Ariel Quintana, DMA.
Director of Choral Studies


  • DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Southern California.
  • MM in Piano Performance from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires.
  • BM in Music Education and a specialty in Piano at Universidad Adventista del Plata.

Ariel Quintana was born in Libertador San Martin, Entre Rios, Argentina. Started playing piano at the age of 3. By the time he was in kindergarten, he was playing the piano at school to accompany his classmates in singing. Ariel Quintana finished High School and graduated from the Universidad Adventista del Plata with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a specialty in piano performance, where he also served as arranger and composer for the University Vocal Ensemble. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Music, in Piano Performance from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires.

His list of teachers and mentors includes Estrella Gregorio Steger, Perla Brugola, Julio Fainguersh, Valdo Sciammarella, Waldemar Wensell, John Perry and Paul Salamunovich. He also studied choral conducting with John Alexander at California State University Northridge. In 1988, he married mezzo-soprano Helene Urigu, and they moved to Glendale, California. Soon after moving to the United States, Ariel founded the Opus 7 Chamber Singers with a group of friends from Argentina.

They met new friends and made three European tours: in 1994, 1995, and 1997. They sung with conductor Lalo Schifrin at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and were invited by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez for the first anniversary concert of the September 11 events at the Hollywood Bowl. In 1996 he joined the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the direction of Paul Salamunovich, who conducted some of Ariel’s arrangements and premiered his “Hodie Christus Natus Est” in December 2000. This piece was also performed at Avery Fisher Hall during the National Convention of the ACDA in New York in February of 2003. It is written for double chorus a capella and published by Alliance Music Publishing.

In 2005 Santa Barbara Publishing released his “Ave verum Corpus” that was premiered by the Cathedral Choir of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood under Ariel Quintana their conductor. Other of Ariel’s compositions have been published by Pavane Publishing, Augsburg Fortress and Fred Bock Music Publishing. His “Mass From Two Worlds” a self-published work, is distributed by PanaMusica Japan. From 2006 to 2010 he was Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and has conducted the Chamber Singers as well as the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall. He has also prepared the chorus for conductors such as John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel.

Currently, he is the Choir Conductor at Loma Linda University Church and the Associate Minister of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. He was also Adjunct Professor at California State San Bernardino and at Azusa Pacific University. Ariel has graduated with a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California in Choral Conducting where he studied under Dr. William Dehning, Dr. Morten Lauridsen and Dr. David Wilson. He was newly appointed Director of Choral Studies at La Sierra University. He continues to write commissions and serves as a clinician and adjudicator in choral festivals and workshops. 

Phone: (951) 785-2063