Artistic Directors

The board of directors and members of MSOC are extremely proud to have Artistic Directors of such talent and accomplishment.

Dr. Carolina Flores
Chorale Artistic Director

Carolina Flores grew up in Zaragoza, Spain, a city with a long history of musical traditions. There she learned how to play the organ and also attended the Superior Conservatory of Music obtaining a degree in piano pedagogy. She was fortunate to have had the opportunity to sing with a choir lead by a remarkable conductor, who influenced her life in many ways, although she would only realize the extent many, many years later. Dr. Flores continued her piano pedagogy studies at the Royal Superior Conservatory of Music in Madrid, and after that, moved to New York City, where she earned her Bachelor and Master degrees in piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music. During those years in the city, she obtained jobs as organist and choir director at several churches. After graduation, she continued performing solo recitals and chamber music, teaching, and directing church choirs. Dr. Flores enjoyed working with choirs so much that it made her reconsider her career, leading to her decision to pursue a doctorate in choral conducting at the Hartt School. She has served in many capacities at the Connecticut chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (CT-ACDA) including as president from 2013 to 2015, and has lead choral tours in Italy, Spain, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

Currently, Dr. Flores is a Professor of Music at Manchester Community College, CT, where she teaches a wide variety of courses in the nationally accredited music program. In addition to this position at MCC, she is the Director of Music and Choirmaster at St. Theresa R.C. Church in Trumbull, CT, and a frequent lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician. Before teaching at MCC, she taught at The Hartt School, University of Rhode Island, and Notre Dame High School (West Haven). Dr. Flores was awarded the 2015 Excellence of Teaching Award at MCC and the national 2016 NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award.

For the 2018/19 Season we will have two guest conductors leading our orchestra… 

Orlando Cela

Orlando Cela is committed to engaging audiences with lively performances that open new worlds of experience. The Venezuelan-born conductor recently received the American Prize for conducting in the youth orchestra division, and the Vytautas Marijosius Prize for orchestral programming. He also received second place in the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award of the American Prize – for excellence in the performance of American music. He also won second place in the London Classical Soloists Conducting Competition for his performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies 7 and 8, in 2017.

Guest appearances include performances with the London Classical Soloists (London, UK), New Music Brandeis, (MA), Marquette Symphony Orchestra (MI), the Randolph College Chamber Orchestra and Chorus (VA), UMass-Dartmouth Choruses, the Scituate Choral Arts Society (MA), and others. He has been invited to conduct and lecture at Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival (UK), the Central Conservatory of Music and Shanghai Normal University (China), Northern Michigan University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, etc.

Being an advocate of new music, Mr. Cela regularly offers short lively introductions to selected works, providing audiences with entry points into unfamiliar works. He has conducted premieres by Bernhard Lang, Renée Baker, Kaija Saariaho, Armando Bayolo, Ralph Shapey, Liza Lim, Anna Clyne, Bongani Ndodana-Breen, Andy Akiho, Alwynne Pritchard, Rebecca Saunders, and many others.

Orlando serves as the Music Director of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the North Carolina Governor’s School. He also teaches conducting at Berklee College of Music, and at Middlesex Community College, where he teaches a number of music related courses.

Luca Antonucci

Luca Antonucci brings dynamism and incisive musicianship to performances throughout New England as a conductor, vocalist, and trumpeter. A native of Watertown, MA, Mr. Antonucci holds a B.A. from Amherst College, and an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the Hartt School, where he studied with Edward Cumming and Glen Adsit.

He has appeared throughout the US and Europe in masterclasses with faculty including Paul Vermel, Donald Portnoy, Peter Jaffe, Diane Wittry, Mark Shapiro, and Neil Varon. Mr. Antonucci’s scholarly work has been published in the Journal of the Arnold Schönberg Center, and he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 2015 to pursue research on Arnold Schönberg at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna, Austria.

As a conductor, his recent appearances include Orchestra Without Borders Boston, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, the Zamir Chorale of Boston, and the Pioneer Valley Symphony, where he was Assistant Conductor through 2018.

A passionate educator and advocate for community music-making, Mr. Antonucci currently holds positions as Middle and Upper School Band Director at the Brimmer and May School and Music Director of the First Parish of Cohasset; he has also served as Conductor of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra and is the founding director of the Brookline Chamber Singers, in Brookline, MA. During the summers, he is a member of the faculty of the Rivers School Conservatory Summer Music Program, in Weston, MA, where he teaches Theory, coaches chamber music, and directs the Wind Ensemble.

Past Conductors of the MSOC