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2017/2018 Tour Venues The Desert Chorale has the privilege of performing in some of the most beautiful and historic venues in the Southwest that provide the acoustic quality needed for excellent choral performances. While many of the venues, and much of the music we sing represents specific religious or cultural traditions, we celebrate the diversity of faith, thought, artistry, and human experiences in all spaces. We hope that this shared musical experience transcends and binds the audience, as we seek to be inspired by the power of great choral music.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

127 NW 7th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Free parking available across 7th street.

Renzo Piano Pavilion

Kimbell Art Museum 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Free parking available in the garage under the Piano Pavilion, accessible off Van Cliburn Way adjacent to the East Parking Lot of the Kahn Building. Also available in the Kimbell East Visitor Lot at Van Cliburn Way and Darnell Street. Street Parking available on Van Cliburn Way.

Highland Park United Methodist Church 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205

Free parking is available behind the Sanctuary and paid parking below Meadows Museum at the corner of Bishop and Schlegel.

Cristo Rey Church 1120 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Parking available in the private lot at the church. Limited street parking is available on Canyon Road. City of Santa Fe parking meters do not run after 6:00pm.

Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater 205 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Parking available in the Millennium Park Garage on Columbus Drive (no free parking available).

First United Methodist Church 500 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

Parking available off of Green Street behind the church. Green is a one-way, east-bound street; approach from Los Robles Avenue. Overflow parking is available in the Kaiser parking lot south of the church parking lot – also accessible from Green Street.

Special Needs and Requests

Our facilities are ADA compliant, and accommodate those with special needs and physical challenges. Please contact our Box Office at (505) 988-2282 or at boxoffice@desertchorale. org to reserve a wheelchair location, or for other special needs. While at the concert, our ushers are available to assist you. A limited number of large-type text and translation inserts are available at each concert.

Lost and Found Santa Fe Desert Chorale performing at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM Photo: Chelsea Call 2 WWW.DESERTCHORALE.ORG

Any items found at the concert will be available in our offices for one month following each season, then donated to charity. Please contact us if you’ve lost something at (505) 988-2282.

Joshua Habermann | Artistic Director


Santa Fe Desert Chorale, conductor Joshua Habermann, and pianist Jeff Lankov pictured in the Renzo Piano Pavilion, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, October 2017. Photo: Sean Johnson

SPONSORS The Santa Fe Desert Chorale receives generous support from the CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, National Endowment for the Arts, New Mexico Arts, New Mexico Humanities Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers Tax, Santa Fe New Mexican, and other individuals, corporations, and foundations. For a full list of donors, please see page 30.

The Road Home CD released by Avie Records.

2017/2018 Tour Venues About the Desert Chorale Welcome from the Executive Director Board of Directors, Staff, and Artistic Services The Road Home Concert Repertoire Program Note 3rd Annual Santa Fe Sings! Texts and Translations Joshua Habermann, Biography Vocalists’ Biographies Artistic Collaborators Arrangers and Composers The Road Home Patrons Donor Honor Roll Ambassadors and Special Thanks Community Engagement 2018 Summer Festival

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SANTA FE DESERT CHORALE Mission Statement The mission of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, one of the nation’s premier professional vocal ensembles, is to excite, engage, and inspire diverse audiences with the beauty and power of great choral music.

THE SANTA FE DESERT CHORALE 311 East Palace Avenue Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505) 988-2282 Cover: ©Thomas Fikar, Yellow and golden aspens framing the high road to Taos, NM



Santa Fe Desert Chorale pictured during performance of the American Voices Tour at Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX in 2017.

Photo: Sean Johnson

ABOUT THE SANTA FE DESERT CHORALE Founded in 1982 by Lawrence “Larry” Bandfield, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale is one of the longest continually performing professional music organizations in New Mexico, as well as one of the most distinguished. In his review of the “American Voices” program, Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News wrote “The variety certainly displayed the ensemble’s impressive versatility. Habermann consistently got vivid performances, introspective music elegantly colored and shaped, extrovert fare delivered with great pizzazz. Individual singers got lots of solo exposure.” Now in his tenth season, Artistic Director Joshua Habermann leads the Chorale in repertoire spanning seven centuries, from early polyphony to contemporary works. The composition of the Chorale is truly national in scope and the ensemble is recognized among the finest American chamber choirs. A recent highlight was an invitational appearance at the 2015 American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Utah, which was later broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio. In 2017-2018 the Chorale can be heard in Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and Oklahoma City as well as in regular winter and summer seasons in New Mexico. Now in its 36th year, the Desert Chorale summer festival season is a centerpiece of the cultural life of Santa Fe, and among the nation’s most significant choral events. Throughout its history, the Chorale has maintained a commitment to give voice to music from Hispanic and Native American communities. Dedicated to advancing the composers of our time, the Chorale has commissioned 22 works by 18 composers; three-quarters of the composers commissioned have been American. In addition, another seven works have been given their world or American premieres by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. The ensemble performs at historical sites in Santa Fe such as the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Loretto Chapel, as well as other venues throughout the Southwest. The Desert Chorale prides itself on its strong relationships within the community of Northern New Mexico, and enjoys collaborations with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, New Mexico History Museum, NDI-NM, Performance Santa Fe, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus, and The Santa Fe Opera, among others. Community engagement, and fostering the next generation of singers and arts administrators are integral parts of the Desert Chorale’s mission.



Executive Director Photo: Steve Sherman

Every year, thousands of audience members enjoy the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s concert presentations throughout New Mexico, programmed and led by Artistic Director Joshua Habermann. The 2017 winter festival opened on December 16th with a series of performances in historic venues throughout Albuquerque, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe. Our summer festival is the longest choral festival in the nation and occurs each year in July and August. We welcome audience members, not only from the Land of Enchantment, but also from throughout the Southwest and the nation at-large.

characterized “as stunning singing…incredible power” to major American cities. We took this good news from Santa Fe on an unprecedented tour to Dallas, Fort Worth, and Oklahoma City in 2017, and will follow in 2018 by invitational appearances at the American Choral Directors Association Regional Conferences in Chicago and Los Angeles. Audiences worldwide will be introduced to the Chorale through our first-ever commercial recording, created in Dallas, released on the London-based AVIE label, launched in Santa Fe in February 2018, and distributed by NAXOS in both compact disc and digital formats.

Over the past three years, we have extended our roots deeply into the community through our Community Engagement program. In particular, I would draw your attention to our annual community sing which brings together avocational singers throughout New Mexico for a day of fellowship and joyful music-making under the leadership of Joshua Habermann. I also encourage you to note our 2017 program, “Giving Voice to the Voiceless,” a two-pronged program that was developed in partnership with the Voces de Libertad Poetry Workshop for the Santa Fe County Youth Development Center for incarcerated youth, and with the Interfaith Community Shelter where we hold an ongoing weekly choral program. (Please see page 34 for more information.)

We are delighted to report that we are both reaching a wider audience, as shown by increased ticket sales, and realizing broader support from generous individuals, businesses, civic organizations, and foundations, as demonstrated by increased contributed income. These are signs of a healthy performing arts organization.

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale is also branching out and bringing the artistic programming that Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News

Janice L. Mayer Executive Director

Your support of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale makes all of this activity possible and we are grateful to you, our patrons. With gratitude,



Board of Directors, Staff, & Artistic Services BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS



Sheryl Kelsey PhD, President Barry Lyerly, Vice President Janet S. Sanders PhD, Secretary David Bueschel, Treasurer

Mary G. Brennan Margie Edwards Kirk Ellis Allison Elston Kathleen Davison Lebeck Dorothy Massey Ian McKee† Haydock Miller† Margaret K. Norton Jane Clayton Oakes Mary Lou Padilla PhD Brooke Bandfield Taylor Frances White† Brahna Lauger Wilczynski Mac Wright†

Joshua Habermann, Artistic Director Janice L. Mayer, Executive Director Emma Marzen, Assistant Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Richard C. Bentley Maureen Carusona JD Douglas P. Clark MD Allegra Derryberry Judith Donohue Erik Gustafson* Joshua Habermann* Stephen Hochberg JD Roxanne Howe-Murphy EdD Lynn F. Lee Janice L. Mayer* Laurie Meyer Judy Sherman Patricia Stanley Vincent Stenerson Patricia Thompson Rebecca Tobey Susie Wilson DMA

Jaclyn Gomez, Accounting Manager Simon Hill, Company Manager Kyle Nielsen, Artistic Coordinator Kathryn Schwaar, Administrative Assistant

ARTISTIC SERVICES Zina Jundi, Graphic Design - Adverti-Zing! Matthew “Kabby” Kabakoff, Kabakoff Sound Clarissa Lovato, Elevate Media Brad Michel, Recording Engineer Elizabeth Ostrow, Recording Producer Janine Pearson, J9design

*ex-officio member † in memoriam

Members of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale Board and Desert Chorale Circle are pictured in Richard Serra’s sculpture “Vortex” at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth during the 2017 Patron Tour Photo: Sean Johnson 6 WWW.DESERTCHORALE.ORG

The Road Home

Tour Concert

2017 Schedule Oklahoma City, OK

Concert Repertoire

In The Sweet By and By

Joseph P. Webster (1819-1875) (arr. Humble)

I’ll Fly Away

Traditional arr. Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970)


Traditional Shaker Song (ca. 1800)

Unclouded Day (Santa Fe performance only)

arr. Shawn Kirchner

Sure on this Shining Night

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Vita de la Mia Vita

William Hawley (b. 1950)


Mason Bates (b. 1977)

Dominus Vobiscum

Sydney Guillaume (b. 1982)

Excerpts from Mid-Winter Songs Lament for Pasiphaë Mid-Winter Waking Intercession in Late October

Morten J. Lauridsen (b. 1943)

The Road Home

Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)

I’ll Be On My Way

Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970)

October 20, 2017 at 7pm St. Paul’s Cathedral

Fort Worth, TX October 21, 2017 at 2pm Renzo Piano Pavilion Kimbell Art Museum Performance dedicated to the memory of Marlene Nathan Meyerson

Dallas, TX October 22, 2017 at 6pm The David R. Davidson Tower Arts Series at Highland Park United Methodist Church

Tour Concert

2018 Schedule Santa Fe, NM February 13, 2018 at 7pm Cristo Rey Church

Chicago, IL February 15, 2018 at 8:30pm American Choral Directors Association Central and North Central Regional Conference The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater

Pasadena, CA March 15, 2018 at 8pm

American Choral Directors Association Western Regional Conference First United Methodist Church





While the repertoire of the Desert Chorale spans music from around the globe, American music has long been a pillar of the ensemble’s profile. We launch our new commercial recording dedicated to this repertoire in Santa Fe in February. Following concerts at the American Choral Directors Association national convention in Salt Lake City in 2015, the Chorale is pleased to also appear at the Central/North Central and Western conventions in a program crafted to highlight composers, poets, and ensembles from those regions. It is an honor to perform in areas so strongly associated with innovation, excellence, and the foundational traditions at the heart of our national choral culture. There is ample reason to believe that choral music is thriving in our country. According to a study conducted by Chorus America, there are more than 42 million Americans participating in choirs across the United States, making choral singing the most popular form of participation in the performing arts. Over one in five American households includes at least one choral singer, resulting in a musical culture that is as broad and heterogeneous as the country itself. That breadth is reflected here with the inclusion of music ranging from the early days of the American experiment through 21st-century works. Whether from folk, popular, or classical genres, these disparate voices are unified by the characteristically American qualities of faith and optimism. In a sense, the idea of the “land fairer than day” referenced in Joseph Webster’s hymn In the Sweet By and By is woven into all these pieces, and in the very notion of America. Drawing on traditional sources, Shawn Kirchner’s I’ll Fly Away is a setting of a much-loved gospel melody from one of our contemporary masters of folk arranging. Born in Iowa and living now in California, Kirchner is deeply rooted in the vernacular of American music. The hallmark of his arranging style is the ability to craft interesting musical textures without obscuring the original melodic material. Photo: View from Aspen Vista, Santa Fe National Forest. 8 WWW.DESERTCHORALE.ORG

Photo: Zina Jundi

The Christian sect known as the Shakers was founded in England, but came to reside in the United States, where by the middle of the 19th century some 6,000 adherents were spread across villages from Maine, to Ohio, to Florida. The Shakers are pacifists, and practice celibacy, which contributed to the thinning of their ranks as their communities could grow only through conversion. Encouragement exemplifies Shaker music in its forthright simplicity and an inclination towards tunefulness, often rendered in wordless syllables that suggest an improvisatory quality. Like many mid-century American composers, Samuel Barber’s choral works are less frequently performed today than they were at the end of the 20th century. Indeed, during his lifetime the fame of this most beloved of his songs was such that in 1979 a New York City telephone operator, upon learning that he had Barber on the line, asked him to sing the opening melody of Sure on this Shining Night. As with many of his songs, Barber dedicated it to his sister Sara, and created not only this choral version, but also an arrangement for voice and orchestra. It is one of those rare pieces that are at once completely accessible and deeply musically satisfying. The enduring popularity of this song is due in no small part to the evocative words of James Agee, with whom Barber would later collaborate in his setting of another iconic American piece: Knoxvillle: Summer of 1915. Dedicated to the San Francisco-based vocal ensemble Chanticleer, William Hawley’s Vita de la mia Vita pairs the lyricism of Barber with a more contemporary harmonic language. Hawley’s composition is a neorenaissance gem, with each line of Torquato Tasso’s love poem set to a new point of imitation. Like Hawley, Mason Bates is drawn to 16th-century Italian poetry. For Stelle, Vostra Mercè, excerpted from his larger piece Sirens, Bates writes:

Sydney Guillaume was born in Haiti and emigrated to the United States, where he has lived in Florida, California and Oregon. Though he has been in the United States for over 25 years, Guillaume’s Haitian roots, and particularly the writing of his father Gabriel, continue to be a significant source of inspiration. Sung in Haitian Creole, Dominus Vobiscum uses equal parts melody and Caribbean rhythm to depict a people’s search for beauty in the midst of struggle. Set to poetry of Englishman Robert Graves, three movements from Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs are the work of a composer whose gift for writing for the voice has made him an icon of American choral culture. Lauridsen’s musical language is built around sensitivity to text declamation, combined here with bold and often angular music. Graves’ poetry, written at a time of turmoil in his relationships with women, is rich with references to Greek mythology, and depictions of an idealized feminine figure who is at once alluring and austere. Stephen Paulus’ well-loved The Road Home is another example of an adaptation of a traditional tune, in this case Prospect from the collection Southern Harmony published in 1835. Together with I’ll Be On My Way, which is offered here in remembrance of Paulus, we journey through American popular styles from hymnody to bluegrass, ending ultimately where we began, firmly rooted in the rich soil of American music.

The sirens, those mythical beings of the island of Circe, occupy a unique place in literature. Unlike other temptresses, their lure is art, a song of such overpowering beauty that it draws sailors to a rocky death. But sirens do not always involve danger, and in fact sometimes they are personified as pure, heavenly beings emanating harmonious music. Pietro Aretino’s sonnet, a love poem in one breath, pays homage to the stars (“Stelle”), who are each blessed with a lovely siren atop them. Photo: Ripples on Walden Pond in the Fall SANTA FE DESERT CHORALE ON TOUR




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In the Sweet By and By


There’s a land that is fairer than day, And by faith we can see it afar; For the Father waits over the way To prepare us a dwelling place there.

So do be good. Bow low, low, low Then mother will her gifts bestow. Press on, press on. Slack not your zeal. Tho’ mother’s gone she’s with you still.

In the sweet by and by, We shall meet on that beautiful shore; In the sweet by and by, We shall meet on that beautiful shore. We shall sing on that beautiful shore The melodious songs of the blessed; And our spirits shall sorrow no more, Not a sigh for the blessing of rest. In the sweet by and by… To our bountiful Father above, We will offer our tribute of praise For the glorious gift of His love And the blessings that hallow our days. In the sweet by and by… -Sanford F. Bennett (1836-1898)

-Traditional Shaker song Sure on this Shining Night Sure on this shining night Of star-made shadows round, Kindness must watch for me This side the ground. The late year lies down the north. All is healed, all is health. High summer holds the earth. Hearts all whole. Sure on this shining night I weep for wonder Wandering far alone Of shadows on the stars. -James Agee (1909-1955)

Unclouded Day (Santa Fe performance only) I’ll Fly Away Some bright morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away To a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away I’ll fly away, oh Lordy I’ll fly away in the morning When I die, hallelujah by and by, I’ll fly away When the shadows of this life have grown, I’ll fly away Like a bird that prison bars has flown, I’ll fly away I’ll fly away, oh Lordy I’ll fly away in the morning When I die, hallelujah by and by, I’ll fly away Just a few more weary days and then, I’ll fly away To a land where joys will never end, I’ll fly away I’ll fly away, oh Lordy I’ll fly away in the morning When I die, hallelujah by and by, I’ll fly away -Albert Brumley (1905-1977)

O they tell me of a home far beyond the skies, They tell me of a home far away, And they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise: O they tell me of an unclouded day. O the land of cloudless days, O the land of an unclouded sky, O they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise: O they tell me of an unclouded day. O they tell me of a home where my friends have gone, They tell me of a land far away, Where the tree of life in eternal bloom Sheds its fragrance through the unclouded day. O the land of cloudless days… O they tell me of a King in His beauty there They tell me that mine eyes shall behold Where he sits on a throne that is bright as the sun In the city that is made of gold. O the land of cloudless days… -Rev. Josiah Kelly Alwood (1828-1909) SANTA FE DESERT CHORALE ON TOUR


Vita de la mia Vita (sung in Italian) Vita de la mia vita, Tu mi somigli palidetta oliva O rosa scolorita; Nè di beltà sei priva, Ma in ogni aspetto tu mi sei gradita, O lusinghiera o schiva; E se mi segui o fuggi Soavemente mi consumi e struggi.

Life of my life, In my eyes you are like a pallid olive Or a fading rose; Nor are you deprived of beauty, But in every way you please me, Whether charming or demure; And whether you follow me or flee Softly you consume and melt me.

-Torquato Tasso (1544-1595) Stelle (sung in Italian) Stelle, vostra mercè l’eccelse sfere Dette del Ciel Sirene hanno concesso A lei non solo in belle note altere, Come titol gradito, il nome istesso, Ma de le lor perfette armonie vere Con suprema dolcezza il suono impresso Ne le sue chiare e nette voci: ond’ella Quasi in lingua degli Angioli favella.

Stars, thanks to you the lofty spheres, Called the heavenly Sirens, Not only granted their name itself As a lovely title, they even imprinted The sound of their perfect harmonies With sublime sweetness On her clear voice, so that she speaks Almost in the language of angels.

-Pietro Aretino (1492-1556)

Dominus Vobiscum (sung in Haitian Creole) Dominus vobiscum Gran Mèt-la avèk nou Li la nan mitan nou Li la nan fon kè nou Amen, amen, aleluya.

The Lord be with you The Lord is with us He is among us He is in the depths of our hearts Amen, amen, alleluia.

Koute: depi nan tan benmbo Nap mache, nap chèche, nap mande: Ki lè, ki tan, ki jou, Limiè-a va leve pou vin delivre nou? Limiè lapè-a, limiè la verite-a Limiè la joua-a, limiè lespwa-a Limiè lanmou-a, limiè la vi-a.

Listen: since the beginning of time We have been searching, seeking, asking: When will the light come at last to deliver us? The light of peace, the light of truth The light of joy, the light of hope The light of love, the light of life.

Jodia an nou chante: “Dominus Vobiscum.” Mache, chèche, mande Li la nan mitan nou Li la nan fon nou Amen, amen, aleluya.

Today let us all sing “Dominus Vobiscum.” Search, seek, ask He is among us He is in the depths of our hearts Amen, amen, alleluia.

Li la, wi Li la.

He is here. Yes, he is here.

-Gabriel T. Guillaume (b. 1939)


Lament for Pasiphaë Dying sun, shine warm a little longer! My eye, dazzled with tears, shall dazzle yours, Conjuring you to shine and not to move. You, sun, and I all afternoon have labored Beneath a dewless and oppressive cloud— a fleece now gilded with our common grief That this must be a night without a moon. Dying sun, shine warm a little longer! Faithless she was not: she was very woman, Smiling with dire impartiality, Sovereign, with heart unmatched, adored of men, Until Spring’s cuckoo with bedraggled plumes Tempted her pity and her truth betrayed. Then she who shone for all resigned her being, And this must be a night without a moon. Dying sun, shine warm a little longer! -Robert Graves (1895-1985)

Mid-Winter Waking Stirring suddenly from long hibernation I knew myself once more a poet Guarded by timeless principalities Against the worm of death, this hillside haunting; And presently dared open both my eyes. O gracious, lofty, shone against from under, Back-of-the-mind-far clouds like towers; And you, sudden warm airs that blow Before the expected season of new blossom, While sheep still gnaw at roots and lambless go— Be witness that on waking, this mid-winter, I found her hand in mine laid closely Who shall watch out the Spring with me. We stared in silence all around us But found no winter anywhere to see.

Intercession in Late October How hard the year dies: no frost yet. On drifts of yellow sand Midas reclines, Fearless of moaning reed or sullen wave. Firm and fragrant still the brambleberries. On ivy-bloom butterflies wag. Spare him a little longer, Crone, For his clean hands and love-submissive heart. -Robert Graves

The Road Home Tell me where is the road I can call my own That I left, that I lost So long ago All these years I have wandered, Oh when will I know There’s a way, There’s a road that will lead me home? After wind, after rain, When the dark is done As I wake from a dream In the gold of day Through the air there’s a calling From far away, There’s a voice I can hear that will lead me home. Rise up, follow me, Come away is the call, With the love in your heart As the only song; There is no such beauty as where you belong, Rise up, follow me, I will lead you home. -Michael Dennis Browne (b. 1940)

-Robert Graves



I’ll Be On My Way When I am gone don’t you cry for me, Don’t you pity my sorry soul. What pain there might have been will now be past, And my spirit will be whole. I’ll be on my way – I’ll have left my feet of clay upon the ground, I will be glory bound, I’ll be on my way. When I am gone please forgive the wrongs, That I might have done to you. There’ll be no room for regrets, Up there high above way beyond the blue. I’ll be on my way – I’ll have laid my frown and all my burdens down, I’ll be putting on my crown, I’ll be on my way. When I am gone don’t you look for me in the places I have been – I’ll be alive but somewhere else, I’ll be on my way again. I’ll be on my way – I will lift my wings and soar into the air, There’ll be glory everywhere, I’ll be on my way. -Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970)

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Artistic Director Photo: Gittings, Courtesy of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Joshua Habermann, Artistic Director, is in his tenth season with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Since joining the Chorale he has raised the ensemble’s artistic profile and broadened its programming to include choral-orchestral masterworks as well as cutting-edge a cappella programs. Habermann has led honor choirs and choral festivals in North and Latin America, Europe, and Asia. As a singer (tenor) he has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus (Eugene, OR) and Conspirare (Austin, TX). Recording credits include three projects with Conspirare: Through the Green Fuse; Requiem, a GRAMMY® nominee for best choral recording in 2006; and Threshold of Night, a GRAMMY® nominee for best choral recording and best classical album in 2009. In 2011, Joshua Habermann was named Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the official vocal ensemble of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, now in its 40th anniversary season. As Director, he prepares the 200-voice chorus for classical and pops series concerts. Highlights with the DSO include performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Verdi’s Requiem, Berlioz’ Te Deum, and Britten’s War Requiem, which was performed for the national meeting of the American Choral Directors Association in 2013.

