Diana V. Sáez, DMA, is a leading specialist in the field of Latin American music and an accomplished choral conductor. She is frequently invited as guest conductor, adjudicator and lecturer in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Sáez was the founder and artistic director of Cantigas, a chamber choir that she founded with the mission to increase awareness and appreciation of the many rich styles of Latin America and Spanish choral music. For 25 years Cantigas was a principal performer of Latin American music, with appearances at the ACDA Eastern Division Convention, Kennedy Center, Strathmore Center, museums and embassies, as well as international tours in Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Cuba. In 2014, the choir was awarded the Choral Excellence Award for Most Creative Programming by the Choralis Foundation in Washington, DC.
“Latin American music should be part of the choral canon like other choral music, and should not be pigeonholed. To me, all music is multicultural.” – Diana V. Sáez
Diana Sáez is an active member of Chorus America, and the American Choral Directors’ Association. In June 2015, Ms. Sáez was a guest panelist at the ACDA’s Second National Symposium on American Choral Music – The Music of Latin America in Austin, Texas.
In addition to Cantigas, Dr. Sáez was the artistic director of the World Bank-IMF Chorus for sixteen years and directed the Catholic University Women’s Choir for six years.
Dr. Sáez began her musical education at the Escuela Libre de Música in San Juan, PR. She earned a Master of Choral Conducting from Temple University, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Maryland in College Park. Among her mentors and teachers are Violeta De la Mata, Alan Harler and Dr. Edward Maclary.
Her choral music and arrangements are published by Boosey and Hawkes and by the Roger Dean Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation.