For about 10 years, I have partnered with Neftali Valiente in a music education program in El Salvador. This program includes participating in liturgy, music lessons, and music camps or retreats by both local and visiting musicians and church groups. We have worked with more than 25 young people, none of whom have joined a gang, and most of whom are going to college–including one who is graduating as a medical doctor!
We have decided to expand this program in El Salvador to a couple more locations. There we will provide faith-based music education, grounded in the virtues and the Gospel of Peace. We will intentionally instill a culture of nonviolence and generosity in our children, encouraging them to be kind with others and not to withhold their talents and resources.
We want to help the current immigration crisis by providing opportunities in El Salvador. Our passion is to create programs in El Salvador to empower our people so they do NOT have to leave their country. In the upcoming days, I will share with you about forming young people in El Salvador in the arts, music, and a culture of peace.
Please contact me if you would like to hear about ways you can help us alleviate the immigrant crisis by reaching children through music and the Gospel.
Thank you for your help and goodwill as you help immigrants in the USA. Please continue to do so as God enables you to alleviate suffering here at our borders.
Thanks to Rebecca Replogle for a great performance of my concert Requiem, “Las Lamentaciones de Rufina Amaya” on June 9 with Treasure Valley Community College Choirs and Treasure Valley Chorale; Rebecca Replogle, director.
” I am so happy to report that our presentation of your Requiem last Friday on concert was so well received by our audience. And you now have a town full of “fans” here in the Treasure Valley (eastern Oregon / west Idaho) among the musicians who made up our choir and chamber orchestra. Thank you again for sharing this wonderful music with me so that I could share it with this community.”
Carlos Colón is a composer, liturgist, and cultural promoter, specializing in music that is both academically serious and ecclesiastically valuable. His recent projects lie at the intersection of social justice and religious change.
Carlos Colón was born in Chalchuapa, El Salvador. When he was 14, he was forced to leave El Salvador and took refuge in Guatemala City. A resident of the United States since 1986, he holds a B.M. from Belmont University and a M.M. from Baylor University. He became a U.S. citizen in 2001.
His music has been performed in festivals in the United States and abroad. Recently, his music has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Venezuela National Radio, the Calvin Worship Symposium, and the Festival de Música Contemporánea of El Salvador. His music has also received acclaim in England, Cuba and other countries.
Colón’s international heritage and personal experience of civil war inform his compositions’ calls to justice, peace, and beauty. Las Lamentaciones de Rufina Amaya, a requiem in memory of the victims of El Mozote (where the Salvadorian army massacred 800 peasants in 1981*), was premiered at Baylor University’s Armstrong Browning Library in 2008. It has also been performed in Dallas by the Texas Voices; in El Salvador by the choir of the National Opera; and in Grand Rapids by the Choral Scholars.
Obertura Para Un Mártir,** a work commemorating slain Archbishop Oscar Romero, was commissioned by the President and First Lady of El Salvador and premiered there in 2010.
Colón and his family reside in Waco, TX