From 2008-2011 Joshua Habermann was Director of Choral Studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he led the graduate program in conducting and directed the Frost Chorale. Notable projects in Miami included an appearance at the Florida Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association convention, and collaborations with the New World Symphony and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in music of Ives, Schubert, and Beethoven. During this same period, Joshua Habermann led the Master Chorale of South Florida in performances of masterworks such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, and Mozart’s Requiem. From 1996-2008 he was Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and Professor of Music at San Francisco State University, where under his direction the SFSU Chamber Singers undertook international engagements in Havana, Cuba, and concert tours in Germany, the Czech Republic, and China. In 2006 he led a collaboration between the SFSU Chamber Singers and the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée in music of Poulenc and the Requiem of Maurice Duruflé in concerts throughout France. National invitations include the Waging Peace Festival in Eugene, OR, multiple appearances at the California Music Educators Convention, and an appearance at the American Choral Directors Association regional convention in 2008. A native of California, Joshua Habermann is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Texas at Austin, where he completed doctoral studies in conducting with Craig Hella Johnson. He lives in Dallas with his wife Joanna, daughter Kira, and son Kai. Photo during Dallas Independent School Choral Program. Estelí Gomez, Soprano; John Proft, Bass; Joshua Habermann, Artistic Director; Enrico Lagasca, Bass; Alissa Ruth, Soprano (L-R). Photo: Sean Johnson SANTA FE DESERT CHORALE ON TOUR




SOPHIE AMELKIN (3rd Season) Hometown: Wilmington, NC Current Residence: St. Paul, MN Awards & Distinctions: 2017 St. Paul Schubert Club Special Music Grant. Upcoming Engagements: Santa Fe Desert Chorale 2018 Summer Festival Season; Concert season with VocalEssence Photo: Lu Zang Photography Ensemble Singers. Past Career Highlights: Professional Fellowship, SongFest, Los Angeles (CA); Soprano soloist, world premiere of Paul John Rudoi’s oratorio Sermon on the Mount; Despina in Così fan tutte with Opera Wilmington; Saint Teresa of Avila in Four Saints in Three Acts with VocalEssence and the Metropolitan Symphony. Educational Background: Master of Music (Vocal Performance), University of Minnesota; Bachelor of Music, University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Passion Outside of Singing: Any opportunity to travel to new places! Spending time with my wonderful husband, Matthew and my sweet beagle, Lucy. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “My very first day of rehearsal of my very first season with the Desert Chorale. I will never forget the moment when we all opened our mouths and began to sing - it was a magical sensation to weave my voice into the fabric of such wonderful colleagues.” SARAH HAWKEY (2nd Season) Hometown: Florissant, MO Current Residence: New York, NY Awards & Distinctions: Recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for the study of J.S. Bach in Germany; First Place Winner of the Opera Theater of St. Louis Artist-in-Training Photo: Amy Coady Competition; Semi-Finalist in the Oratorio Society of New York Competition; Semi-Finalist in the Rochester Oratorio Society Competition. Upcoming Engagements: Appearance in an Italian repertoire program with Duo Seraphim, the acclaimed viola da gambasoprano duo, on The Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc. series; World premiere of Matriarch by Abraham Z. Morrison for viola da gamba and soprano; Co-creating an entire program of new music for soprano and period instruments by composers including Jessica Meyer, Pamela Stein-Lynde, and Anthony Blake Clark. Past Career Highlights: World premiere of Kverndokk’s Upon This Handful of Earth (Role of Child), New York Opera Society & Sacred Music in a Sacred Space; Mozart’s Mass in C minor, K.427 (Soprano 1), The Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc., Greeley Philharmonic and Western New York Chamber Orchestra; Vivaldi’s solo motet In furore iustissimae irae RV 626 and Handel’s Messiah with a Baroque orchestra (New York, NY).

Educational Background: University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Passion Outside of Singing: “I love nature, especially backcountry alpine hiking and wilderness camping in Yosemite. In my spare time, I study the metaphysical properties of stones, dive deeper into my meditation/trance practice, and teach both yoga and violin.” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Being so moved by the power of our first performance of Poulenc’s Liberté that I burst into tears during the applause.” CHELSEA HELM (Debut Season) Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI Current Residence: Houston, TX Awards & Distinctions: First Place 2013 Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition; 2013 Western Michigan University School of Music Presidential Scholar. Upcoming Engagements: Title role in the Photo: Brent Hetherington premiere of Lolly Willowes in Michael Alec Rose’s chamber musical, Houston, TX. Past Career Highlights: Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Janiec Opera Company; Soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Grand Rapids Symphony; Soloist in Schubert’s Salve Regina, D.676 and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Educational Background: Master of Music (Voice Performance), The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University; Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance and Music Education), Western Michigan University. Passion Outside of Singing: Yoga. STEFANIE MOORE (7th Season) Hometown: Austin, TX Current Residence: Santa Monica, CA Awards & Distinctions: 2003 Victoria Bach New Young Artist, 2016 GRAMMY® Award Nomination for Considering Matthew Shepard with Conspirare. Upcoming Engagements: Conspirare Photo: Bonica Ayala Photography National Tours of Considering Matthew Shepard and the PBS telecast of the work in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death (2018); Exploring the issues of social justice and diversity/representation through the art of choral music with Alexander Blake’s Tonality (CA); Soprano soloist in a fully-staged production of Bernstein’s Mass with the Austin Symphony, Ugandan Children’s Choir, Conspirare, Marching Band, and Christopher Cross led by Conductor Peter Bray. Past Career Highlights: Soprano soloist for the Fauré Requiem and Lili Boulanger’s Pie Jesu with the late Conductor J. Reilly Lewis and the Cathedral Choral Society at the National Cathedral (DC); Gala Season-Opening concert of the Mozart Requiem with the Austin Symphony and Peter Bay which was live-streamed; World premiere of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard. Educational Background: Master of Music (Opera Performance), University of Kansas; Special Course (Voice), Trinity Conservatory of Music, London; Bachelor of Music (Voice), University of Kansas. Passion Outside of Singing: “Cats, yoga, murder mysteries, and my sweet son, Tristan.” (continued on next page)


Special Desert Chorale Memory: “At the end of my first season our small group had one more concert while the large group season had officially ended. A baritone didn’t realize this, so he went home! We were a one-to-a-part chamber music group with difficult repertoire including Hindemith Madrigals! Dennis Shrock had to sight read the missing baritone’s part, which was revenge for programming such difficult music. What a way to end a season!” EMILY NOËL (6th Season) Hometown: Baltimore, MD Current Residence: Winchester, VA Upcoming Engagements: Release of Jessica Krash’s new song cycle Sulpicia on Albany Records; Program of 17th century songs with The Folger Consort; East Coast tour with folk band Floyds Row. Photo: John Armato Past Career Highlights: Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Mariana in Measure for Measure at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; The Merchant of Venice at the Wannamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe in London; The Second Shepherds’ Play with the Folger Theatre. Educational Background: Master of Music, Peabody Conservatory; Bachelor of Music, University of Maryland. Passion Outside of Singing: Directing the opera productions at the Community College of Rhode Island. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Meeting Harris Ipock during the 2013 summer season... we were married on June 10, 2017!” KATHLENE RITCH (10th Season) Hometown: Kerrville, TX Current Residence: Santa Fe, NM Upcoming Engagements: SFDC tours!; Radio host on Classical KHFM; Voice Faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Past Career Highlights: Sweeney Todd with George Hearn and Patti Lupone, Lincoln Photo: Summer Maulden Center for the Performing Arts; Hermione in Die ägyptische Helena with Deborah Voigt and the American Symphony Orchestra; Considering Matthew Shepard with Conspirare, Symphony Hall, Boston. Educational Background: Bachelor of Music Studies, University of Texas at Austin. Passion Outside of Singing: My family. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “My Community Engagement appearance last winter was as part of a quartet caroling at CHRISTUS St. Vincent. The people we sang for were so appreciative and even sang along. It was a wonderful hour of healing through music and smiles.”

ALISSA RUTH (2nd Season) Hometown: Lexington, OH Current Residence: Columbus, OH Upcoming Engagements: Performances with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale; Performances with the Lancaster Chorale, (OH); Vocalist with Aire Born Recording Choir for Beckenhorst Press, Zionsville (IN). Photo: Amanda Davis Kent Smith Photography Past Career Highlights: Soloist for Jake Runestad’s The Hope of Loving; Soloist for Eric Whitacre’s Alleluia; Soloist for Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with Lancaster Chorale (OH). Educational Background: Bachelor of Music (Education), Capital University (OH). Passion Outside of Singing: Running, cooking, and travel. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “I look forward to creating wonderful memories with the Chorale.”



SARAH BRAUER (10th Season) Hometown: Portland, OR Current Residence: Eugene, OR Awards & Distinctions: GRAMMY® Award with Conspirare for “Best Choral Performance” for The Sacred Spirit of Russia. Upcoming Engagements: American premiere of Bononcini’s La Maddalena a’ Piedi di Photo: Blue Rose Photography Cristo with University of Oregon Oratorio Orchestra; Creating the role of Zeelah in Daniel Daly’s opera The Banshee; Performing at the 2017 International Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain. Past Career Highlights: Mezzo-soprano Soloist Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin, University of New Mexico; Christoph Willibald (Ritter von) Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, New Mexico Philharmonic; Soloist, Houston Bach Society. Educational Background: Doctor of Music, University of Oregon (in progress); Master of Music, The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University; Bachelor of Music, University of Southern California. Passion Outside of Singing: My wonderful son, Luke. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Josh’s 2009 Canticum Calamatatis and Justorum Animae pairing in the Cathedral the cathartic journey throughout and the moment between the pieces was unlike anything I had ever experienced - it was impossibly beautiful.”



MINDY CHU (Debut Season) Hometown: San Jose, CA Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA Awards & Distinctions: “2017 Listing of Alumni to Watch,” San Diego State University School of Music and Dance; 2013 San Diego Musical Merit Foundation Competition Winner; First Place, Photo: Paul Savage 2013 Virginia and Susan Hawk Auditions; 2012 Presser Foundation Scholar. Upcoming Engagements: Soloist, Chinese Baroque with period ensemble, MUSA, Presidio Sessions, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music; Semi-staged national tour performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Apollo’s Fire conducted by Jeannette Sorrell; Soloist, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass In B minor, BWV 232 conducted by Masaaki Suziki, American Bach Society Conference, Yale University (CT). Past Career Highlights: Soloist, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Mass in C minor, K. 427, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125 and Bach’s Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11, “Ascension Oratorio, “2017 Carmel Bach Festival; Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, Bang on a Can and Capella SF (2017); Solo vocals, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” (Cantonese version) for Disneyland Hong Kong (2017). Educational Background: Master of Music (Voice in Early Music, Oratorio and Chamber Ensemble), Yale University (CT); Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), San Diego State University (CA). Passion Outside of Singing: “Tea drinking from cultural traditions, trying to make food at home that I’ve eaten elsewhere and loved, yoga, spending time interacting with animals, dance of many sorts, holistic and Chinese medicine, and arranging flowers.” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Can’t wait to make some!” DIANNA GRABOWSKI (6th Season) Hometown: Humble, TX Current Residence: Selinsgrove, PA Upcoming Engagements: Alto soloist, Voices of Light by Richard Einhorn oratorio performed in conjunction with the silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc with Susquehanna Valley Chorale; Robert Photo: Jared Rey Flemings’s song cycle The Confession Stone; Recording project with Variant Six featuring music of Mexican composer Antonio Juanas. Past Career Highlights: Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans with Venice Baroque Orchestra in Carnegie Hall; The role of Francesca Caccini in documentary Culture Wars in Venice and the Birth of Public Opera presented by Early Music Television; Two albums, Udite Amanti and The Rebel Queen, with the Baroque ensemble Armonia Celeste for Centaur Records. Educational Background: Master of Music and Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), University of North Texas. Passion Outside of Singing: Laughing with my husband and two boys, Ben and Sam, cooking, gardening, and reading. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Singing the Rachmaninov Vespers in the Cathedral with one of the best groups of singers (particularly the alto section!) that I have ever been a part of! Also, every season I meet amazing, inspiring, and delightful human beings who love singing choral music as much as I do.” 18 WWW.DESERTCHORALE.ORG

SARAH NICKERSON (10th Season) Hometown: Fargo, ND Current Residence: Santa Fe, NM Upcoming Engagements: Tours and Recording with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Past Career Highlights: Recording of Provenance with Kinnara Ensemble, Photo: Kate Russell Princeton, (NJ); Duruflé’s Requiem with the Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus; Role of Mrs. Noye in Britten’s Noye’s Flood. Educational Background: Master of Business Administration (Arts Management), University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music. Passion Outside of Singing: “Nia! I am a Black-belt Nia instructor and teach six classes a week in Santa Fe. Nia is a movement practice that offers conditioning for the body through dance, the martial arts, and the healing arts. I love sharing movement as medicine and find that it is a beautiful partner to my life as a singer.” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “I remember the first rehearsal with the Desert Chorale. I hadn’t sung in a chorus outside of college and that was years prior. I heard one concert of the Chorale and on a whim, auditioned. At the rehearsal, I remember sitting in the midst of my section and being completely overwhelmed by the voices around me. I don’t think I will ever forget the sensation of realizing that I was part of something so extraordinarily special.” KEELY JEAN RHODES (7th Season) Hometown: Washington, DC Current Residence: Austin, TX Awards & Distinctions: Fulbright Scholar to Italy; Participation on True Concord Voices & Orchestra recording Prayers & Remembrances, named for Stephen Paulus’ work, which received a GRAMMY® Photo: Bonica Ayala Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition; GRAMMY® Award for Best Choral Performance with Conspirare for Sacred Spirit of Russia; Austin Critics’ Award: “Best Classical Singer.” Upcoming Engagements: “The 2017-2018 season holds many concert tours, solo opportunities, additional group recordings, and roles with the Austin Opera Company. I’m most excited about the release of my first solo Christmas album and solo concerts.” Past Career Highlights: Conspirare tour of Craig Hella Johnson’s composition, Considering Matthew Shepard. Educational Background: Doctor of Musical Arts (Opera Performance), University of Texas at Austin; Master of Music (Vocal Pedagogy and Opera Performance), University of Texas at Austin; Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Passion Outside of Singing: Knitting hats for infants in need, experimenting with cooking and baking new recipes, and starting to dabble in the art of making chocolate confections. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “The camaraderie of the ensemble, along with fascinating new programming, fills each concert season with special memories. I don’t know if I could single any one thing out.”

