Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 1pm
Carmen Florez Mansi, Conductor
A native of New Mexico, Carmen Florez Mansi served as the Director of the Office of Worship at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi since 2001-2012. Ms. Flórez -Mansi has performed as a vocal artist, choral conductor, vocal instructor and liturgy specialist in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area as well as throughout the Southwest since 1989. Under her direction, the Cathedral Basilica Pontifical Chorus performed Handel’s “Messiah” in Carnegie Hall in 2007 under the direction of John Rutter. In 2007, she released a recording of sacred psalms titled “Salmos de Mi Alma”. From 2008 -2010, Ms. Florez Mansi helped lead the Cathedral Basilica in an 18 month liturgical and musical celebration of the 400 Years of Faith in New Mexico Quarto Centennial events including the Royal Visit of the Royal Family of Spain and Vesper Service for the Papal Nuncio and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She has performing with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus as chorus member and soloist. She performed as soloist in the 2014 Napa Valley Choral Society-Sing Napa Valley! performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. She now serves as Pastoral Associate for Music at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and founder and director of the Choral Arts Society at St. Michael’s High School. She returned to Carnegie Hall to perform Rutter’s “Magnificat” with the Cathedral Basilica Pontifical Chorus and St. Michael’s High School Choral Arts Society. Ms. Florez-Mansi performed for His Holiness, Pope Francis with the Sistine Chapel Choir for the Closing Mass of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in November 2017 in Rome, Italy. Ms. Florez-Mansi will make her Carnegie Hall debut as choral conductor in June 2017 performing Mass of the Children, by John Rutter. She and her husband Tom, have two sons, Thomasluke and Estevan.