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Dario Sotelo

Curriculum Vitae


Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting – City University

London, UK – 1993

Bachelor of Music Degree in Viola – Conservatorio de Tatui

City of Tatui, Brazil – 1986

Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts – Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras de Tatui

City of Tatui, Brazil - 1984

Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin – Conservatorio de Tatui

City of Tatui, Brazil – 1984

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting – Escola de Contabilidade de Sao Jose do Rio Preto

City of São Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil - 1977

Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano – Conservatorio Etelvina Ramos Viana

City of São Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil – 1977

Current Positions

Artistic Director and Conductor of the Brazilian Wind Orchestra – the Symphonic Band of the Conservatoire of Tatui, 19 years as Conductor and 16 years as Artistic Director.

Head and Teacher of the Instrumental Conducting Area.

Consultant and Pedagogical Adviser of Ensembles for the Project Guri – City of São Paulo, Brazil.

Administrative and Pedagogical Positions

Director of the Conservatoire of Tatui, Brazil – February to July 2003.

Revised the content of all instrumental, vocal and drama programs with the department heads;

Integrated all the teaching activities of the departments with clear artistic direction and proposals for each year;

Established practical actions of the artistic proposals into the community;

Reformulated the teachers’ career and methods of professional evaluation;

Made a new proposal for the budgets, adequate it to the artistic proposals of the year, considering the basic needs for this matter, also renewing the Conservatoire’s music instruments and rehearsal facilities.

Head of the Instrumental Conducting Teaching Area – 1994 up to date.

Established the Instrumental Conducting Course of the Conservatoire of Tatui in 1994, a four-year program;

Assembled the content of the conducting program in accordance with the Brazilian reality, needs and demand: string orchestra, symphonic orchestra and symphonic band, and all pedagogic smaller groups related to the international grading system, connected to the pertinent repertoire;

Introduced in Brazil the concept of the grading international system for the wind band;

Integrated the conducting program with the several existing ensembles of the Conservatoire of Tatui.

Head of the String Department – 1987 to 1991; 1997 to 2001.

1st Period:

Revised the content of the violin, viola, violoncello and string bass programs for a eight-year conservatory course;

Introduced the new concepts and pedagogies of teaching strings based on the ideas and methods of Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Kodaly and string class methods such as Samuel Applebaum and James Froseth;

Trained the string teachers on applying the new methodologies;

Established the string orchestras as part of the teaching program after 6 months of individual instrument classes.

2nd Period:

Integrated all the teaching activities as the string teaching program of the string department: individual classes, chamber music for small ensembles with piano co-repetition and string orchestras in 3 levels of instrumental ability;

Integrated the teachers with frequent meetings to discuss and evaluate the progress of the students and their participation on the several activities, and to continue studying the new methodologies;

Organized the string orchestras repertoire in accordance to the technical demand of each level of instrumental proficiency, including Brazilian composers;

Commissioned Brazilian composers such as Mario Ficarelli, Ernest Mahle and Edson Beltrami to write for the string orchestras and for solo instruments and string orchestras in development, also based on the grading system for strings.

Pedagogic Coordinator of the Project Pro-Bandas – 1988 to 2007

The Project Pro-Bandas is the Government of the State of São Paulo outreach project, organized, administrated and run by the Conservatoire of Tatui for 400 wind bands. The project organized 3 groups of instrument and conducting teachers, sent to several regions of the state during weekends, teaching for the local musicians of the participant bands. The project also commissioned composers to write new compositions and arrangements of pop Brazilian songs for band recording and distribution of all the material for the bands in the project.

Special Adviser on Conducting of the Project Guri – Interior of the State of São Paulo – 2009

Special Adviser on Ensembles of the Project Guri – City of São Paulo – 2008 to date. Project Guri - City of São Paulo – 32 bases, 7,000 children and youngsters attended.

Children’s Opera

Children’s Opera “A Peste e o Intrigante”, composer Mario Ficarelli – 1986 to 1987.

Students’ string orchestra, one solo percussionist, cast of 8 infantile soloists, 100 children acting, 10 dancers – 9 performances in 2 years, broadcasted nationally on channel “TV Cultura”.

Special Shows/ Projects for Children and Youngsters

Author of texts and dialogues, conception of the stage, general direction:

“Retratos” (Portraits) – Introducing the Symphonic Band – show with narration and projection of images. Music specially commissioned for the composer Edson Beltrami – 2001.

“Villa-Lobos Encontra Guarnieri” (Villa-Lobos Meets Guarnieri) - Music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Camargo Guarnieri – show with actors and multimedia – 2007.