MITZI WESTRA (20th Season) Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN Upcoming Engagements: Soloist for Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs with Ronen Ensemble, Indianapolis, (IN); Soloist for Handel’s Messiah with Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra; April 2018 Soloist Photo: Roberta Wong for Respighi’s Il tramonto with Pacifica Quartet in Bloomington (IN). Past Career Highlights: November 2016 premiere of Frank Felice’s Preserve Me, O God for mezzo and string quartet (a piece he promised to write for me 23 years ago before we got married; it was worth the wait!); Singing for four years with the Dale Warland Singers (1992-96): the level of musical skills demanded by this group and this repertoire made me the musician I am today; ACDA National performance with SFDC. Educational Background: Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Bachelor of Arts (Music and Religion) from Augustana University, Sioux Falls (SD). Passion Outside of Singing: What? There’s something outside of singing? Hiking, reading, any creature with four legs and fur. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Over the years, I have gained so many wonderful memories of the music we have made together, but I have been equally blessed by the non-musical experiences of eating and drinking together, going to movies, road trips to Utah, and generally hanging out with some of the most incredible people and talented musicians a person could ever hope to find.”

TENORS MICHAEL BOSWELL (10th Season ) Hometown: Grifton, NC Current Residence: Terre Haute, IN Awards & Distinctions: GRAMMY® Award with Conspirare for “Best Choral Performance” for The Sacred Spirit of Russia; Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Faculty Excellence Awards for Service Photo: Wayne King and Scholarship. Upcoming Engagements: Conducting the Saint Mary-of-theWoods College Choirs in a 2018 tour to Ireland; Engagements with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale; Recording projects, choral workshops, and clinics. Career Highlights: Numerous live recordings, premieres, and performances with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, including appearances with Patricia Racette and Susan Graham; Singing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion conducted by Helmuth Rilling at Carnegie Hall; Touring France as Conductor of the Saint Maryof-the-Woods College Madrigals, incorporating the commission and premiere of La Providence by composer Sydney Guillaume. Educational Background: Master of Music (Vocal Performance), Indiana University; Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), East Carolina University.

Passion Outside of Singing: Traveling with my family. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “My very first rehearsal. At that point, I had no idea that a rehearsal could be as musically fulfilling as a performance that was weeks in the making! Also, all the special people that I have come to know through the organization. Finally, every meal I ever had at Bobcat Bite.” ERIK GUSTAFSON (3rd Season) Hometown: Portland, OR Current Residence: Durango, CO Awards & Distinctions: 2015 Vocal Fellow, Oregon Bach Festival. Upcoming Engagements: Instructor of Voice, Fort Lewis College; Handel’s Messiah (Soloist), Musica Redemptor Photo: Jon Simpson Photography Orchestra, Austin, TX; True Concord Voices & Orchestra. Past Career Highlights: Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (Soloist), Colorado Bach Ensemble, Denver; Bach’s St. John Passion, BWV 245 (Evangelist), Arizona Bach Festival; Handel’s Messiah (Tenor Soloist), Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Educational Background: Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), Arizona State University. Passion Outside of Singing: Visiting microbreweries – New Mexico has an EXCELLENT selection! Special Desert Chorale Memory: “My first live audition, having just arrived at 7,200 feet. Josh assured me I’d get used to it!” BRADLEY NAYLOR (8th Season) Hometown: Houston, TX Current Residence: Athens, OH Awards & Distinctions: Conducting the Ohio University Holiday Concert; Spring 2018 Santa Fe Desert Chorale performances; Conducting Mozart’s Mass in C Major, K.317 “Coronation Mass.” Photo: Matthew Fried Past Career Highlights: Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 with the Dallas Symphony Chorus (Soloist and Chorus); Bach’s St. John Passion, BWV 245 (Evangelist) at First United Methodist Church, Henderson, (KY); Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 (Soloist and Chorus), Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Passion Outside of Singing: Dreaming of beating Josh at tennis. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Potentially hazardous/ exhausting: hiking to the top of Wheeler Point (elevation 13,159 - the highest point in New Mexico) on the morning of an evening Desert Chorale concert.”

Singer Representative, Erik Gustafson, acknowledges the audience.

Photo: Chelsea Call



PAUL JOHN RUDOI (Debut Season) Hometown: Minneapolis, MN Current Residence: Eugene, OR Awards & Distinctions: Grand Prize in the Milwaukee Choral Artists, the Young New Yorkers Chorus, and the VocalEssence composer competitions; Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Photo: BD Portraits Jerome Foundation, and the American Composers Forum. Upcoming Engagements: Engagements with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Seraphic Fire; Choral Director at First United Methodist Church, Eugene, OR. Past Career Highlights: Tenor, educator and Artistic Council Member of Cantus from 2008 to 2016; Composing Sermon on the Mount (2017), a concert-length sacred music drama for choir, soli, narrator and cello; Engagements with Seraphic Fire and Berwisk Festival Chorus. Educational Background: Master of Music (Choral Conducting), University of Oregon (in progress); Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Passion Outside of Singing: “Creating and distributing web developments and technology that widen choral music’s availability and effectiveness.”

Photo: Kate Lemmon Photography

COREY SHOTWELL (Debut Season) Hometown: Ionia, MI Current Residence: Cleveland, OH Awards & Distinctions: 2015 Young Artist Apprentice with Apollo’s Fire; 2013 Young Artist with the Boston Early Music Festival. Upcoming Engagements: Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Apollo’s Fire (OH); Bach Collegium, Fort Wayne (IN); Quire,

Cleveland (OH). Past Career Highlights: Apollo’s Fire (OH); The Newberry Consort, Chicago (IL); Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago (IL). Educational Background: Master of Music (Vocal Performance), Cleveland Institute of Music; Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), Western Michigan University. Passion Outside of Singing: Biking, engaging podcasts, cats, coffee, and craft cocktails. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Not as of yet, but eager to make some!”

MATTHEW TRESLER (19th Season) Hometown: Gilbert, AZ Current Residence: Irvine, CA Awards & Distinctions: Assistant Music Director, Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Upcoming Engagements: Engagements with Los Angeles Master Chorale, Bach Collegium of San Diego, and True Concord Voices & Orchestra; Academic Chair of Music and Director of Vocal Music at Irvine Valley College, CA. Past Career Highlights: Engagements with Conspirare, Seraphic Fire, and Vox Humana, Dallas (TX). Educational Background: Doctor of Musical Arts (Conducting), University of Miami; Master of Music (Conducting), University of Miami; Bachelor of Music (Voice), Northern Arizona University. Passion Outside of Singing: History. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “The 2016 performances of the Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil.”

BASSES ELIJAH BLAISDELL (2nd Season) Hometown: Seattle, WA Current Residence: Brooklyn, NY Upcoming Engagements: Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 with The Bach Society of St. Louis; Role of Schlendrian in Bach’s “Coffee Cantata,” BWV 211 with Madison Bach Musicians (WI). Photo: Alexa Jarvis Past Career Highlights: 2017 Virginia Best Adams Fellow, Carmel Bach Festival, Carmel (CA); Baritone soloist for Lansing D. McLoskey’s Zealot Canticles with The Crossing (PA); Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the MIT Symphony Orchestra (MA). Educational Background: Master of Music (Vocal Performance), New England Conservatory; Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), Central Washington University. Passion Outside of Singing: Food and sustainable farming. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “My first concert with the choir this past December. It was truly an amazing experience being onstage for the first time with such a generous, earnest, and talented group of people. I felt immediately and wholeheartedly welcomed.”

Joshua Habermann addressing the audience with Santa Fe Desert Chorale pictured during performance at Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX. 20 WWW.DESERTCHORALE.ORG

Photo: Sean Johnson

HARRIS IPOCK (10th Season) Hometown: Chesapeake, VA Current Residence: Winchester, VA Awards & Distinctions: Resident Conductor, Harvard Glee Club, Harvard University. Upcoming Engagements: Visiting choral artist and Conservatory Choir director at Shenandoah University (VA); Photo: Stefanie Moore appearances at the American Choral Directors Conferences in Chicago and Los Angeles with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale; Yale Choral Artists; Considering Matthew Shepard tour with Conspirare; Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with the Harvard Glee Club and Choir of Emmanuel Music, Boston. Past Career Highlights: Harvard Glee Club tour of East Asia: venues in Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan; performances of Craig Hella Johnson’s composition Considering Matthew Shepard with Conspirare at Symphony Hall, Boston; conducting Haydn’s Creation with the combined choirs of Boston University. Educational Background: Doctor of Musical Arts (Conducting), Eastman School of Music; Master of Music (Voice and Conducting), East Carolina University (NC); Bachelor of Music (Music and Economics), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Passion Outside of Singing: Cooking, golf, and jazz piano. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Asking a certain Chorale soprano to marry me.” SAM KREIDENWEIS (3rd Season) Hometown: Cincinnati, OH Current Residence: Boston, MA Awards & Distinctions: 2016 GRAMMY® Award for Best Choral Performance of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale. Upcoming Engagements: Charpentier’s Photo: Kate Lemmon Photography Messe de minuit pour Noel and other works from the French Renaissance and Baroque eras with Boston Camerata; Touring Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Apollo’s Fire (2018). Past Career Highlights: Collaborating with Japan National Treasure Gensho Umewaka and Anúna on the No play Takahime (The Hawk’s Well) in Tokyo, Japan; World premiere, recording, and touring Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard with Conspirare; World premiere of Michael McGlynn’s The Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, and The Netherlands during the 2017 Anúna Christmas Tour. Educational Background: Master of Music (Opera Theatre Performance), Arizona State University; Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), University of Dayton. Passion Outside of Singing: Food! Special Desert Chorale Memory: “The Rachmaninov Vespers has become a very important piece of music in my life for many reasons. When we sang it in Albuquerque last summer, it was one of the most powerful ensemble performances that I have ever been a part of. For the duration of that piece, it was truly like each of us had completely connected into each other.”

