Composer, Singer, Teacher, and Advocate for Transgender Rights


Composer and singer MARI ESABEL VALVERDE (b. 1987) has been commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), GALA Choruses, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and others. Her music has been featured at conventions and festivals such as Chorus America, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Association of British Choral Directors, and TMEA.

In 2016, she was a featured composer at GALA Choruses’ quadrennial festival, where her Our Phoenix was premièred by a cluster of six ensembles from the United States and Canada. Her works are published by earthsongs, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and Walton Music and self-published.

A translator, she is fluent in French and Spanish and studies Brazilian Portuguese and Swedish. She has translated Messiaen’s cantata  La Mort du Nombre and Ravel’s opera L’Enfant et les Sortilèges among other vocal works and documents from French to English.

An educator, she taught voice at the high school level for four years in Texas, where in addition she sang with the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the Dallas Chamber Choir, and Vox Humana. Her students, many of whom have participated in All-State Choirs and State Solo Competition, are represented in a dozen collegiate music programs in-state and beyond.

Ms. Valverde holds degrees from St. Olaf College, the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Tim Mahr, Justin Merritt, Philip Lasser, Narcis Bonet, David Conte, and David Garner. She is a member of ASCAP, ACDA, and the American Composers Forum.

Describe your music

"When Thunder Comes" for SATB chorus, piano, and opt. taiko or percussion
"Our Phoenix" for SATB chorus, piano, and trumpet
"Look Down Fair Moon" for SA chorus and piano
"Hold the Vision to Our Hearts" for SSAA chorus, piano, and violin
"Cantares" for SSA chorus a cappella
"Oracle of Spring" for SATB chorus a cappella
"The Cloths of Heaven" for SATB chorus and piano or harp and string ensemble
"Darest, O Soul" for TTBB chorus a cappella
"Cuatro poemas de Octavio Paz" song cycle for high voice (tenor) and piano

Interested in collaborating with

Choirs, bands, orchestras, and chamber ensembles, especially at the high school and University levels

Additional info

"Written with nice attention to the qualities of different parts, from soprano to bass, and with close attention to visual images, it got a fine performance."
Anna Carol Dudley of the San Francisco Classical Voice on "Månskenskväll" (2011)
"This piece explores harmonic realms I had not previously imagined."
New York-based jazz pianist Ben Baker on "Still die die Nacht" (2010)