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Zárate Macias, Rosa Martha

Rosa Martha was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is a community and labor organizer, singer, and songwriter. She first migrated to the United States from Mexico in 1968. It is in the United States that she has successfully combined her rich musical talent with courageous leadership in championing the rights of the Mexican and Latino community in this country. She has given concerts, conferences, and workshops in community organizing and popular education in Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America, as well as in Europe, Africa, and the United States. In 1985 she was the cofounder of Libreria del Pueblo, Inc., and cofounder of Calpulli Project, both organizations that promote the empowerment of the Mexican/Latino low income and underserved immigrant population in Southern California. With such a strong commitment to building a new world order, her music is an echo of the hopes, struggles of the impoverished. She states, "I believe that Popular Organization is one of the essential elements needed by the Pueblo in order to exercise its own power of decision making and thus become agents of our own history and our own destiny." Rosa Martha actually lives in Colton, CA.

Zala, Elsie (b. 1925)

Elsie is a retired psychologist and an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, CA.

Zwozdesky, Willi (b. 1955)

Willi is a native of Alberta, Canada. He moved to Seattle, where he completed a Master of Music in choral conducting and a Master of Arts in music theory at the University of Washington in 1981. Following his move to Vancouver in that year, he established himself as a leader in the city’s cultural community, working in choral music, education, and musical theatre. At the core of Zwozdesky’s career are his choral and instrumental arrangements, many of which have appeared in concert programs and recordings across Canada, in the U.S., and abroad. In 1990 he established Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing, which focuses on his own and new Canadian work. He has been at the helm of the Vancouver Men’s Chorus since 1981, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the British Columbia Choral Federation. See more information about his works.

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Last updated on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

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