Dr. Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez is the Artistic Director, co-founder, and conductor of the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW), in Washington. D.C. He is an accomplished solo and chamber pianist, orchestral and choral conductor, composer, and arranger. Since 2006 he has served as Director of Music at Westmoreland Congregational, UCC in Bethesda, Maryland, where he oversees a dynamic and widely respected music program. In the past, he has served as Associate Conductor and pianist of the internationally acclaimed Choral Arts Society of Washington and was a faculty member of Shenandoah Conservatory and the Washington Conservatory of Music. Hernandez-Valdez has received numerous awards including the Solidaridad Endowed Presidential Scholarship, E.D. Farmer Endowed International fellowships, and the Aspen Music Festival’s Solo, Vocal Coaching, and Orchestral Fellowships, to name just a few. In 2011, Cantigas honored Hernandez-Valdezq, alongside Septime Weber and Placido Domingo, with the first-ever “Award for Talent” in celebration of the ensemble’s twentieth anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Mayor of Washington, D.C. proclaimed April 28 “Latinos in the Arts Day.” Read more...



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