We're shining the spotlight on Jennifer Quintero!

SACC is so lucky to have Jennifer Quintero joining us for both our "A Spiritual Awakening" concert this Saturday AND our "Psalms in Song" concert next weekend!

Tell us about yourself, Jen!

I was born and raised in San Antonio and currently live in Austin.  I went to The University of Texas at San Antonio for my Bachelor of Arts in Music Marketing and completed a year of graduate work at The University of North Texas. During the day, I work as the Manager of Volunteers for Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services, a multi-state agency that helps children and families in need.  I also run my own side business as an Herbalife wellness Coach and Distributor.  In addition to performing, my health and fitness are a big focus for me, especially when I get to help others.

I'm a mezzo-soprano and I've recently been in such opera roles as the Third Flower in Daniel Catán’s La Hija de Rappaccini and Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutti with Alamo City OperaOther roles include Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Mercedes in Carmen, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, 3rd Spirit and 3rd Lady in The Magic Flute, and Mother in The Consul. In addition to operatic repertoire, solo oratorio performances include Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Saint Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Handel’s Messiah. In 2017, I was a semi-finalist at the Lois Alba Aria Competition in Houston.  This is my fourth season performing with SACC.

Who is your musician crush? 
My conductor crush is Gustavo Dudamel, and I think it would be a dream to perform with him!

Gustavo Dudamel.  Hubba hubba.

Who is someone who inspired you and encouraged you to pursue music?
My grandfather, Benny Valdez, was a pioneer in San Antonio in Mariachi music, the first to bring teaching of the style to this city and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his musical contributions.

Be sure to come see Jennifer in person at one or both of our upcoming concerts!

A Spiritual Awakening
Saturday, Jan. 13
San Fernando Cathedral

This FREE one-hour concert is in collaboration with San Antonio's DreamWeek, the mission of which is to advance the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other great humanitarians like him by proliferating and modernizing their aspirations of a more equitable and enlightened society for all.  SACC will be singing some of the most beloved spirituals of all time with arrangements by Moses Hogan, William Dawson, Hall Johnson, Stacey Gibbs, and more!

Psalms in Song
Saturday, Jan. 20
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower
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Sunday, Jan. 21
First Baptist Church
No ticket required; Donations Appreciated

The Psalms are full of beautiful prose which has inspired composers from all over the world for generations.  SACC will present a wide array of beautiful choral psalm settings from six different centuries including works by Palestrina, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Randall Thompson, Herbert Howells, Felix Mendelssohn, and a world premiere of a work by Hungarian composer Levente Gyongyosi that was dedicated to the San Antonio Chamber Choir!


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