“Vinda da Familia Real para o Brasil” (The Arrival of the Royal Portuguese Family to Brazil) – Music of José Mauricio Nunes Garcia, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri, Ricardo Silva and Jose Gustavo Juliao - show with actors and multimedia – 2008.

“O Momoprecoce” (The Momoprecoce) – Music of Heitor Villa-Lobos - show with actors, multimedia and a piano soloist – 2010.

“Os Planetas” (The Planets) – Music of Gustav Holst – show with multimedia and VJ Projection – 2010.

“Compositores e Poetas” (Project Composers and Poets) – Music of Brazilian Composers and Brazilian Poets, original compositions - for choir and narrator – 2010.

“Sonho de Crianca” (Child Dreams) – Music of Kit Turnbull, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Percy Grainger - show with actors and multimedia – 2011.

“O Drama de Petrushka” (The Drama of Petroushka) – Music of Stravinsky - show with actors and multimedia and puppets – 2011.

“O Tango e Suas Histórias” - Music of tango composers from several periods of the history of the Tango in Argentina and Uruguay, with arrangements and orchestrations of Pablo Dell’Oca Sala - show with one actor, 2 dancers and bandoneon - 2012

Pop Shows

Conceived and directed pop shows with Brazilian pop singers and instrumentalists:

Show with Leila Pinheiro – 2003.

Show with the Brazilian Talk Trio – 2004.

Show with Morais Moreira – 2007.

Show with the Saxophonist Leo Gandelman on the music of Radames Gnatalli – 2011.

Artistic and Performance Activities

Violinist in a Piano Trio – 1984 to 1989

Violinist/ Violist in the Symphonic Orchestra of Tatui – 1982 to 1988

Concertmaster of the Corelli String Orchestra – 1994 to 1995

Artistic Director and Conductor of the Paulista Symphony Orchestra – 1998 to 2001

Conductor of the Brazilian Wind Orchestra/Symphonic Band of The Conservatoire of Tatui – 1993 to date

Artistic Director of the Brazilian Wind Orchestra – 1995 to 2008

International Events: Established, Organized and Coordinated

I Ibero-American Conference for Composers, Arrangers and Conductors of Symphonic Band and Ensembles – Tatui, Brazil – 2002

I International Meeting for Military Band Directors – Tatui, Brazil - 2003

II Ibero-American Conference for Composers, Arrangers and Conductors of Symphonic Band and Ensembles – Tatui, Brazil – 2004

IV Ibero-American Conference for Composers, Arrangers and Conductors of Symphonic Band and Ensembles – Tenerife, Spain – 2008

I Latin American Meeting for Composers, Arrangers and Conductors of Symphonic Band and Ensembles – São Paulo, Brazil - 2009

International Events: Participation

Midwest Clinic Conference in Chicago, USA – from 1998 to 2011

WASBE Conferences – Ireland, UK – 2007 and Cincinnati, USA – 2009, Chiayi, Taiwan - 2011

World Premieres for Orchestra and Wind Orchestra

140 Premieres from 1986 to date. For details, a list is available.

Brazilian Premieres of International Wind Orchestra. 70 Premieres from 1994 to date. For details, a list is available.

Festivals in Brazil: Artistic Director and Coordinator

Festival and Winter Courses – Tatui, Brazil – 2003 to 2007, 2009 and 2010

Week of New Composition for Wind Ensemble – 2008 and 2009

Festivals and Courses in Brazil: Conducting Teacher and Conductor

Festival de Inverno de Campos do Jordão – Nucleo Tatui, Brazil - 1998 to 2002

Festival Oficina de Curitiba – City of Curitiba, Brazil - 1993 to 1995, 2006 to 2011

Festival de Música de Divinópolis – City of Divinopolis, Brazil – 2011, 2012

Festival de Música de Pelotas – City of Pelotas, Brazil – 2011, 2012

Festivals Abroad: Participation

Brazilian Music Festival in Wattwill, Switzerland - 1997

University of Georgia – Athens, USA - Wind Festival - 2002

Kentucky Music Education Association – Guest Conductor and Lecturer – Louisville, USA – 2004

Minnesota Music Education Association – Guest Conductor - Minneapolis, USA – 2005

