Juan Hernández, a native of Bogotá, Colombia, studied piano, violin and clarinet as a child and participated in numerous instrumental ensembles. He studied Choral Conducting at Los Andes University in Bogotá as an undergraduate, during which time he founded several choirs with the specific goal of interpreting music of all eras and genres. With his ensemble “Bocca Chiusa Grupo Vocal,”, which focused on folk music from South America, he participated in the third annual Choir Olympic Games in Bremen, Germany in 2004. Two years later, in 2006, he founded the choir “Voices Out,” which performed popular music from various nations around the world. During 2008-2009 he was conductor of the choirs that performed with the Youth Symphonic Orchestra Foundation, a year in which he also began cello studies. In 2009, Hernández founded “Scherzo,” which performed Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Officium Defunctorum. At Indiana University, he is completing his DMA in Choral Conducting and has conducted and led the All-Campus Singers and conducted the University Singers.