux School and studied conducting at Boston University where he earned his graduate degrees studying with Dr. Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Craig Smith, and Joseph Flummerfelt.
As a performer, Felipe advocates for new music and has commissioned and premiered dozens of works for chamber orchestra; wind ensemble; women’s, men’s, and mixed chorus. In 2007 Felipe established the Boston Choral Ensemble Commission Competition: the Northeast’s largest choral commissioning project of its kind. As a researcher and teacher, Felipe’s research interests focus on choral innovations in Indonesia, choral societies’ influence in cultural development, and conducting pedagogy.
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