Vicente Emilio Sojo (1887--1974) By Tovar, Roberta Ojeda
Vicente Emilio Sojo was born in Guatire, Miranda State, on December 8, 1887, the son of Francisco Reverón and Luisa Sojo. Self-taught composer, conductor, choirmaster and pedagogue, he was also the most influential figure of the first half of the Venezuelan twentieth century. In 1896, he undertook his first music studies with Henrique León (1854-1895) and Régulo Rico (1878-1960). While studying and performing, Sojo had to work as tobacco maker and house painter due to his economic circumstances.
In 1906 Sojo was relocated to Caracas, and in 1909 he auditioned for the School of Music and Declamation (today José Angel Lamas Music School) where he studied solfège, music theory, harmony, composition and cello with Ignacio Bustamante (?–1921), Andrés Delgado Pardo (1870-1940) and Eduardo Richter (1874–1912), respectively. In the meantime, he acted as Choirmaster for the San Francisco Chapel and the Caracas Cathedral. In 1921 he started his teaching activities at the School of Music and Declamation, where he was later appointed as Headmaster in 1936, a position he held until 1964.