Minnesota Music Education Association – Guest Lecturer – Minneapolis, USA – 2006

Queensland Conservatory – Brisbane, Australia - 2008

Seminario de Bandas de Colombia – Manizales, Colombia - 2009

University of California – Cal Poly Wind Festival - San Luis Obispo, USA - 2009

WIBIC – Wind Band Festival – Seattle, USA - 2009

Guest Lecturer

Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA - USA - 2006, 2008, 2010

Basel Conservatoire, Switzerland - 2012

Guest Conducting in Spain

Banda Municipal de Tenerife – 2008

Banda Municipal de La Coruna – 2004, 2008

Banda Municipal de Bilbao – 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Guest Conducting in Brazil

Symphonic Band of the State of São Paulo – 2001, 2005, 2008

Camerata de Curitiba – String Orchestra and Choir – 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010

Guest Conducting and Lecturer

Budapest and Kiskunfelegyhaza, Hungary - 2000

University of Kentucky – Moorhead, MN - USA - 2004

University of Minnesota – Duluth, MN - USA – 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011

University of St Thomas – Minneapolis, MN - USA – 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010

Sinfonisches Jugendblasorchester – Baden Wurttemberg, Germany - 2009

University of Mercer – Macon, GA - USA – 2011

Sudwind Ochsenhausen, Germany - 2012

International Jury

Certamen de Bandas de Valencia – 2003

Certamen de Bandas de Valencia – 2010

International Project

Participation with the Camerata de Sopros Tatui (Wind Camerata) – Project Brasil Presente (Brazil Presence) of the Brazilian Embassy in Costa Rica: 3 Concerts and 4 Lectures – San Jose, Costa Rica – 2009

International Associations

WASBE – Board Member for 6 Years - 2003 to 2009

Artistic Planning Committee for the Chiayi – Taiwan Conference 2011

Member of CBDNA

Recording Diretor

CD Suite Tropical – Symphonic Band of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil – 2003

Recording CDs and DVD

Full CDs

Compositores Brasileiros - Brazilian Wind Orchestra - 1995

Compositores Brasileiros, Pro-Bandas – Brazilian Wind Orchestra - 1998

Obras Brasileiras para Saxophone e Orquestra – Paulista Symphony Orchestra and Dale Underwood- 1999

Arranjadores Brasileiros – Brazilian Wind Orchestra - 2000

Retratos – Brazilian Wind Orchestra - 2002

Pro-Bandas – Brazilian Wind Orchestra - 2003

Do Coração e da Alma – Composer Hudson Nogueira – Brazilian Wind Orchestra - 2004

Comemorando 15 Anos - Brazilian Wind Orchestra - 2006

Banda Sinfônica do Conservatório de Tatuí - CD de 20 anos - 2012

Partial CDs

Orquestra de Câmara de Tatui – Tatui Chamber Orchestra – Music of Bimbo Azevedo – 2003

Commemorative CD: 50 Anos – Brazilian Wind Orchestra – 2004

All State Band Festival in Kentucky – 2004

Doubles – Royal Northern College of Music Wind Ensemble – Music of Martin Ellerby – 2010

Full DVD

Orquestra de Sopros Brasileira – Brazilian Wind Orchestra – Documentary and Concert - 2007

Articles and Academic Texts

Historical Evolution of the Orchestra - 1991

Youth String Orchestra: a Comparative Study Between Brazil and the UK – Thesis of Master’s Degree – 1992

Conducting: History, Concepts and Technique – 3 Monographs for Master’s Degree – 1992

Brazilian Wind Music – Published in the WASBE Magazine – 2005

Antonio Meneses, Influencia Sobre Novas Gerações – Published in the Revista de Cultura do Nordeste - 2006

The Wind Band Panorama in Brazil – Published in the WASBE Magazine – 2008

Original Brazilian Wind Music – Published in the WASBE Magazine – 2008

Edmundo Villani-Cortes – A Composer in Love with the Present - Published in the WASBE Magazine – 2008

Rumos da Música Erudita – Published in the Newspaper “A Gazeta do Povo”, City of Curitiba – 2008

Tabela de Parametros Técnicos e Musicais do Repertório de Sopros - Published in the Booklet of the National Foundation of Arts, Band Division – 2008

Eine Aufstrebende Szene, Ein Blasorchester-Rundblick Uber Brasilien – Published in the Clarino Magazine – 2008

The Symphonic Band of The Conservatoire of Tatui – Published in the WASBE Magazine - 2011

Non-Published Texts

Plan for Developing the Wind Band Repertoire in South America – 2003

A Música como Linguagem – 2003

Porque a Música é Universal – 2004


Portuguese, Spanish and English – Fluent reading, writing, speaking

Italian and French – Fluent reading