Trans Latina Composer, Singer, Educator
Award-winning composer and singer Mari Esabel Valverde has been commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and Boston Choral Ensemble among others and has appeared with Dallas Chamber Choir, Vox Humana, and EXIGENCE (Detroit). She was a featured composer at the 2016 Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses Festival, where her “Our Phoenix” was premièred by six collective ensembles from the United States and Canada. Her works are published by earthsongs and Walton Music and otherwise self-published.
Fluent in Spanish and French, she actively studies Brazilian Portuguese and Swedish. She has translated numerous vocal works and documents including a phonetic guide of Ravel’s opera L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Based in North Texas, she has taught voice at the high school level for five years. Her former students, many of whom have participated in All-State Choirs and Solo Competition, are represented in over a dozen collegiate programs.
She holds degrees from St. Olaf College, the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Composers Forum, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
Describe your music
Political, sensual, and neoromantic. I am a self-proclaimed "Frenchy." Tonal with at least some counterpoint, and for me, dissonance is very purposeful and is not to be overindulged.
Interested in collaborating with
Choirs, bands, orchestras, and chamber ensembles, especially at the high school and university levels
Poets and authors representing marginalized minorities, especially cis women and trans or non-binary writers
"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
"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)