ENRICO LAGASCA (3rd Season) Hometown: Manila, Philippines Current Residence: Queens, NY Awards & Distinctions: Competitions in Berlin, Germany, at the Das Lied International Song Competition, and the 24th International Competition Le Centre Lyrique in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Photo: Matt Maniano Upcoming Engagements: 2017-2018 season as chorister and soloist with the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Bach Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran, Musica Sacra New York, and the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine; A launch and recital tour of Paanyaya, an album featuring a collection of contemporary Filipino art songs; appearances with Seraphic Fire, Ensemble VIII, and the Philippine Madrigal Singers in Europe; American Opera Projects, BARE Opera in New York City. Past Career Highlights: Regular chorister and featured soloist in New York with the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola and Bach Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran, Musica Sacra New York, Choir of St. Thomas Men and Boys, and the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine; performances with New York Philharmonic Orchestra, American Classical Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and concert tour of Israel and Salzburg with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Thomas Hampson, led by Riccardo Muti and Zubin Mehta; World concert tours and competitions with the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Educational Background: Bachelor of Music, Mannes College, the New School of Music, (NY); Diploma in Performing Arts, University of the Philippines. Passion Outside of Singing: Cooking and traveling. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Pretty much the whole time during my first summer season. Handful of picks are: the first rehearsals where we got to sing through the whole American Voices program and sob through Jake Runestad’s piece; the final Rachmaninov Vespers concert; witnessing the candlelight performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater by Meredith and Helen; Sonic burger runs with Sam, Sarah, Luthien, and George; and the final NIA class with Sarah where all Chorale attendees were crying and laughing at the same time.”

Altos Keely Rhodes, Dianna Grabowski, Mitzi Westra, and Sarah Brauer (L-R Front Row); Tenors George Case and J.D. Burnett (L-R Back Row) in performance at the Renzo Piano Pavilion, October 2017, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX. Photo: Sean Johnson



FERNANDO MUÑOZ (2nd Season) Hometown: Bakersfield, CA Current Residence: Bakersfield, CA Awards & Distinctions: 2016 First Place winner of the “Choir of the World” Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Wales; 2017 First Place winner of the Internationaler Chorwettbewerb Photo: Abigail Aguilar Spittal an der Drau, Austria; Full Scholarship to Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, California State University, Long Beach, CA. Upcoming Engagements: Concert with California State University, Bakersfield University Choir and Chamber Singers, Doré Theatre, Bakersfield, CA.; Release of Kings College Chapel of London recording session album, Bob Cole Chamber Choir; Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Bakersfield High School Alumni Chorale, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bakersfield, CA. Past Career Highlights: 2016-17 Director of Choral Activities, Compton Jr. High & Sequoia Middle School, Bakersfield, CA; Member of the Bob Cole Chamber Choir; Handel’s Messiah HWV 56, (Bass Soloist), First Presbyterian Church of Bakersfield, CA. Educational Background: Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance and Music Education), California State University, Long Beach, CA. Passion Outside of Singing: “I love cooking and gardening at home with my beautiful wife and our two miniature schnauzers!” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Receiving via email the official offer to JOIN the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for the 2017 Winter Festival!”

JOHN PROFT (8th Season) Hometown: Houston, TX Current Residence: Austin, TX Upcoming Engagements: Considering Matthew Shepard andChristmas with Conspirare; Renaissance and Baroque period concerts with Austin-based Ensemble VIII (TX). Photo: Amanda Weber Past Career Highlights: Singing Mozart with Harry Christophers in Boston Symphony Hall; Singing Bach with Ton Koopman in Carnegie Hall (NY); Singing Disney and show tunes with friends in a living room in Sacramento. Educational Background: Master of Music (Choral Conducting), Southern Methodist University; Bachelor of Music (Music Education), University of North Texas. Passion Outside of Singing: Yoga, hiking, Netflix. Special Desert Chorale Memory: “When the Chorale sang at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Salt Lake City (UT), looking out into the audience and seeing so many colleagues, including the composer of one of the pieces, and one of Josh’s professors. We sang about what we all share as human beings and I felt a very palpable completion of a listening circle. It almost felt like the music sang itself; as if there were no singers, but we were all, audience and choir alike, listeners and witnesses.”

Photo: Santa Fe Desert Chorale, artistic director Joshua Habermann and pianist Jeff Lankov pictured during a performance in the Renzo Piano Pavilion, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX in October 2017. Photo: Sean Johnson 22 WWW.DESERTCHORALE.ORG




Pianist Jeff Lankov has been hailed for his “alternately ferocious and sensitive” (The New York Times), “muscular and moving” (Dallas Morning News) “performances of brilliance and dedication…there seems to be nothing that eludes his Photo: Steve Singer grasp” (New York Concert Review). As a soloist and sought-after collaborative artist, Mr. Lankov has performed in the world’s major concert venues, and is a specialist in the works of living composers and the American minimalist movement. He has recorded compositions by Adams, Finnissy, Gershwin, Messiaen, Piazzolla, and Rodríguez. Jeff Lankov’s repertoire includes works by composers as diverse as Blind Tom, Henry Cowell, George Crumb, Morton Feldman, Anthony Heinrich, Frederic Rzewski, and Jacob TV, along with music for toy piano and prepared piano, and his own solo piano transcriptions of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and The Firebird. In the popular genre, the pianist has performed on Broadway and at Radio City Music Hall. His multimedia performance pieces combine music with theatrical elements, visual art and computer-generated sounds and images, often in unusual juxtapositions that explore the synthesis of popular and classical forms. Jeff Lankov holds a Ph.D. in Piano Performance from New York University.

BRAD MICHEL, RECORDING ENGINEER Brad Michel, recording engineer and session producer for Harmonia Mundi USA and owner of Clarion Productions, is known worldwide for his vivid and lifelike portrayal of classical and acoustic music. Trained as a classical musician at both Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music, his fascination with the creative combination of microphones and music developed while working in the studios at Eastman. A recording professional for almost 30 years, Brad Michel previously held positions at The Boston University School of Music and Soundmirror Inc. Now working with Harmonia Mundi USA for over 20 years, he has been involved in hundreds of Photo: Fall foilage at The Santa Fe National Forest.

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productions for the label. He and Robina Young, Harmonia Mundi Executive Producer and Artistic Director, make up one of today’s most prolific and respected recording teams. Lauded by both the music and audio press, past recordings have earned distinctions including the BBC Music Magazine Award for Technical Excellence in Recording, numerous Gramophone Awards, Gramophone Critic’s Choice Awards, multiple GRAMMY® Awards and nominations, Classic FM Record of the Year (England), JUNO® Award (Canada), Diapason d’Or, Cannes Classical Award (France), Der Deutscher Schallplatten Preis (Germany), and The Edison Award (The Netherlands). Recordings are frequently included on audiophile lists including Stereophile’s Record of the Month and Records to Die For, and The Absolute Sound’s Golden Ear awards. Brad Michel has collaborated with groups including The English Concert, The Academy of Ancient Music, Stile Antico, Anonymous 4, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Frieburger Barockorchester, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Conspirare, Taflemusik, and the Tokyo String Quartet, and with solo artists including Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Paul Hillier, Daniele Gatti, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Jon Nakamatsu, Olga Kern, and Paul O’Dette.

ELIZABETH OSTROW, RECORDING PRODUCER Elizabeth Ostrow has produced over 85 recordings, six of which have won GRAMMY® Awards in categories including Best Orchestral Performance, Best Opera, Best Chamber Performance, and Best Contemporary Composition. She has recorded numerous discs with the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She has produced over 40 world premiere recordings, including many with major American composers, including the GRAMMY®-nominated recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain and Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with the Santa Fe Opera. Other artists she has worked with include Trinity Choir, the Emerson Quartet, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Emanuel Ax and Edgar Meyer, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Joyce Yang, and Augustin Hadelich. As Audio Director for various “Great Performances” and other public television programs, she recorded the first televised Nixon in China with the Houston Grand Opera (winner of an Emmy award), The Aspern Papers with the Dallas Opera, Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor, and New Moon.

Cameron Beauchamp, Bass; John Proft, Bass; Enrico Lagasca, Bass (Back Row L-R); Sarah Moyer, Soprano; Estelí Gomez, Soprano; Lindsay Kesselman, Soprano (Front Row L-R); Pianist Jeff Lankov. Photo: Sean Johnson 24 WWW.DESERTCHORALE.ORG



Samuel Barber’s music, masterfully crafted and built on romantic structures and sensibilities, is at once lyrical, rhythmically complex, and harmonically rich. Born in Pennsylvania, Barber wrote his first piece at age 7 and attempted his first opera at age 10. At the age of 14 he entered the Curtis Institute, where he studied voice, piano, and composition. Later, he studied conducting with Fritz Reiner. At Curtis, Barber met Gian Carlo Menotti with whom he would form a lifelong personal and professional relationship. Menotti supplied libretti for Barber’s operas Vanessa (for which Barber won the Pulitzer) and A Hand of Bridge. Samuel Barber’s music was championed by a remarkable range of renowned artists, musicians, and conductors including Vladimir Horowitz, John Browning, Martha Graham, Arturo Toscanini, Dmitri Mitropoulos, Jennie Tourel, and Eleanor Steber. His Antony and Cleopatra was commissioned to open the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in 1966. Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the American Prix de Rome, two Pulitzers, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His intensely lyrical Adagio for Strings has become one of the most recognizable and beloved compositions, both in concerts and films (Platoon, The Elephant Man, El Norte, and Lorenzo’s Oil). (Biography courtesy of G. Schirmer)


Photo: Aspen tree trunks highlighted by the sun at the Santa Fe National Forest. Photo: Zina Jundi

Musical America’s 2018 “Composer of the Year,” Mason Bates (b. 1977) serves as the first Composerin-Residence of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. “Championed by legendary conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Leonard Slatkin, his symphonic music is the first to receive widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds.” As both a DJ and a curator, he has become a visible advocate for bringing new music to new spaces, whether through institutional partnerships such as his former residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, or through his club/classical project Mercury Soul, which (continued on next page) SANTA FE DESERT CHORALE ON TOUR


transforms commercial clubs into exciting hybrid musical events. He has also composed for films, including Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts. Santa Fe audiences know Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs which was premiered by Santa Fe Opera in 2017 to sold-out audiences and recorded for commercial use. The work will travel on to San Francisco Opera and Seattle Opera. Upcoming projects for the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts and a Rome Prize in Musical Composition, include his first work for chorus and orchestra Children of Adam which will be performed in celebration of the Richmond Symphony’s 60th anniversary. The Joffrey Ballet will also premiere a new ballet on The B-Sides by Nicholas Blanc, who first choreographed Bates’ Mothership for New York City Ballet. For more information on Mason Bates, please visit:

SYDNEY GUILLAUME Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume’s compositions have been praised by the Miami Herald for their “impressive maturity and striking melodic distinction.” The composer is in high demand for commissioned works from renowned choirs such as The University of Miami Frost Chorale, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Seraphic Fire, Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir, The Young New Yorkers Chorus, The Miami Children’s Chorus, and Kokopelli Choir. His music has been performed at ACDA, All-State conventions, and abroad. Taking great pride in his Haitian roots, Sydney Guillaume hopes that his music will serve as an ambassador for his country and foster an awareness of the beautiful culture that exists amidst the economic and political turmoil. Beyond choral music, he also writes film scores for Loyola Productions, a non-profit creative media company aiming to promote awareness of cultural and social justice issues. In 2004, he was named the Outstanding Graduate for the Department of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music in Composition with an emphasis in Media Writing and Production. Having arrived in the United States from Port-au-Prince at the age of 11, Sydney currently resides in Portland, OR. For more information, please visit 26 WWW.DESERTCHORALE.ORG

WILLIAM PALMER HAWLEY American composer William Palmer Hawley (b. 1950) began his creative life primarily as an instrumental composer, although “he gradually found his work assuming a deeper expression in the realm of vocal music, unaccompanied as well as with instruments in chamber and orchestral combinations, which, through the illustration and illumination of poetry in sound, has through the ages borne the ability to elevate and enlighten the human mind and spirit.” Writing of his Six Magdrigals, The Washington Post said “The Six Madrigals of living composer William Hawley demonstrated a gift for marrying the Renaissance poetry of Torquato Tasso with ten elaborately mixed vocal parts rather than the standard four. The voices unfurled like fluttering banners from soprano down to bass.” A prolific composer, his works have been performed by choruses, orchestras, and chamber musicians worldwide. Current and recent projects include the “ongoing composition of a new St. Matthew Passion for Soloists, Choir, Chorus, and Orchestra with Organ; Nocturne, for Soprano Solo, Double Chorus, and Orchestra; new solo songs and duets on poetry by P. B. Shelley, Emily Dickinson, Pierre de Ronsard, and Miguel de Unamuno; This is the Garden for unaccompanied choir, commissioned by the SYC Ensemble Singers of Singapore and given its world premiere by them at The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; completion of his St. John Passion and Ode to Psyche; the release of the CD/mp3 Shall We Gather at the River; Choral Music of William Hawley, an American Prize finalist, recorded by Seattle’s Choral Arts under Robert Bode; the world premiere performance of his Mozart Lieder (Singer Pur, Große Aula der Universität, Salzburg, Austria, Salzburger Bachgesellschaft); and the release of the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Hyperion Records CD, Beyond All Mortal Dreams, by The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.” William Palmer Hawley’s compositions may be heard on over sixty recordings, including Christmas in Santa Fe and Passion with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale conducted by Linda Mack. He is a graduate of Ithaca College School of Music and the California Institute of the Arts. His mentors were Morton Subotnick, Harold Budd, James Tenney, Earle Brown, Miriam Gideon, and Morton Feldman.

