For close to twenty-five years, Lorenzo Martinez has overseen the development, marketing, and communications departments for a number of non-profit organizations, among them, Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), for which he served as Vice President of External Affairs. He has represented these organizations at national and international conferences and has been a lecturer at several New York institutions such as New York University, the New School, York College of the City University of New York and the 92nd Street Y. Lorenzo Martinez holds a master’s in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has appeared as a pianist on radio and television.
Hailing from Cuba, Martinez has written a book recounting his participation in an airlift that brought more than 14,000 children to this country to escape Castro’s regime. Described as “a tour de force” and “reads like a symphony,” Cuba, Adios is a poignant story of a boy who leaves family and his musical studies behind in search of political and personal freedom.
Commenting on his new position as Executive Director of the Houston Chamber Choir, Martinez said, “I’m thrilled to have joined an organization that is synonymous with the highest standards in vocal chamber music. I can’t wait to see the Choir reach new heights and claim the successful future that is rightfully theirs.”
Marketing & Communications Manager
George Heathco is the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Houston Chamber Choir. George received a B.M. in music business and an M.M. in composition from the University of Houston. He has taught guitar and music theory privately in the Houston area for over a decade, regularly served as a faculty member of American Festival for the Arts, has taught numerous classes at the University of Houston and Lonestar College, and is a contributing writer for the contemporary music web magazine I Care If You Listen. He is also the Co-Artistic Director and guitarist for Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble, a Houston-based ensemble founded by George and percussionist Luke Hubley.
George has composed music for Da Camera of Houston, Divergence Vocal Theater, HGOco, Ornery Theatre, Scordatura Music Society, The University of Houston’s AURA Contemporary Ensemble, The Moores School of Music Jazz Orchestra, ReGifting Lions, and contributed string arrangements for singer/songwriter Chris Telfer’s MATTOO E.P.. His music has also been programmed by Musiqa, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and Forecast Music. He was a member of the 2010-2011 Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program, and in 2011 was the graduate division winner of the Sarofim Composition Contest at the University of Houston.
Patron Services Coordinator
Brad Goertz is the Patron Services Coordinator for the Houston Chamber Choir. Mr. Goertz graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston in Human Resource Development, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Science in the same field at U of H. He has a strong performance background in both musical theater and choral singing, as well as interests in foreign languages, I.T., and photography.
Daryl Robinson, organist, has earned critical acclaim as a solo and collaborative artist, praised for his innovative programming, compelling performances, and unique depth of interpretative skill. He received First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2012 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. Already a seasoned performer, Robinson has appeared as a featured artist at notable venues that include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and Lagerquist Hall at Pacific Lutheran University. For four years he served as Collaborative Keyboard Artist for the internationally-acclaimed University of Houston Moores School Concert Chorale. Committed to maintaining an active career as a collaborative musician, in recent seasons he has performed with Ars Lyrica Houston, the Houston Symphony, the Houston Chamber Choir, Mercury Baroque and the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Orchestra. A native of Houston, Robinson holds a Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and a Bachelor of Music from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, studying with Ken Cowan and Robert Bates, respectively. His debut solo album, Sempre Organo, was released in 2013 on the ProOrgano Records label and quickly garnered a five-star rating from the London-based Choir and Organ Magazine. Mr. Robinson serves as Organist and Artist-in-Residence for South Main Baptist Church in Houston. Mr. Robinson is represented as a recitalist by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.