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Artistic Director

Caritas Vocal Ensemble is pleased to announce that Paolo Debuque will be our new artistic director beginning with the 2023-24 season.


Paolo Debuque is a Filipino/Chinese-American conductor, artistic director, and designer noted for his innovative programming and commitment to grassroots, community-centered art. Trained in conducting, voice, and piano, his engagements have included Head of Performing Arts at the International School of Minnesota (PS-12), Founding Artistic Director of Path to Peace, a weeklong choral festival for gun violence prevention, and Founding Artistic Director of A Thousand Tongues, a concert series dedicated to amplifying the voices of Asian-American/Pacific Islander artists.

Paolo currently serves as Chorus Master of the Dakota Valley Symphony and as Chancel Choir Director at Good Samaritan UMC in Edina. He studied music at Swarthmore College and earned the Masters in Choral Conducting at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, studying with Dr. Jerry Blackstone. Further conducting study includes fellowships and apprenticeships with Interlochen Center for the Arts, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Wintergreen Music Festival, Berkshire Choral International, Chorus America, and more.

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