B i o g r a p h y
A Houston native, Gonzalo A Ramos holds a Masters in Sacred Music from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor in Music from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. In addition, Gonzalo holds a Minor in Marketing and Business from the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston. Gonzalo is the Artistic Director of the Houston Cecilia Chamber Choir, serves as the Artistic Director for the Bravura Concert Series and Director of Music for Hispanic Liturgies at All Saints Catholic Church in the Heights, Houston, TX.
Gonzalo's compositions are performed in the greater Houston area. In October of 2005, he made his compositional debut with the Foundation of Modern Music in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center. His recent choral compositions include O Nome Glorioso, Luz, Nada te Turbe, Ave Verum Corpus, and Pax. Pax shared its international premiere at La Rochelle, France in June of 2017. In October 2019, The Houston Cecilia Chamber Choir will premier O Nome Glorioso. His Ave Maria for solo voice was premiered by Angelo Ferrari in April of 2016 and his Memorare for SATB and Piano was premiered by the Houston Cecilia Chamber Choir, under the direction of Kevin Klotz, on April 17th of 2015. Ramos continues to write music for choral ensembles, solo voice, and instrumental ensembles.
In August of 2019, Gonzalo was a recipient of the 2019 Motif Awards for Humanity and Fine Arts. The Motif awards showcase young music professionals that have made strategic and deliberate efforts to exceed the limits beyond the world of many challenges. In conjunction with his continuous community efforts, Gonzalo also received the award on behalf of The Houston Cecilia Chamber Choir.
In 2008 Gonzalo was awarded the International Study Program for Globalization Scholarship for studies in Salzburg, Austria’s Schloss Leopoldskron.
Ramos has worked as Assistant Music Director and Assistant Accompanist at HCC Central campus for several musical productions; Camelot, The World Goes Round, Tin Types, All Roads Lead to Oz, The 1940's Radio Hour, Smokey Joes Cafe, Gershwin and Friend's, School House Rock, I love you're perfect, now change!, West Side Story: Concert production, Baby, and more.
Gonzalo resides in the greater Houston area and appears as a tenor soloist for a diverse range of engagements; recently including Ralph Vaughn Williams' Serenade to Music, Bach's Magnificat, Howard Goodall’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Missa Brevis. He has enjoyed working with the Houston Choral Society, the Houston Cecilia Chamber Chorus, The Archdiocesan Choir Galveston-Houston and Coro Gloria Dei. In addition, Gonzalo cantors for the Catholic community of Houston. Recently, Ramos has cantored for Chrism Mass, The Ordination to Priesthood, The Ordination to the Diaconate, The 25th Silver Jubille Mass, and The 50th Golden Jubilee Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Gonzalo sat on the 2018-2019 Southwest Liturgical Conference Committee, and assists in leading formation workshops for the Diocese in and outside of the greater Houston area. Gonzalo currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Literary Arts.
All Saints Catholic Church has a history of providing free admission concerts to the Houston community. Concerts at All Saints began with the creation of a Neighborhood Choral Concert Series which has now established a firm foundation as the Bravura Concert Series. Bravura allows families and friends to enjoy an evening of culture while experiencing comfort, excitement, laughter, and reflection through music. A desserts reception is held after concerts in an effort to provide an opportunity for guest to meet the performers. Bravura is implemented as a ministry at All Saints that is powered to provide access to the arts without charging admission. Bravura is fully funded through the collection of free will offerings and patron donations. All donations and sponsorships are an essential medium that secures the future and successful foundation of Bravura.
About Houston Cecilia Chamber Choir
Our mission is to embrace the cultural beauty and future of choral music. Houston Cecilia seeks to engage audiences through shared experiences of sound, texture, and color while actively seeking opportunities for community outreach. Since its beginning in 2010 under founding-director Justin Smith, Houston Cecilia has been establishing a tradition of high-quality, innovative choral performances. In August of 2019, Houston Cecilia was a recipient of the Motif Awards for Humanity and Fine Arts. The Motif awards showcase young music professionals that have made strategic and deliberate efforts to exceed the limits beyond the world of many challenges. In October of 2011, Houston Cecilia performed the premiere of University of Houston composer Michael Bryson’s A Time and Season. In May of 2012, the choir collaborated with VOX and the HSPVA Treble Choir in two highly-acclaimed performances of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, the first time the piece had been performed in Houston. In May of 2014, Cecilia premiered a new choral arrangement of Triptych by Houston composer Ann Gebuhr. Houston Cecilia continues to support local Houston composers in premiering new and invigorating choral works of the 21st century.
Gonzalo Ramos speaks with Larry Massey on Houston Alive podcast