Fonema: (Spanish, phoneme) the smallest unit of speech, which distinguishes words according to their sonic quality.
Fonema Consort is dedicated to the commissioning and promotion of new works for voice and instruments by both established and emerging composers from Latin America and its diaspora. Since its inception in 2012, Fonema has established an international reputation as one of the leading young contemporary classical music ensembles based in the United States. Under the artistic direction of composer Pablo Santiago Chin and soprano Nina Dante, it has been featured throughout the Americas (US, Mexico, Ecuador, and Costa Rica) and has collaborated closely with celebrated composers such as Julio Estrada, James Dillon, and Lewis Nielson; as well as young luminaries such as Bethany Younge, Sivan Cohen Elias and Clint McCallum. Fonema Consort has been the recipient of prestigious grants from institutions like the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, and the Copland Fund for New Music. Fonema Consort has developed a particularly close relationship with the prominent Mexican composer Julio Estrada**, who has been jointly selected by the graduate students and faculty in the Harvard Music Department to serve as a guest speaker in the Barwick Colloquium Series on September 18, 2017.
A newly created collaboration between the Harvard Music Department and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), the GLAM (Group for Latin American Musics) Concert Series is designed around the promotion of Latin American music on the Harvard campus and broader Boston community through an annual concert and associated master class.