I value my time at NEC as the most creative period of my formative years. Being exposed to a repertoire that as a student would be practically impossible to access on a weekly basis in a different conservatory without a doubt gives you skills as a conductor that I’ve never stopped using. I remember one particular week, when I was a second-year master's student, that I conducted Hindemith Symphony in B-flat, Lutoslawski Chain 1, and assisted the choir on the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. I conducted this repertoire in less than 48 hours!!! If it wasn’t for the caliber of talent of my colleagues and the advice of my mentor Charles Peltz who is always advocating and nurturing collaborations outside the studio, things would be really different. From Mozart to Schuller there are endless possibilities to hone your rehearsal skills, and go deep on the stylistic traits of every single period in music
The Wind Ensemble Conducting studio is a laboratory of high experimentation at the highest musical level possible.
Lina Gonzalez-Granados completed New England Conservatory's Master of Music degree in Wind Ensemble Conducting in 2014, and Graduate Diploma in Choral Conducting in 2015.
She is founder and artistic director of Unitas Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra specializing in Lagin American repertoire. This work earned her recognition as one of the "Latino 30 under 30" by El Mundo newspaper in 2016. The group's debut album has been recorded and is scheduled for 2017 release.
Other conducting engagements include Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the United States as assistant conductor on their tour of Latin America in summer 2017.