Summary

Roberto Abel Martinez, born in New Mexico and raise in Texas, finished his MM in Composition at The Catholic University of America.Under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Earl Simpson, Roberto received the annual Christmas Fanfare commission from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music for choir and orchestra.It premiered at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on December 1st, 2006, this televised concert aired world wide on Eternal World Television and locally on WHUT.Roberto also received the New Old American Songs commission, which premiered on April 5, 2006, as part of CUA's Copland Festival.Roberto’s teachers and mentors include Dr. James T. Bingham, Dr. Leo Nestor, and Medea Namoradze (voice).Roberto also holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Interest

  • Travel
  • Toured seven church of Revelation in Turkey and Greece
  • Student Missionary Volunteer in Ecuador for 1 year

Objective

First and foremost, I believe that we were made by a creative higher being who gave humanity that same ability—the ability to create.  Music composition is my way of honoring this higher power because it is God who bestows this ability upon humanity.  Life would be meaningless if the world was made or “composed” by a cosmic accident.  In the same way as a composer shapes his music like a master craftsman, so God has purposefully and skillfully made or composed us.  It is God that truly inspires me to write music.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2007 - Present

Choral Director

Rosa Parks Middle School

Choral Director, .8 of full time

Rosa Parks Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools, Silver Spring, MD

  • Plan and prepare sixth grade general music.Curriculum includes lessons that teach rhythm through African drumming, harmony through guitar, and melody through piano and singing.
  • Conduct a mixed seventh and eighth grade chorus.Individual students are coached for annual honors chorus auditions
  • Prepared chorus for District 2 Festival, and prepare students for winter and spring concerts.
  • Trained and certified member of the Student Assistance committee.
  • Prepared musical portion of spring musical “School House Rock.”
  • Co-taught and assisted a 7th grade social studies inclusion class with special education.
Aug 2006 - Present

Choral Director

Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Academy

Choral Director, contract, part-time

Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Academy, Silver Spring, MD

  • Directed one middle school choir, one mass high school choir, and one Honors high school choir.
  • Prepared music for liturgical services once a month at constituent church.
  • Developed sight-singing curriculum for middle school based on solfege.
  • Performed Handel’s Messiah with high school orchestra and chorus to a packed house.
  • Recorded and released a CD of sacred music with mass choir and Honors choir.
  • Performed original compositions with Honors Chorus at my graduate recital in Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Ward Hall.
  • Developed a beginning guitar studio for students ranging from elementary to middle school.
  • Assisted Drama department as vocal and acting coach for “The Kind and I, My Fair Lady, Beauty and the Beast, and The Sound of Music.”
  • World wide television appearance on Hope Channel.
Aug 2004 - Present

Private Voice Instructor

Private Voice Teacher, part-time

Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Academy, Silver Spring, MD

  • Private vocal studio
  • Trained voices in all vocal types.
  • Trained child to adult voices.
  • Prepared students for recitals and auditions.
  • Provided assistance and vocal training to school drama department.
Jan 2007 - May 2007

Teacher's Assistant

http://composition.cua.edu/composition.cfm

Teacher’s Assistant, part-time, contract

Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

  • Developed a sight singing and dictation curriculum for two undergraduate courses

Education

Education
Aug 2001 - May 2004

Bachelors of Music

http://www.cuc.edu/

Voice Bio

Roberto Abel Martinez, born in New Mexico and raised in Texas, studied under Georgian soprano Medea Ruhadze-Namoradze, and completed his performance degree at Columbia Union College.In his debut performance in 2003 he sang the tenor solo in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at the Kennedy Center under the direction of James T. Bingham.He also appeared as Koko in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado in 2004; and as Martin in Copland’s The Tender Land.Mr. Martinez continues to travel nationally and internationally with the Columbia Union College Collegiate Chorale and New England Symphonic Ensemble, where he has recently toured through England, South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.Roberto was recently featured in April 2006 as a regional composer at the Aaron Copland festival in Washington, D.C. He is currently working on MM in Composition at the Catholic University of America.

•Cum laude graduate (GPA: 3.5)

•Who’s Who Among American College Students

Skills

Skills

Singer's Diction

Thorough knowledge of English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Latin diction.

Singers Diction

Thorough knowledge of English, French, Italian, Latin and German diction.

Portuguese

Spanish

Fluent in Spanish.

Certifications

Certifications
Feb 2009 - Present

Student Assistance Certification

MCPS Safe and Drug-Free Schools