GABRIEL LÖFVALL, Artistic Director, is a conductor, pianist and tenor who grew up listening to the sounds of the tango in his native Argentina. Born in the city of Mendoza, he graduated from the National University of Cuyo and sang with the Boys’ Choir there, as a youth, under Marcelo Coltro. He studied piano with Dora De Marinis.
Gabriel moved to the U.S. in 1997, where he attended the Hartt School of the University of Hartford and received a Masters of Music in piano performance under Luiz de Moura Castro, and later, a Masters in Choral Conducting, under Dr. Edward Bolkovac. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the same school.
Gabriel has taken his music to many different corners of the world: Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, England, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, and the U.S. With flutist Gonzalo Cortes, he formed Duo del Sur, a chamber music ensemblemostly devoted to the research and dissemination of South American contemporary music. He co-directs the vocal ensemble Vallis Musicae, a community chorus that meets regularly for seasonal performances and international tours.
Gabriel was the assistant conductor for The Main Street Singers of New Britain. He currently serves as the Director of Music for St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in downtown Hartford.
GREG WILFRID, Junior Choir Director, graduated from The Hartt School of Music in May of 2011 and currently resides in West Hartford, CT. Greg has years of study in voice and jazz piano, and received his Bachelors of Music in Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis. Outside of Chorus Angelicus, he teaches General Music and Choir at Toffolon Elementary School in Plainville, CT, performs as a tenor section leader and directs the Youth Music Ensemble at First Church of Christ Congregational in West Hartford, CT.
Greg taught at Exploration Summer Programs for two summers, where he developed and taught curricula on Songwriting, Percussion and Movement, and History of Rock and Roll. He also sings and plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin in The Jolly Beggars, a traditional Celtic folk band based in West Hartford that plays around the northeast and will be embarking on an East Coast tour from June to August 2011. Greg believes that all music, past and present, shares a common artistic foundation and uses his experience in a variety of different musical styles to aid his instruction and rehearsals.
KAREN SOVAK, Training Choirs Director, is a native of Schenectady, New York, and comes from a family of musicians – instrumentalists, choral, band and orchestra conductors, and church organists. Karen majored in Music Education at SUNY Potsdam and pursued further musical studies with several choral and instrumental ensembles. Karen also indulged her love of the visual arts and pottery-making, with classes at SUNY Albany and then at the Corcoran Art School in Washington, D.C. where she also began her career teaching young children at the Rudolf Steiner School in Falls Church, VA. In 1972, Karen and her husband returned to the Northeast, settling in a picturesque historic farmhouse in what was then rural Avon, CT. Karen and several friends founded the Spinners/Weavers Group Project, a medieval style guild for fabric artists at the Farmington Valley Arts Center. To escape the encroaching suburban sprawl of metropolitan Hartford, Karen and George moved to Winsted, CT where Karen established herself as a private teacher of flute and saxophone, and founded the College Recorder Consort. Beginning in 1988, The Children’s Discovery Center in Winsted, CT became the happy recipient of Karen’s considerable creative, teaching, and organizational talents. As Head Teacher and Director, Karen expanded this arts and language-based program for pre-school children, winning National Accreditation for the school’s innovative, experiential curriculum. Karen has been singing in Gaudeamus since the ensemble’s founding in 1991 and has worked with Paul Halley at his recording and music publishing company Pelagos, as General Manager from 1998- 2003 and was the Executive Director of Joyful Noise from 2003-2006. Karen continues as Director of the Chorus Angelicus Training Choirs, helping very young people to explore and rejoice in their emerging musical potential, and has also returned as Director/Head Teacher of the Children’s Discovery Center in Winsted.