Dora Vera


Dora Vera was born in Tuxtla Gutierrez Chiapas, Mexico on April 28th, 1968. She has lived in Oaxaca City, her parents’ hometown, since 1978.

She has been a member of the National System of Art Creators since 2016.

Her music education started at the School of Fine Arts at the Autonomous University of Oaxaca, where she got a degree in transverse flute. Later on she attended studies in choir conducting and music pedagogy at the Institute of Music Pedagogy Zoltán Kodály at the Franz Liszt Academy in Kécskement, Hungary. She also earned a bachelor´s degree in Culture Management and Sustainable Development for the School of Fine Arts at the Autonomous University of Oaxaca. 

In 2007 she started composition studies with the composer Victor Rasgado at the Music Creation Workshop in Oaxaca, where she got a certification in 2011. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 she followed three diploma courses in composition for symphonic band at the Arts Centers of San Agustín Etla and at the Music Creation Workshop of Oaxaca, where she attended classes with prominent composers like Juan Trigos, Hebert Vásquez, Mario Lavista, Georgina Derbez, Amando Luna, Ana Lara, and Marcela Rodríguez among others.

She is currently studying the Level II Master in Composition at the Milan Conservatory with five internationally renowned composers: Klaus Lang, Marco Stroppa, Georges Benjamin, Unsuk Chin and Alberto Posadas.

Some of her most important works are: Ambivalences,  for  string quartet, that was written in 2002 and premiered by Los Concertistas of Oaxaca during the Eduardo Mata Festival, and performed by Arcano String Quartet during the Manuel Enriquez International Forum of New Music in 2010; Nature in Three Movements, for  woodwind quintet, premiered in 2010 during the Humanitas festival by the Colombian Music Ensemble  Carivato; Fandango, for  brass quintet, that was performed by Eduardo Mata Brass Quintet, and directed by the renowned musician Faustino Díaz at the Painters Museum in December 2010. Hail Regina, for soprano and organ, premiered in 2010 during the 18th Festival Eduardo Mata by the soprano Lourdes Ambriz and the organist Eliseo Martinez at the Cathedral of Oaxaca; Gears, composed during the Composition Course for Symphonic Band and Solo Voice, and conducted by Juan Trigos. Albatross, for bass clarinet and percussions; this work was written for the May Festival, Women in Arts of Oaxaca City in 2012 and performed by Duplum Duet, comprised by Fernando Dominguez, clarinet, and Ivan Manzanilla, percussionist. Green Heart was composed during the Composition Course for Symphonic Band and Solo Voice at the Arts Center San Agustín Etla, this work was performed by the Symphonic Band of Oaxaca City in November 2013; Mirrors, for pierrot ensemble, commissioned by the 12th Eduardo Mata Festival, and premiered in November 2016 by the Canadian ensemble Paramirabo.

In July 2017, she completed her work La Espalda, a symphonic set of songs for tenor soprano and orchestra. The work is comprised by seven songs, four of them premiered by the Symphonic Orchestra of Oaxaca and prominent soloists like Orlando Pineda, Violeta Davalos, and Brenda Santiago and conducted by Gabriela Díaz Alatriste, Enrique Barrios and Eliseo Martinez at the Macedonio Alcalá Theater of Oaxaca.

In August 2018, she completed her work Cantata para un Héroe 8 Venado “Garra de Jaguar” Epopeya de un Rey Mixteco, written for soprano, mezzo soprano, baritone, symphonic band and mixed choir.

In 2019, she focused on composing four chamber works: Transfigured Landscape for mixed ensemble and electronic music, and Kaleidoscope, for string quartet, both works premiered at the 2020 Eduardo Mata Festival for virtual concert; Kaleidoscope in Three Perspectives, for flute trio, musical work performed by the Trio d'Argent at the Institut Culturel du Mexique in Paris, on the occasion of Latin America and the Caribbean Week 2021;  and Three miniatures, for soprano and piano 2019, a work performed by the soprano Pilar Flores in the Sala Xochipilli of the National School of Music of the UNAM.

In 2020, the Municipality of the City of Oaxaca de Juárez commissioned her a work for orchestra on the occasion of the anniversary of the city. Work completed and titled Hauxyacac 2020, awaiting release due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

In 2021, she composed Terracota, for viola solo, with the support of the Resiliencia Sonora Call of the UNAM and to be released soon. She also did a new version for flute, cello and marimba of Kaleidoscope in Three Perspectives, work performed by Syntax Ensemble in the Sala Puccine, Milan Conservatory.

Dora Vera has an extensive training in choir conducting that includes courses with prominent directors like Jorge Córdoba, Marco Antonio Ugalde, Alejandro León, Lilia Gábor, Peter Erdei, Katalin Kiss, Werner Pfaff, and Josep Prats. She also founded and directed the Axis Mundi Choir of the Autonomous University of Oaxaca which took part in national and international festivals, and recorded a full album, and two tracks to be included in anthologies of choir and instrumental music.


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