Pablo Sosa
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Pablo Sosa was born in Chivilcoy, in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1933. In 1945, his family moved into the city of Buenos Aires, where Pablo was introduced to music through the Methodist Mission located in the la Boca district and at the Protestant School of Theology (today ISEDET). It was at the latter that he carried out more systematic studies with Eduardo Carambula, and later the pianist Norberto Grosso.

In 1952, Pablo began his studies at the School of Theology. At the same time he was made choir director for the institution. From that time on he would direct choirs, without interruption, for the next fifty-one years. His academic musical formation took place in the United States (Westminster Choir College, Princeton, 1957), Germany (Hochschule fur Musik, Berlin, 1963), and again in the United States (School of Sacred Music, Union Theological Seminary, New York City, 1972).

In 1957, Pablo became a professor at the Protestant School of Theology and a short time later was ordained a Methodist minister. His first song, El cielo canta alegria, comes from this period and is a pioneer in Latin American folclorico-style religious music. At the same time, he undertook the task of editing the hymnal Cantica Nuevo (1960) and promoted the foundation of the institution's School of Music, which became a reality under his direction in 1962.

During the 1970s, Pablo began to dedicate himself fully to the composition and dissemination of new music for the Church, reaffirming his early insight from 1957 to express the message of the gospel in terms of the local culture. It was thus that he undertook, under the auspices of ISEDET, the publication of Candionero Abierto (1974), whose songs would go on to become the heart of a new repertoire used in the majority of the historical Protestant churches. In this same period (1972), he founded the "Musica para Todos" (Music for All) Choir, which gave rise to a new dynamic for approaching music, including the relationship between sacred and secular music.

In 1975, Pablo was made Professor of Choral Conducting at the Carlos Lopez Buchardo National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, a position he still holds. The following year he began a new endeavor when he joined the Department of Communications at ISEDET, where, alongside his usual musical activities, he coordinated the production of the radio program "Cristo Vive" (Christ Lives) and nperformed various other tasks relating to Christian communications in general. During this same period, he also began his work in the field of liturgy, the place where music and theology meet, and since then he has served as a liturgical animator in assemblies and at meetings on the national, international, and ecumenical levels, while teaching related subjects in his courses at ISEDET.

Pablo Sosa's songs have been translated into various languages and included in numerous hymnals and songbooks.

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