AARON HUMBLE Tenor and arranger, Aaron Humble is described as “remarkably virtuosic” as a performer by the Columbus Republic and the creator of music described as “transcendent” by the Daytona Beach News Journal. Born in Ohio in 1977, Aaron Humble is a versatile and vibrant singer; comfortable singing everything from the standards of the 1940s to world premieres of solo and chamber music. Believing that a consummate musician can tackle multiple genres, Aaron has enjoyed experiences in opera, recital, concert, and chamber music venues. During his tenure with Cantus, Aaron Humble enjoyed solo appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Pops and concert appearances at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, and The Chautauqua Institute. After ten years with Cantus, Dr. Humble has recently joined the faculty at Augustana College (IL) where he conducts the Wennerberg Men’s Chorus and teaches Voice, Aural Skills, and Vocal Pedagogy. Recitals, concerts, and oratorio have taken Aaron to a variety of venues in the United States, and across the globe. Oratorio credits include: Seven Last Words of Christ (Dubois and MacMillan), Schumann’s Die Rose Pilgerfahrt, Bender’s St. Mark’s Passion, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Messiah, as well as numerous Bach cantatas. Operatic credits include Die Zauberflöte, Bartered Bride, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Der Kaiser von Atlantis. A graduate of Indiana University and Millikin University, Aaron Humble holds a Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature. For more information on Aaron Humble, please visit:

SHAWN KIRCHNER Shawn Kirchner is a composer and songwriter active in the musical circles of Los Angeles. In 2012, he was appointed Swan Family Composer in Residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, which commissioned his 2007 setting of the Neruda sonnet, Tu Voz. In 2010 The Master Chorale premiered his “bluegrass triptych,” Heavenly Home: Three American Songs, receiving praise in the Los Angeles Times as “effectively” written works of “sophistication.” He is best known world-wide for his setting of the Kenyan song Wana Baraka, which was featured in a performance by the Nairobi Chamber Choir in Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at

Windsor Castle in 2012. He studied at Manchester College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Peace Studies under Kenneth Brown, and was mentored in songwriting by the poet/songwriter Steve Kinzie. He spent his junior year abroad, studying Chinese language, literature, history, and music at the Dalian Foreign Language Institute in Dalian, China. The native of Cedar Falls (IA) earned a Master of Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa, where he studied with William Hatcher and Richard Bloesch. In recent years, Shawn Kirchner has been mentored in choral arranging and music philosophy by Alice Parker. He is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Oxford University Press, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and Shawn Kirchner Publishing. For more information, please visit Mr. Kirchner’s website:

MORTEN JOHANNES LAURIDSEN Named an American Choral Master by the National Endowment for the Arts (2006), Morten Johannes Lauridsen is also a recipient of the National Medal of Arts (2007). In a White House ceremony, the President acknowledged “his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power, and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.” His works have been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which have received GRAMMY® Award nominations. A recipient of numerous grants, prizes, and commissions, Morten Lauridsen chaired the Composition department at the USC Thornton School of Music from 1990–2002 and founded the School’s Advanced Studies program in Film Scoring. He has held residencies as guest composer/lecturer at over 70 universities and has received honorary doctorates from Whitman College, Oklahoma State University, Westminster Choir College, and King’s College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He was Composer-in-Residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (1994–2001) and has been a Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years. His principal publishers are Peermusic (New York/ Hamburg) and Faber Music (London). A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Lauridsen worked as a Forest Service firefighter and lookout (on an isolated tower near Mt. St. Helens) and attended Whitman College before traveling south to study (continued on next page) SANTA FE DESERT CHORALE ON TOUR


composition at the University of Southern California with Ingolf Dahl, Halsey Stevens, Robert Linn, and Harold Owen. He began teaching at USC in 1967 and has been on their faculty ever since. The composer now divides his time between Los Angeles and his summer residence on a remote island off the northern coast of Washington State. For more information, please visit

STEPHEN PAULUS Stephen Paulus’ musical style was described by The New York Times as “lush and extravagant,” and The New Yorker described him as a “bright, lyrical inventor whose music pulsates with a driving, kinetic energy.” He was a recipient of both NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships. The composer wrote over 600 works for chorus, opera, orchestra, chamber ensemble, solo voice, concert band, piano, and organ, receiving premieres and performances throughout the world as well as GRAMMY® nominations for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2015 and Best Choral Performance in 2016. Stephen Paulus: Three Places of Enlightenment, Veil of Tears, and Grand Concerto won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Classical Compendium in 2016. Beginning in 1979, fresh out of graduate school with a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, he was commissioned by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and later went on to write a total of 12 operas with


performances coming from the Boston Lyric Opera, Washington Opera, Minnesota Opera, Sacramento Opera, and The Berkshire Opera Company. In addition to the 55 orchestral works to his credit, Paulus wrote over 400 works for chorus ranging from his Holocaust oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn, recorded by Minnesota Orchestra on the BIS label, to the poignant anthem, Pilgrims’ Hymn, sung at the funerals of Presidents Reagan and Ford. Both works were written with his frequent collaborator and friend, librettist Michael Dennis Browne. His works have received thousands of performances and recordings from such groups as The New York Choral Society, L.A. Master Chorale, Robert Shaw Festival Singers, VocalEssence, and Dale Warland Singers. Notable works for vocalist and orchestra include commissions for Elizabeth Futral, Deborah Voigt, Thomas Hampson, and Samuel Ramey. Stephen Paulus (1949-2014) was a passionate advocate for the works and careers of his colleagues. In 1973 he co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now known as the American Composers Forum, the largest composer service organization in the United States. He also served as the Symphony and Concert Representative on the board of ASCAP from 1990 until 2014. Photo below: L-R: Sopranos Sarah Moyer, Estelí Gomez, Lindsay Kesselman, Alissa Ruth, Emily Noël, and Sophie Amelkin pictured during performance at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City. Photo: Sean Johnson


The Road Home

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale expresses its deep appreciation to the following donors: The Road Home Recording was made possible by a generous grant from Faith Strong. The Road Home Promotional Tour was made possible by a generous grant from Susie and Jerry Wilson.

Additional support for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s Tour and Recording Project was received from the following individuals, foundations, businesses, and government agencies: Ann Aceves American Airlines Catherine and John Alsip Freda Anderson Rick Andrew and Diane Buchanan Connie Axton Russell Baker and Mark Corey Tom and Mitzi Barker Linda and Jim Beck Richard C. Bentley Peggy B. Bonner Dmitri Bovaird and Maggie Edmondson Lynn Bickley and Randy Schiffer Dr. Julio R. Blanco and Dr. David J. Manno Grace Bloomfield Tom Bloomfield David and Betsy Bueschel Patricia Carlton Carol Franc Buck Foundation Maureen and Christopher Carusona Penni and Charles Chambers Douglas P. Clark MD and Scott J. Allocco Charles Edward Cole Bekki and John Cook Dick and Sharon Cooper Dallas Independent School District David Nathan Meyerson Foundation Allegra and Jim Derryberry Bonnie Detwiler Linda Dillman Margie Edwards and Ellie Edelstein David W. Ellwanger and Thomas F. McGuire Lucinda Ewing Ruth Anne and Halley Faust Edwin Fivekiller and Corrine Gillick Gwen and Ralph Fuller Joel E. Gallant and Joel Meneses Bob Gardner and Ken Marvel Fr. Jim Gordon and Andi Shapiro Susan Graham Wes and Karin Granberg-Michaelson Guy and Catherine Gronquist Joshua and Joanna Habermann C. Terry Hendrix Michelle and Douglas Hinson Stephen and Jane Hochberg Dora and Clinton Horn Ronald and Mary Lee Hull

Edward and Patricia Hymson Joyce Idema Christopher Ihlefeld David K. and Kay Duke Ingalls Plato and Dorothy Karayanis Sheryl Kelsey and George Duncan Terry and Renée Kershner Phil Kruger Betty Kyle Ellen Lacy Lynn F. Lee Barry and Margaret Lyerly William H. Lynn and Russell M. Coffield Debbie and Jim Maloney Erin Mathews and Russell Davis Janice L. Mayer Pamela McCorduck and Joseph Traub† Saba McWilliams Laurie and Dick Meyer James Murphy and Roxanne Howe-Murphy Sarah and James Nickerson Susan Noel Elizabeth O’Brien Mary Lou and Alex Padilla Ailyn Pérez

Nina Hinson Rasmussen and Dr. Scott Rasmussen Nyla and Larry Rasmussen Robert Ripps and Steven Spector Kathlene Ritch and Scott Noakes Doug and Judy Rhodes Patricia Romer Carmen Salazar Janet S. Sanders PhD James R. Seitz, Jr. Judith and Bob Sherman Andrea Slade Paul Strid The David R. Davidson Tower Arts Series at Highland Park United Methodist Church The National Endowment for the Arts Bradley and Patricia Thompson Russell Toal Rebecca Tobey Alexandra and Mike Ward Alan Webber and Frances Diemoz Coralie Whitmore San Williams And our dedicated audience members † in memoriam

Sopranos Sarah Moyer and Sophie Amelkin, Board Member Rebecca Tobey, and Soprano Emmy Noël, pictured at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, during the Chorale’s 2017 Tour. Photo: Sean Johnson




Honor Roll

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s celebration of its 36th Anniversary Season is enriched by our generous family of donors comprised of individuals, businesses, foundations, and government agencies. With gratitude, we recognize gifts received between January 23, 2017 and January 23, 2018. VIRTUOSO Gifts of $50,000+

ARTIST Gifts of $2,500 - $4,999

Nina Hinson Rasmussen and Dr. Scott Rasmussen, In Celebration of Their 50th Wedding Anniversary Ted and Betsy Rogers

Ann Aceves Dr. J. Randle Adair Rick Andrew and Diane Buchanan Lynn Bickley and Randy Schiffer Jane Carson and Karen Kleeman Christopher and Maureen Carusona Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation Sue-Ellen de Beer Norbert and Dedria Dickman Judith Donohue Margie Edwards and Ellie Edelstein Evelyn L. Petshek Arts Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation Ruth Anne and Halley Faust Dora and Clinton Horn David K. and Kay Duke Ingalls Kathryn Jordan Lynn F. Lee William H. Lynn and Russell M. Coffield Shirley MacLaine New Mexico Humanities Council Judy and Doug Rhodes Daniel Rusthoi Janet S. Sanders PhD Patricia B. Stanley Suzanne M. Timble Janusz and Brahna Lauger Wilczynski

FOUNDER Gifts of $25,000 - $49,999 Habermann Koehn Foundation Stephen and Jane Hochberg Susie and Jerry Wilson

FESTIVAL Gifts of $10,000 - $24,999 American Airlines Betsy and Dave Bueschel Johanna and Arthur† Cinader City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers Tax Dallas Independent School District David Nathan Meyerson Foundation Dorothy B. Davis Bob Gardner and Ken Marvel Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc., Inn and Spa at Loretto Sheryl Kelsey and George Duncan Barry and Margaret Lyerly James Murphy and Roxanne Howe-Murphy National Endowment for the Arts The David R. Davidson Tower Arts Series at Highland Park United Methodist Church

MAESTRO Gifts of $5,000 - $9,999 Richard C. Bentley Tom Bloomfield CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center Douglas P. Clark MD and Scott J. Allocco Allegra and Jim Derryberry Joanna and Joshua Habermann C. Terry Hendrix Lynne and Joseph Horning Phil Martin Laurie and Dick Meyer New Mexico Arts, Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs Susan Noel Santa Fe New Mexican Judith and Bob Sherman Vincent and Carolyn Stenerson Bradley and Patricia Thompson Thornburg Investment Management Rebecca Tobey 30 WWW.DESERTCHORALE.ORG

