The National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Choir, Staccato is made up of university students. It boasts a wide and diverse repertoire, focusing mainly on a cappella music from the 20th and 21st Centuries. The choir is constantly seeking out new, avant-garde pieces, in keeping with the University’s spirit of innovation.
In Mexico, the ensemble maintains an active presence in the University’s cultural life, while also performing in diverse concert venues and in cultural festivals throughout the country. In addition, Staccato has performed in multiple international festivals and competitions, including Universitas Cantat 2007 in Poznan, Poland; the 50th International Choral Festival 2007 in Jhilava, Czech Republic; America Cantat 2010 in Juiz de Fora, Brazil; the International Choir Festival Tonen2000 in Naaldwijk, Netherlands; the Rimini International Choral Competition 2012 in Rimini, Italy; the International Festival of Choir Song 2013 in Miedzyzdroje, Poland; Universitas Cantat 2013 in Poznan, Poland; the Bydgoszcz Musical Impressions Festival; and the International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition 2013 in Wernigerode, Germany.
In these competitions Staccato has won multiple awards of distinction, such as multiple gold and silver diplomas over the years and recently, the “Grand Prix” in the 2013 Musical Impressions Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2013. In addition to the festivals and competitions, Staccato has also performed in multiple cities in Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.
In 2016, Staccato was invited to make a concert tour in several cities in Germany in the context of the “Mexico-Germany Dual Year”. In 2018, Staccato was one of the choirs invited to the International Yale Choir Festival in Yale University, United States, also presenting concerts in New York and Washington. In 2019 Staccato performed the opera Don Giovanni for the Festival of the Historic Center of Mexico City, the opera “The Daughter of Rappaccini” for the Festival “The Aleph” of the UNAM and the opera “Le Grand Macabre” by György Ligeti. In another genre, it also presented the concert “Symphonic Beatles” together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the UNAM and it performed at the concerts that singer Björk presented in Mexico during her Cornucopia tour.