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Biography
RUBEN VALENZUELA, Conductor & Musicologist
Mr Valenzuela is the Founder and Music Director of the Bach Collegium San Diego.  He has led the ensemble in diverse programs encompassing the music of the Renaissance, early and high Baroque, through music of the early Classical era.  Under his artistic direction, the Bach Collegium San Diego has given highly acclaimed premiers of historically informed performances in the San Diego music community that include Handel’s Messiah  and  Theodora, Bach’s St John PassionB minor Mass, and numerous Cantatas, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, and staged performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.  He has led the Bach Collegium San Diego ensemble on several international tours to the Festival Internacional del Órgano Barroco in Mexico City, and most recently toured with the ensemble to Bolivia to the IX Internacional de Música Renacentista y Barroca ‘Misiones de Chiquitos’.
 In 2009 he appeared as guest conductor with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra in performances of Haydn's Creation marking the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death, and recently coached, and directed the USC Baroque Sinfonia in performances of Handel's Dixit Dominus.  Additionally, he regularly works with many of this country's leading early music specialists.  As a musicologist, he has conducted research at the Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Musical, Carlos Chavez (CENEDIM), with a particular focus on the Libro que contiene onze partidos del Dr. Joseph de Torres that forms part of the Sanchez Garza collection.  At present, he is pursuing dissertation research at the Archivo del Cabildo of Mexico City Cathedral in the area of the basso continuo at Mexico City Cathedral (1650–1750). He is currently a PhD candidate in Musicology at Claremont Graduate University and is the Director of Music & Organist of St Peter's Episcopal Church, Del Mar. 
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