CHOIRMASTER Gifts of $1,000 - $2,499 Catherine and John Alsip Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation Lawrence Baca Backshore Artists Project, Inc. Sharon and Bob Barton Bette Betts Dr. Julio R. Blanco and Dr. David J. Manno Boeckman Family Foundation Helen and Richard Brandt Gina Browning and Joe Illick Dick and Sharon Cooper Susan and Conrad De Jong Josef Diaz and Malcolm Purdy The Reverend Canon Robin Dodge and Mrs. Thérèse Saint-André Dr. and Mrs. Cameron Haight Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation Mary Dudley and Greg Wortman Sheila and Kirk Ellis David W. Ellwanger and Thomas F. McGuire Mary and Joe Ferguson Jim I. and Nita T. Frank Chris and Richard Frenk

Len Goodman Guy and Catherine Gronquist Valerie and Bud Hamilton John Haupert Frank and Cynthia Herr Marsha Hunter and Brian Johnson Christopher Ihlefeld Jewish Federation of New Mexico Paul and Sylvia Johnson Lackner Family Endowment Fund Ellen Lacy Donald and Jean Lamm J. David and Lucy Levy Los Alamos National Bank Rev. Hampton Mabry and Cha Foxhall Susan and Philip Marineau Erin Mathews and Russell Davis William McArthur and Jennifer Martinez McCune Charitable Foundation Elaine W. Meyerhoffer William Nerenberg and Dorothy Rosenthal New Mexico Bank & Trust Margaret K. Norton Catherine Oppenheimer Mary Lou and Alex Padilla Ashwani and Sunita Rajput Donna and Jay Ralph Richard W. Rew Don and Sally Roberts Mara Robinson Alan Rolley Seahollow Family Gift Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation James R. Seitz, Jr. Charles and Jane Stringfellow Lee and David Takagi Brooke Bandfield Taylor The Mickey Inbody Charitable Foundation, Inc. Thorne Family Fund, New Mexico Community Foundation United Church of Santa Fe Vivác Winery Larry F. Widmer, D.C. and Daniel J. Bigelow Linda Wolcott

PATRON Gifts of $500 - $999 Anonymous John Ashcraft Ann and Ed Barker Christine Bassett Sallie Bingham George and Carol Burleson David Carney

Casa Rondeña Winery, LLC Casas de Santa Fe Larry Clendenin Fran and Larry Collmann George and Marcia DeGarmo Isabel and Raul Delgado Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc., Eldorado Hotel and Spa Lucinda Ewing Jeffrey Fort Gwen and Ralph Fuller Douglas Gould Sarah Henderson Prof. Patricia Henning Hogan Jewelry and Leather Dorothy and Plato Karayanis Steven Kerchoff Rita Leard Elisabeth and Alan Lerner Lexus of Santa Fe Steven Lustig and Jessie R. Groothuis MD Robert Lynn MD and Janet Braziel Janice L. Mayer Chris and Paula Miller Jane Clayton Oakes and Joa Dattilo Dr. John Petricciani Sally and Andy Ritch Charles Rountree and John Jones Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus Allen and Andrea Steele Robert and Barbara Taylor The Metropolitan Opera Russell Toal John and Retha J. Turner Don and Sue Wills

BENEFACTOR Gifts of $250 - $499 Loretta Armer Kathy Armijo Etre PhD Janice J. Arrott Connie Axton Debra Ayers and Greg DePrince Burck and Sandra Bailey Marilyn and Cris Barnes Sue Barnum Linda and Jim Beck Boots and Boogie Erin Bunkley Constance Burke Lorna and Earl Calles Charles Case Joyce Castle Cicada Collection Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe James T. and Mary B. Coffman Dr. Paul DeStefano and Dr. Patricia Bacha

Winnie Devore John and Lucy Draper Lorna Dyer and Jerry D. Watts Greg and Mary Ann Edwards Feder Gordon Family Fund Joel E. Gallant and Joel Meneses Janis and Howard Gogel Paula Greer Cynthia Griffin David and Mary Hartley Ellie and Trevor Hawkins Chris Haynes Donna and Robert Helmholz Don and Audrey Hinsman Sam and Gloria Hocking Jolie and Bart Humphrey Marcia Hymer Joyce Idema Inn of the Mountain Gods Jinx and Bruce Connell Foundation Bill Keller Robert Kyr Alan and Kathleen Davison Lebeck Bruce and Anne Legler Catherine and Henry Lewis Ed and Anne Maglisceau Karen and Rick McMichael David E. McNeel Milagro Vineyards & Winery David Mitchell Jane Gray Morrison and Michael Tobias Elizabeth O’Brien John Pakula Dr. Jane E. Phillips-Conroy and Dr. Glenn C. Conroy Nyla and Larry Rasmussen Jack and Clare Ratliff Reflective Jewelry Julia Rhymes and Sally Whiteley Jessica Rivera Russell and Mary Roberts Paul Rodenhauser Dot Rose Mr. and Mrs. William Sandlin Santa Fe Dry Goods and Workshop Santa Fe Opera Santa Fe Style Builders LLC W. Anthony and Sarah Sawtell Lucy L. Scott John and Susan Shaffer Andrea Slade David and Maureen Smith James and Sue Sprague Monica and Hugo Steensma Paul Strid The Bueschel Standley Family Foundation Sarah Titus and Tilda Morris Trailhead Design Source, LLC Cathy Ullery Alexandra and Mike Ward Alan Webber and Frances Diemoz Hywel White Bill and Kay Whitman Wilder Landscaping, Inc. Sylvia Wittels and Joseph Alcorn Mary Beth Yates

SUSTAINER Gifts of $100 - $249 Anonymous (2) Judith and Bill Alger Mark and Cheryl Alldredge Page Allen Harvey and Elizabeth Applebaum Rev. Talitha Arnold Thomas and Yoko Arthur Aspen Wellness Back at the Ranch Kay Barber Mitzi and Tom Barker Pat and Stuart Barton Walter Beckham Jill Bee and Loren Glasser MD Norma Bekowies Martha Benson Eileen Berry Lynne L. Bixler Georgia Sue Black Donald G. Blair Rachel Blank and Ed Marks Martha Blomstrom and Hugh Balaam Peggy B. Bonner Susan and Ken Bower Michael Brewer Michael L. Bustamante and Cheryl Hall Cafe Pasqual’s Christy Calderwood, United Way of Central New Mexico Dave and Lisa Caldwell Julie Ann Canepa Lowell Mark Carver Joseph and Nancy W. Cella Mark Edw. Childers Chocolate Maven Bakery & Cafe John and Jean Clough Charles Edward Cole Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse Phillip Cook Nancy Cooper Sara Cunningham Cutting Edge Flowers Michael D’Alfonso P.C. Margaret M. Detwiler Gregory Dove El Meson Restaurant and Tapas Bar Bobbie Elliott Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas/Love Field Gail and Douglas Fine Charles R. Freuden Debra and Robert Garcia y Griego Rochanya Generous Norman and Suzanne George Georgia O’Keeffe Museum James and JoAnn Gillula Julius and Suzan Glickman Cynthia Gonzales Good Folk Art Gallery Fr. Jim Gordon and Andi Shapiro Susan Graham Peter and Francine Gray Jeanne Grealish Gruet Winery, Santa Fe Tasting Room Diane and Gerald Gulseth Gusterman Silversmiths

Flora Gutierrez and Navid Fatemi Hafner Vineyard Garnis Hagen Jim and Pat Hall Handwoven Originals Carl Leigh and Kathryn Ann Harris Dr. Robert and Nora Hillier Cyril and Ginger Hirt William Hoadley Kim Hogan Joshua Hopkins and Zoe Tarshis Barbara Horowitz Rick and Marleen Horsey Deirdre Howley and Ira Eisenstadt Beth Hurst-Waitz Pamela R. Jackson Brenda and Michael Jerome Susan Jewell and Jon Lellenberg Jinja Restaurant Joyce Robins Jewelry Stephanie and David Kauffman Mary Kushnir La Posada de Santa Fe Mary Lamy Connie Langston Catherine and Bertrand LeBlanc Liquid Light Glass Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm Linda Mack and Wynn Berven Suzanne Masson Michael McCafferty Marjorie and Robert McCarthy Michael and Frances Meier Mercedes Benz of Santa Fe Judy and Lance Mikkelsen Jeanette (Boo) Miller Miller Stratvert P.A., United Way of Central NM Moss Collection Museum of New Mexico Foundation Max and Linda Myers Jerry Nelson New Mexico Fine Dining Louis Newman and Justin Ferate Steven Oakey Mark Ohnmacht Dylan O’Reilly, United Way of Central NM Sara Thompson Orton Steven and Camille Ovitsky Melinne Owen and Paul Giguere Laura Pancoast Paper Dosa Cecil and Douglas Parsons Paypal Charitable Giving Fund Performance Santa Fe Piccolino Italian Restaurant Robert and Mary Platt Cheryl Plavnick Joel and Vivianne Pokorny Martha P. Rochelle Patsie E. Ross Richard and Barbara Rotto Bernard and Ann Rubenstein Nicholas Russell Donald and Mary Sandstrom Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Santa Fe Floral Santa Fe School of Cooking

Santa Fe Spa Sazón Joel Schafer and Perry Samuels Thomas Seamon Sandy Seligman Caroline Semon Michael and Kathy Serk Cordelia Sever James Shute Barbara and Glen Smerage Maureen P. Smith James and Georgia Snead Dr. Peter and Jody Spalding Sandra Sparks Squeaky Clean Car Wash Nadine Stafford Frances Steele Dorothy Stermer TerraCotta Wine Bistro The Compound The Lensic Performing Arts Center The Ranch House The Richard G and Janet J Charitable Foundation Lore Thorpe Touch Art Leah and Adam Vincent M. Catherine Volland and Margaret M. Thompson Walter Burke Catering Robert and Patricia Weiler Joann and Gerald Weiss William A. Werner White Orchid Skincare Whole Hog Cafe Whoo’s Donuts Paul and Carol Widick Wild Birds Unlimited John and Jean Withers Jane Woods and Anne M. O’Connor Paul and Gudrun Wright Lyle York and Matthew Wilson Agnes and Clark Zrakovi

FRIEND Gifts up to $99 Anonymous (2) Albuquerque Isotopes Mary Allaway Charles Allen Amazon Smile Inc. Dr. Edward Angus Albert Antonson Arroyo Vino LLC Atrisco Cafe and Bar Mary Azcuenaga Patricia Bailey Caryl Baron Sue S. Baum Constance Beck Norma Bell Portia Blackman Joseph and Katherine Blagden Jr. Boxcar Muriel Brown Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill Tasha Burleson-Estrada Casa Nova Suzanne B. Cate Center for Contemporary Arts Chez Mamou (continued on next page)



Clafoutis Rebecca Clay Nancy and James Clopton Nancy Colalillo Companions Grooming & Downtown Doggie Daycare Frances D. Cook Core Movement Collective Patricia Dean Linda W. Dillman Ann Dilworth and John Lathrop Dinner for Two Restaurant Douglas Dodson Janice Duval Ecco Espresso and Gelato El Farol Restaurant El Nido Susan English Gregory and Roberta Favis Marilyn Fifield Jo Fisher Rick Fortner Gabriel’s Restaurant Eric and Valerie Garton Madeleine Gehrig Lister B. David Gibbons Jeffrey and Barbara Griffith Maggie Hefley Anne Hetlage Catherine Hiesiger High Desert Dog Hikes Constance R. Holderer Joyce Hren Ronald and Mary Lee Hull Jambo Cafe James Kallas Jewelers Joe’s Dining Mr. and Mrs. Reverdy Johnson Kakawa Chocolate House Kaune’s Neighborhood Market Lynn and Michael Kelly Bo Keppel Gene Kornblum La Choza Restaurant La Fogata Grill, LLC La Unica Dry Cleaners Jan Lanterman David LaPlantz Le Troquet Melissa Lewis Marian Lloyd Los Alamos Concert Association Loyal Hound Pub Emily and Jimmy Lucero Ann MacVicar Douglas Madison Ginnie Maes Virginia and Ralph McCallum Sherry McClung Robert McCullough David and Jane McGuire Saba McWilliams Sandra and Thomas Meyer Midtown Bistro Timothy and Mary Mitchell Thomas M. Morales Sarah Moyer Eugene and Nancy Mroz Museum Hill Cafe Music from Angel Fire Natural Nails Patricia and Arthur Newman 32 WWW.DESERTCHORALE.ORG

