Carla Canales

Founder, CEO, Artistic Director

Carla Canales is an internationally known opera singer who has also established herself as a leader in the area of using the arts to advance important social issues. She is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Turnaround Arts Program, was selected by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of its 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015 and won the Medal of Excellence from the Sphinx Organization. In each case, she was the first opera singer ever to receive the honor. As a singer she has received worldwide acclaim, and is best known for her portrayals of Bizet’s “Carmen” which she has performed over 80 times in a dozen countries. She has performed as a soloist at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and top international venues in Europe, Asia and Latin America. She is the founder and CEO of The Canales Project, aimed at giving voice to issues of Identity and culture through music and conversation.

Joshua Cerdenia Pangilinan

Artistic Coordinator

Joshua, known professionally as Joshua Cerdenia, is an internationally performed composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music currently based in New York City. His work covers a wide range of styles and expressive terrain, from "graceful melancholy" (Star Tribune), to works that unfold "like the nascent radiance of a rising sun" (The Straits Times), as well as music that "pretty much explodes at the end" (The New York Times). An alumnus of The Juilliard School, he has worked with a growing number of ensembles of repute, such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra, among others. When not composing, he helps run The Canales Project.


Communications Associate

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Active as a composer and performer, Molly Joyce’s music has been described as “impassioned” (The Washington Post), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “vibrant, inventive music that communicates straight from the heart” (Prufrock’s Dilemma). Her works have been commissioned and performed by several distinguished ensembles including the New World Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the New Juilliard, Decoda, andContemporaneous ensembles. Additionally, her work has been performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon and VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival, and featured in outlets such as Pitchfork, WNYC’s New Sounds, Q2 Music, I Care If You Listen, and The Log Journal.

As a performer, Molly often plays on her vintage Magnus toy organ, an instrument she bought on eBay and has performed on in multiple capacities; including solo, with toy piano, and with a beatboxer. She is additionally active as a DJ, spinning under the moniker “DJ MJ.”

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Executive Assistant

Beth Sharp joins TCP as the Executive Assistant to our founder Carla Dirlikov Canales. Beth has worked in administrative roles for the past ten years, and finds enjoyment in helping people and organizations be successful. Her most recent position was with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities where she helped promote using the power of the arts and humanities to contribute to the vibrancy of our society and the education of our children. Originally from California, Beth holds a B.A. in History & Philosophy from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles. When she is not working she enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband Mike & their Corgi, Trixie.