Lorena Guillén, conductor and artistic director
Glenn Mehrbach, accompanist
Lorena Guillén (conductor and artistic director) has been described as a delicate soprano by the Washington Post. The Classical Voice of North Carolina has said that "she produces a notably Latin sound, rich and full of expression."
Guillén was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, initiating her voice training at the National Conservatory of Music. She holds a Master in Vocal Performance and a
Ph.D. in Musicology from SUNY at Buffalo. Equally at home as a performer of art music and her homeland popular tango song, Guillén has premiered and recorded many compositions by living composers and the classics of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the standards of the tango song at national and international venues.
As a vocal coach and musical director, Guillén has prepared from full opera
productions, such as Purcell's Fairy Queen, to smaller vocal chamber ensembles, mostly at her former teaching position in Hartwick College (NY) and Hartwick Summer Festival and Institute. She has been guest vocal coach of the Catskills Choral Society (NY), Dunbar United Church of Christ Chorus (CT), and regular coach of San Pedro Telmo Church Choir and Grupo Vocal Compaz in Argentina. She also sang with some of the most important professional choirs of her native country.
Guillén has recorded for Innova Records, University of Arizona Recordings, and Kindermusik, Inc. She is a former member of the multidisciplinary ensemble Musica Aperta from Washington, DC, a founding member of the word/music experimental group Lake Affect, and since 2015 performs around the nation with her own Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble.
Guillén is a member faculty of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2007.
Glenn Mehrbach (pianist) is currently Music Director at the Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist, and Staff Associate in the music, dance and theatre departments at Duke University. He spent many years as pianist and arranger for Carolina Ballet, and still plays for The School of Carolina Ballet. Other local credits include pianist for Transactors Theatre Company, the Duke University Chorale, and Durham cabaret artist Ellen Ciompi. In the previous century on the other side of the country, Glenn enjoyed a thriving career in Los Angeles as a cabaret musical director, composer and arranger, including a 20 year association with cabaret chanteuse Andrea Marcovicci, recording and producing ten CDs (remember those?), traveling internationally, and performing at the Hotel Algonquin and Carnegie Hall in New York. Glenn lives in Durham with his wife, Deborah Klinger, and they have one child, Eden, in New Orleans.