Newman’s Nursery James and Sarah Nickerson Sarah Noss Payne’s Nursery Sam Pemberton Kirste Plunket Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico Lauren Prescott Drs. Michael Privitera and Marcia Kaplan David Prochnow and Gail Reitenbach Radish & Rye Rancho de Chimayó Karl and Lisa Ray Restaurant Martín Cardinal Rieger Bill and Ray Riess Rowley Farmhouse Ales Mary Rudd Karren Sahler Nathan Salazar Salon Pura Vida Sangre de Cristo Chorale Santa Fe Bite Restaurant Santa Fe Honey Salon Santa Fe Pro Musica Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble Saveur Bistro Carole and Juliett Scott-Baker Dennis and Patricia Smith Diane Smith Mary Jane Sobel Susan’s Christmas Shop Evangeline Swift Allen Taylor and Tina Ludutsky-Taylor Teca-Tu, A Pawsworthy Pet Emporium Ten Thousand Waves The Betterday Coffee Shop Tiny’s Restaurant and Lounge Carol Tucker Trelease Tribes Coffeehouse Tune Up Cafe Upper Crust Pizza Betty and Lloyd Van Horn Glenn Verdi Joan Vernick Tobi Watson Bill and Janislee Wiese James and Lori Winter Elisabeth J. Wood Lynne Xavier Yoga Source While we endeavor to appropriately recognize all of our donors in the program book, please inform us if we have inadvertently omitted your name or listed it incorrectly by emailing Thank you.

HONORARIA In Honor of Helen and Richard Brandt Gene Kornblum and Anne Hetlage In Honor of David Bueschel Robert and Sharon Scanlin Barton The Bueschel Standley Family Foundation Susan and Philip Marineau In Honor of Mark Edw. Childers Peggy B. Bonner

In Honor of Douglas P. Clark MD William Nerenberg and Dorothy Rosenthal In Honor of Bob Gardner Cynthia Griffin In Honor of Cheryl Graham Anonymous In Honor of Joshua, Joanna, Kira and Kai Habermann Habermann Koehn Foundation In Honor of Stephen and Jane Hochberg Alan and Elisabeth Lerner In Honor of Kay Duke Ingalls Jane Gray Morrison In Honor of Sherry Kelsey Eileen Berry Patricia Dean In Honor of William H. Lynn and Russell M. Coffield Cheryl Plavnick In Honor of Janice L. Mayer Thomas and Yoko Arthur Maureen and Christopher Carusona Feder Gordon Family Fund Dick and Laurie Meyer Margaret K. Norton Bradley and Patricia Thompson In Honor of Laurie Meyer James T. and Mary B. Coffman In Honor of Margaret K. Norton Kathryn H. Jordan In Honor of Brooke Bandfield Taylor Suzanne Masson In Honor of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Nina Hinson Rasmussen and Dr. Scott Rasmussen Richard C. Bentley Janice L. Mayer In Honor of Pat Thompson Barbara and Richard Rotto

IN MEMORIAM In Memory of Larry Bandfield Brooke Bandfield Taylor In Memory of Dr. Lauren Breese Lorna Dyer and Jerry D. Watts In Memory of John de Beer Dora and Clinton Horn In Memory of Jim Elston Brooke Bandfield Taylor In Memory of John Greenspan Mary Lou and Alex Padilla In Memory of Fran Contreras Hartley David and Mary Hartley In Memory of Mickey Inbody Mickey Inbody Charitable Foundation Inc.

In Memory of Bobby Lee Mr. and Mrs. William Sandlin In Memory of Jeffrey Manns Margaret K. Norton In Memory of Marlene Nathan Meyerson David Nathan Meyerson Foundation In Memory of Dr. Bruce Noel Eric and Valerie Garton Sherry McClung Susan Noel Mary Lou and Alex Padilla Janet S. Sanders PhD In Memory of Craig A. Smith Marilyn and Cris Barnes Virginia Browning and Joseph Illick Bobbie Elliott Jo Fisher Cynthia Gonzales Janice L. Mayer Santa Fe New Mexican Nadine Stafford

THE LEGACY CIRCLE We salute the foresight and generosity of the following individuals who have chosen to include support for the Desert Chorale in their estate plans. Anonymous Rev. Talitha J. Arnold Dorothy B. Davis Margaret Edwards Allison Elston Dorothy Harroun Arnold and Evelyn Kupec Lynn F. Lee Nancy and Raymond Lutz Janice L. Mayer Thomas F. McGuire Jerome B. Nelson Susan Noel Margaret K. Norton Nina Hinson Rasmussen and Dr. Scott Rasmussen Don and Sally Roberts Nadine Stafford Brooke Bandfield Taylor Bradley and Patricia Thompson Hywel White Margaret White The Desert Chorale has been the grateful recipient of the following estate gifts which provide for the future of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Margaret Arrott Lawrence Bandfield John de Beer Martin Dieter James Elston Robert Fisher Ian McKee Dorothea Morgan Paul Resnick Joseph P. Schitter Ann Marie Shaw Robert C. Smith Frances White

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Santa Fe AMBASSADORS Ambassadors are individuals who have an appreciation of the beauty and power of great choral music. They promote and support the mission of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and foster a sense of community by introducing friends and neighbors to the Chorale, and are positive spokespeople in the community. They share their excitement and reflect a culture of kindness and respect. Santa Fe Desert Chorale programming would not be possible without the support of many individuals in the community who give generously of their time and talent. Thank you. 2018 CD LAUNCH CONCERT AMBASSADORS Betty Lou Dent Patricia Emerson Eileen Gorman Chris Johnson Bo Keppel Barbara Kuzminska Hampton Mabry Marie Newsom Tom O’Brien Barbara Roush Karren Sahler Sandy Sparks Charlie Spring Janet Spring Jolanta Tuzel

Santa Fe Desert Chorale depends on Ambassadors for assistance in the office, with hospitality, and at concerts. Usher Andrea Steele (L) pictured receiving pre-concert instructions from House Manager Gabriela Ottersberg Enríquez. Photo: Sean Johnson

Special THANKS The Santa Fe Desert Chorale expresses its sincere gratitude to the following individuals and organizations organizations without which our 2017-2018 CD Launch and tour activities would not be possible: Freda Anderson, A Touch of Class Travel Connie Axton, Ventana Fine Art Linda and Jim Beck Debbie Beckner, Director of Conference Planning, American Choral Directors Association Michael Blackwell, Piano Tuner Dave Bueschel, Past President, Board of Directors, Santa Fe Desert Chorale Mark Edw. Childers, Parish Administrator and Director of Music & Liturgy, The Church of the Holy Faith Gary Crews, Carolyn Johnson, CPCNeutek Julie Dana, Program Chair, American Choral Directors Association, Western Division Rev. Dr. Harry Eberts III, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe Christian Gallagher, General Manager, Casa Rondeña Winery Mary Kay Geston, DMA, President, American Choral Directors Association North Central Division Rodger J. Guerrero, Dean Jim Arnwide, and Gloria Wong, Pasadena City College Valerie Guy, Director of Artistic Administration and Operations, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Judith Haddon, Professor of Voice, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Music Conservatory Anna Hamre DMA, Vice President, American Choral Directors Association, Western Division Joshua Hopkins Sean Johnson John Jones Barry Lyerly, Vice President, Board of Directors, Santa Fe Desert Chorale Marja Martin, Owner/Manager, Paloma Carlos Martinez, Tom Mansi, and Yvette Lujan, Cristo Rey Church Toni-Marie Montgomery DMA, Northwestern Bienen School of Music Dean and Professor, Piano Melanne Mueller, Steve Winn, AVIE Records Mark Munson DMA, President, American Choral Directors Association, Central Division Emma Ocampo, HelmsBriscoe Roger Pines, Dramaturg, Lyric Opera of Chicago Kelly Rafferty, Bradley Russell, and Desiree Scalavino, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park Linda Raney, Music Director, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe Nina Hinson Rasmussen and Dr. Scott Rasmussen Kathlene Ritch, KHFM Travis Rogers, President, American Choral Directors Association, Western Division Charles Rountree Janet S. Sanders PhD, Secretary, Board of Directors, Santa Fe Desert Chorale Tim Sharp, Executive Director, American Choral Directors Association Susie Wilson DMA, Board of Directors, Santa Fe Desert Chorale





steps to initiate innovative collaborations with other leading arts and culture institutions, and increase creative engagement with a broader and more diverse audience. Partners in these artistic initiatives have included the Center for Contemporary Arts, Creativity for Peace, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the International Shakespeare Center, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, NDI-NM, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, among others. Additional projects are being developed with the New Mexico History Museum, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and other new partners in conjunction with future artistic programming. First produced by the Desert Chorale in 2016, Santa Fe Sings! draws participants ranging in age from eighth graders to octogenarians from across Northern New Mexico, singing together under the direction of Joshua Habermann. In addition to individual singers, area choruses represented included: Coro de Cámara, the New Mexico Peace Choir, the Sangre de Cristo Chorale, Santa Fe Music Works, Santa Fe Men’s Camerata, the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble. With ongoing sponsorship from Stephen and Jane Hochberg, Santa Fe Sings! continues into its third year — scheduled for May 12, 2018 at United Church of Santa Fe. Please visit our website to watch videos of past Santa Fe Sings! and register now!

Top photo: Nathan Salazar and Joshua Habermann rehearse before Santa Fe Sings! Middle photo: Santa Fe High School students participate in the Sing under choir teacher, Marilyn Barnes Bottom photo: Assistant Director Emma Marzen, responsible for Community Engagement, pictured with soprano Linda Hummingbird. Photos: Sean Johnson


The Community Engagement program, “Giving Voice to the Voiceless,” was initiated in summer 2017 in collaboration with the Interfaith Community Shelter. Following a successful pilot program, weekly choral sings are now continuing year-round at Pete’s Place, raising spirits and self-esteem. We are deeply grateful to CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for underwriting this alternative wellness program, and to the McCune Charitable Foundation for its additional support. For more information about specific community engagement programs, please visit our website at and click on the “Community” tab.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale is committed to sharing the power of music with diverse populations by providing arts access through collaborative programming and community engagement.


Whether our community engagement audience is comprised of underserved adults or youth, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale is committed to providing arts access to those who would not have the opportunity to experience the “beauty and power of great choral music,” otherwise. Please join us in this effort: we welcome your interest and encourage you to volunteer to help us better serve our greater community.

LewAllen Galleries supports the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s Community Engagement Program “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” in collaboration with the Interfaith Community Shelter.

Linda Stojak, “Untitled (LS15-313),” 2015, oil & mixed media on canvas, 72 x 48 in

Top photo: Brandon Boyd leads rehearsal with Jonathan Palant, Founder of the Dallas Street Choir and Consultant to SFDC, and Shelter Guest John Mandujano, Jr. Bottom photos: Brandon Boyd leads Interfaith Community Shelter Chorus including Shelter Soloist LaToya Chism, with SFDC singers and Board Members joining in. Photos: Kathryn Schwaar

We welcome your interest and encourage you to volunteer to help us better serve our greater community.

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For more information on concert programming or community engagement, please visit our website or call (505) 988-2282


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Joshua Habermann | Artistic Director

24 Vocalists

13 Instrumentalists

4 Venues

2 Conductors

Led by Music Director Joshua Habermann, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s 2018 Summer Festival programming includes compositions spanning four centuries: from Latin American Baroque of the 17th century, presented in collaboration with Caminos del Inka and incorporating multi-media, to leading composers of today. Included is a tribute to Leonard Bernstein in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of his birth led by Guest Conductor Craig D. Jessop. 36 WWW.DESERTCHORALE.ORG

Santa Fe Desert Chorale CD Launch Program  

The Road Home CD Launch Concert

Santa Fe Desert Chorale CD Launch Program  

The Road Home CD Launch Concert