Nythia Martinez

Nythia Martinez has had the privilege of being choral and musical theater director at Northside College Preparatory High School since 2004 and choral director/department chair at Walter Payton College Preparatory High School since 2020. Nythia is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, where she earned a Master’s of Vocal Performance in 2004, and both a Bachelor’s of Vocal Performance (BM) and Music Education (BME) in 2002.  Notable performances/accolades include: sharing the stage with acclaimed jazz pianist Fred Hersch in Bloomington’s premiere of his work, Leaves of Grass; being a finalist in the Carnegie Hall / Dianne Reeves Workshop for Jazz Vocalists; appeared with the Barber Brothers Quintet at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; was a Chicago Music Award Nominee in the category of “Best Female Vocalist”, and has worked as vocalist of the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE) since 2006.  Most recently, Nythia was a featured artist at the 2019 Chicago Latin Jazz Festival sponsored by the Jazz Institute of Chicago, was a soloist with Javier Mendoza and the Chicago Arts Orchestra, and has performed, along with her students, with the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra.  Nythia is thrilled to perform this very special concert celebrating the music of México with the Newberry Consort for its encore presentation!