The San Juan Children's Choir is a non-profit organization dedicated to provided a musical education to children between 5 and 18 years of age. Students are selected after a detailed audition where the child's musical skills and aptitude are evaluated. Founded in 1966, by its current Artistic Director, Evy Lucío Córdova, the San Juan Children's Choir was the first institution of its kind in Puerto Rico and is today one of the more distinguished art organizations in Puerto Rico.
A graduate from the San Juan Children's Choir (SJCC), where she began studying music at a young age, María Gabriela Fernández-Cerra has participated in various choral groups, such as the San Juan Philharmonic Choir (Coral Filarmónica de San Juan), Camerata Filarmónica de Puerto Rico, Coral Lírica de Puerto Rico and Coralia of the University of Puerto Rico. With the latter, she participated in various international choral competitions and festivals in Canada, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy and Poland.
“Evy Lucío possesses a natural talent for teaching and inspiring children to sing with a high level of musicality”.
During the mid-20th century, an enthusiasm for classical music converged in Puerto Rico with the presence of Maestro Pablo Casals and the creation of the Puerto Rico Casals Festival. This dynamic musical atmosphere gave life to the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory.
El Coro de Niños de San Juan ha representado a su país y a los Estados Unidos a través de sus conciertos en prestigiosas salas internacionales tales como WIENER MUSIKVEREIN en Viena, ROYAL ALBERT HALL en Londres, Palacio de L’ERMITAGE en San Petersburgo-Rusia, KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, en Washington D.C., Alice Tully Hall del LINCOLN CENTER y CARNEGIE HALL en Nueva York, entre otros.