ALMA BATISTA began her musical studies in her native country, Puerto Rico, with Alba Rosa Castro. At the
age of 15 she continued her piano studies with Cecilia Talavera at the Conservatorio de Música, de Puerto
Rico.  During the summers, Ms. Batista would study with Edith Oppens at the Aspen Music Festival and in
New York City.  In 1987, she moved to San Francisco, California to continue her music studies at the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Ms. Batista earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees from the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Paul Hersh and Mack McCray.

In 1996, Ms. Batista was awarded a Graduate Opportunity Fellowship to pursue her Doctor of Music Arts
degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  At UCSB, she studied with Paul Berkowitz and Dr.
Betty Oberacker.  Ms. Batista doctoral thesis, The Life of Puerto Rican Composer Narciso Figueroa, and
his Contributions to the Puerto Rican Danza is the first comprehensive study on the danzas of Puerto
Rican pianist and composer Narciso Figueroa.  Alma Batista received her Doctor of Music Arts degree in
2002.

Ms. Batista has appeared as a soloist with the Community Music Center orchestra of San Francisco under
the direction of Urs Leonhardt-Steiner.  She has presented piano solo, chamber music, and lecture recitals
at the City College of San Francisco, The Faulkner Gallery Series in Santa Barbara, Performances at Six
Concert Series in San Francisco, San Francisco Music Center Faculty Artists Series, Rossmore Concert
Series in Lafayette, White Barn Concert Series in St. Helena, the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico,
the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, the Museo de Arte de Ponce Concert Series, and Caribbean
University in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

Ms. Batista has performed at the Festival de Música Cubana at the Santa Clara University where she
premiered Cuban Danzones by Alejandro García Caturla.  She has also performed a solo piano recital at
the City of Riverside's first Classical Music Program, for which she was awarded City of Riverside's
Honoree of the Month Award.  Last year she performed a family concert for the Moreno Valley Cultural
Arts Foundation, in Moreno Valley, CA.

In 2013, Dr. Batista's Danza Romanza won first prize in the Contemporary Danza Category of the
Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (I.C.P.) Danza Composition Contest in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  

In 2014, her Danza Nostalgia received Honorary Mention at the Danza Composition Contest of the
Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In 2015, her danza Pensando en ti received Honorary Mention at the I.C.P. Danza Composition Contest,
and her Danza Criolla won fourth place at the Danza Composition Contest of the Municipality of San
Germán, Puerto Rico.

In 2016, her danza Tormento won first prize in the Contemporary Danza category of the Instituto de
Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Her Danza Romanza was published by the I.C.P. in the
volume Danzas Puertorriqueñas Ganadoras del Concurso de Composición del I.C.P. (2010-2015)
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