“From conducting Camerata in a program of Mexican composers to conducting the Glee Club in Mexico City for a loving audience, I cherish these moments and the opportunity to share my culture with my ensembles.”
Mariana Corichi Gomez, from Morelia, Mexico, is proud of the repertoire that she has been able to share with her Princeton community and family during her time on campus—including the Glee Club, Camerata, Chamber Choir, Trego Singers, and Trenton Youth Singers. For her senior thesis, she composed “La Casa del Árbol,” an original song cycle for solo voice, chorus, chamber ensemble and electronics about grieving family relationships and childhood innocence while reconciling immigrant identity. She credits her junior paper and senior thesis advisors, Juri Seo and Steve Mackey, for deepening her understanding of tonality and counterpoint, and helping her find her compositional voice. Also pursuing a music certificate in conducting—along with certificates in Music Theater and Latino Studies—Mariana’s experience participating in a masterclass with one of her musical and social justice heroes conductor Gustavo Dudamel, Princeton University Concerts’ 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence, remains a cherished memory.