Alice Gomez


Drawing on her multi-cultural background, Alice Gomez has become internationally recognized for her Latino and Native American influenced compositions. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas, a city rich in cultural diversity, playing the drums in her father’s Latin dance band. As a composer, her goal is to create works that capture the true spirit of ethnicity and communicate it in contemporary musical language. In creating new works, Gomez strives to preserve and promote the traditions of her own Latin culture, as well as those of the many other cultures that she has embraced. Gomez served as Composer-in-Residence with the award-winning San Antonio Symphony from 1993-96, creating new works to unite the symphony with the largely Hispanic community of San Antonio. She has had the opportunity to compose and arrange for various professional orchestras, bands, and soloists throughout the United States, including The Minnesota Orchestra, The Plymouth Symphony, Texas Lutheran University, Velvet Brown, Deanna Swoboda, Lauraine Carpenter, and the Southwest Guitar Festival. She has also received several ASCAP Composer’s Awards. Ms. Gomez is an Associate Professor of Music at San Antonio Community College where she teaches American Music History, Composition, Improvisation, Percussion Performance, and directs and arranges music for the Latin jazz ensemble. As a percussionist, she has performed professionally with a variety of musical groups including the San Antonio Early Music Ensemble, San Quilmas Consort, San Antonio Symphony, and is a sought-after marimba and steel drum player in the area. In addition to performing, she has lectured at many national conferences, and at several schools and universities throughout the United States. Her music is featured on several recordings on San Antonio’s Talking Taco and Iago labels, Crystal Records, and Silver Wave Records. Gomez?s music has also been featured regularly on several radio stations, as well as on television programs such as 20/20, and public television programs Heritage and ArtBeat.


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