Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, 21V is a new professional ensemble of soprano and alto voices of all gender identities. Founded in 2021 by Dr. Martín Benvenuto, 21V explores a broad identity of contemporary American music by focusing on music of the 21st century of the 3 Americas, and challenges existing boundaries and assumptions – both artistically and socially. 21V aims to serve as a beacon for a new generation of treble music lovers, while at the same time inspire awareness and advocacy for underrepresented American continent perspectives.
A catalyst for change through a new choral sound, 21V is a select ensemble of soprano and alto voices of all gender identities that performs 21st century music of the Americas.
21V aims to be a ‘house of ideas’ that opens up unexplored spaces of artistic expression, and a ‘house of belonging’ that expands interconnectedness.
Vitality: fosters deep engagement with its singers and community through socially engaged programming
Vibrancy: brings to the forefront art music from North, Central, and South America written after the year 2000
Vanguard: stretches artistic boundaries and ignites innovation
Vocal: advances and advocates for gender inclusivity and racial justice in all its endeavors
Founder & Artistic Director
ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Martín Benvenuto (he/him) is one of the leading choir conductors in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Benvenuto is the Founder and Artistic Director of 21V, a Bay Area professional ensemble of soprano and alto voices of all gender identities with a focus on music of the 21st century of the Americas. He has served as Artistic Director of the Peninsula Women’s Chorus (PWC), WomenSing (WS), and the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus, has been on the faculty of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, and is active as a clinician, panelist, and guest conductor at home and abroad.
Recognized for his exacting technique, and a passion for drawing the finest choral tone, Benvenuto’s repertoire is extensive. He holds a D.M.A. in choral conducting from Boston University, master’s degrees from Westminster Choir College, and undergraduate degrees from the Universidad Católica Argentina.
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