History

It was founded on April 30, 1966, at the city of Panama by Mstro. Arnold Walters (r.i.p.) who, from the outset, got as mission to dedicate exclusively to the performance of polyphonic choral art.

After Mstro. Walters' death, Mstro. Alejandro "Alexis" Castillo took charge till 1997, and Mstra. Electra Castillo (her daughter and pupil of Mstro. Walter) is presetnly its director.

During all these years, this non-profit institution has carried out more than 40 performances per year to the full extent of the Republic (churches, primary and secondary schools, communal centers, parks, hospitals, asylums, etc.).

The Coro Polifonico de Panama has successfully participated in several festivals and concerts as guest of the most renowned musical institutions of our country, namely:

Has participated in recitals with chamber ensembles like Clarinón, Ars Bronce, Apollo, Aldacapo, among others.

It is important to mention that, also, one of the greatest contributions of the Coro Polifónico de Panamá to the musical culture of our country has been to commission polyphonic choral masterpieces of which melodic sources are based on our folkloristic culture, besides its vast repertoire from all genres, such as: Gregorian chant, motets, madrigals, masses, cantatas, oratorios, etc.

To an international level, the Coro Polifonico de Panamá participated at the Pan-American Festival of Culture in Colombia (1971); twice at the Zimriya, World Assembly of Choirs, in Israel (1986 & 1995); two Papal Audiences in Rome (1986 & 1995); at the United Nations' "Dag Hammarskjöld" Auditorium, occasion in which the Choir was awarded with the International Year of Peace Medal (1986); XIV Festival Internacional Coral de Música Sacra, Pamplona, Colombia (2016).

As a matter of fact, the Choir has organized concerts and hosted international choirs from countries such as: USA, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico.

The Coro Polifónico is a versatile group that besides the national orchestras and instrumental ensembles has performed with ensembles such as the Marichis de Panamá, the Argentinian ensemble Opus Cuatro, the Escolanía del Escorial boys choir from Spain, The Belle Voci Cantanti from Barbados, and also participating at the recording of 'Peras en el Huerto' (Pears in the Orchard) CD, first Panamanian musical relating St. Augustin's life. Furthermore, has recently participated at performances of operas, such as Rigoletto, Turandot, Aida, and Madama Butterfly.

In addition, the Coro Polifónico is in charge, along with the Symphony Orchestra, to perform during the Official Te Deum (Thanksgiving) Service each November 3rd (Separation of Panama from Colombia) in presence of the President and his/her State Cabinet.

At present, the Coro Polifónico de Panamá is part of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), the Federation of Choirs of Central America and the Caribbean (FCCC, in Spanish), and the Central American Choral Association (ACCA, in Spanish). It is also adscripted to the Instituto Nacional de Cultura - INAC (National Institute of Culture).

In July 2007 organized the 4th International Choral Festival "The Caribbean and Central America Sing", festival owned by the FCCC, which had workshops by international lecturers for choir members and for conductors, and was a total success.

In recent years, it has begun to renew and strengthen its image, redrawing the Choir's mission and setting a new vision which will lead to the establishment of new goals and objectives, benefiting the national culture and choral art.

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