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.”
Manager, Operations and Patron Services
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.
Development Associate (Part-time)
Marketing & Communications Manager
Romanian-born pianist Andreea Muţ began her piano studies at the age of seven. She attended the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, Romania before graduating with a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from Sam Houston State University.
Ms. Muţ won over fifteen prizes in national and international competitions: 2nd prize at Pro Piano International Competition Bucharest, Romania (2004), 3rd prize at “Carl Filtsch” International Competition, Sibiu, Romania (2001), and 5th prize at “George Enescu” International Competition, Bucharest (1998), among others.
In addition, Ms. Muţ performed in numerous solo and chamber music recitals throughout Romania, France, Colombia, Mexico and the United States. In 2007 she made her debut at Romanian Athenee in Bucharest, Romania.
Between 2012 and 2014, she held the position of Head Repetiteur and Assistant Conductor at Opera in the Heights Houston. Recent engagements include performances with AURA – The Moores School of Music Contemporary Ensemble, and the Texas Two Year College All State Choir (San Antonio, 2015).
Andreea Muţ is currently studying with Timothy Hester at University of Houston, working towards her doctorate in Collaborative Arts.