Daniel Alejandro Tapia-Santiago
Musical and Artistic Director
Daniel Alejandro Tapia-Santiago was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1993 he was admitted into the Music Department at the University of Puerto Rico, from where he graduated with a Bachelor in Arts in Music, Magna Cum Laude. From 1995 to 1999, he studied the harpsichord with Puerto Rican harpsichordist Mónica Rivera de Carrasquillo. In 1999 he was awarded a merit-based full scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the Yale University School of Music and the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music. He graduated from Yale with a Master in Music degree in Choral Conducting.
Maestro Tapia-Santiago has received several distinctions, amongst which is the Hugh Porter Award, given by Yale University to outstanding graduates from the Choral Conducting Department. Since August 2001, he is the Musical and Artistic Director of Orfeón San Juan Bautista.
In 2008 he was awarded a second merit-based full scholarship from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from where he graduated with a Doctorate in Musical Arts in choral and orchestral conducting and with a minor in harpsichord performance under the tutelage of renowned harpsichordist Charlotte Mattax-Moersch.
Founder and Musical and Artistic Co-Director
Guarionex Morales-Matos was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He studied Visual Arts (Design and Painting) at the Central School for Visual Arts in Santurce, Puerto Rico. In 1993 he graduated with a Bachelor in Public Communications degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. At that same institution, he completed a Master's Degree in Arts Administration and Cultural Endeavors in 2011. Founder of Orfeón San Juan Bautista, he has composed more than a hundred works between choral arrangements and original compositions which include sacred music, secular academic music, folkloric pieces and popular selections.
Morales-Matos is director at the Board of the University of Puerto Rico Alumni Association. He also collaborates with Cadena Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico, the state university broadcast station where for the last seven years he has produced and presented Mayormente a capella, a radio program specialized in choral music. He is currently Orfeón San Juan Bautista's Musical and Artistic Co-Director, as well as a music professor and the administrator of the Orfeón San Juan Bautista Choral Academy.