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Passion Outside of Singing: “Nia! I am a black-belt Nia instructor at StudioNia Santa Fe and teach five classes a week. Nia is a movement practice that incorporates Dance, Healing Arts, and Martial Arts.” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “This past season included the completion of our first recording. I was overwhelmingly proud of the Chorale and all we have accomplished. I remember the moment we did our last take and the sensation of pure joy that ran through the Chorale. I will never forget it!”

Lindsay Pope (Debut Season) Hometown: Westwood, MA Current Residence: Williamstown, MA Awards & Distinctions: 2017 Conducting Fellow, Oregon Bach Festival; Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Chorus praised as “exemplary and well-prepared” Photo: Julianna Emanski (Texas Classical Review). Upcoming Engagements: Visiting Director of Choral Activities at Williams College (MA); Mezzo-soprano Soloist for Dallas Symphony Chorus’ tour to Sweden, Finland, and Estonia; Writing doctoral dissertation on gender and cross-cultural identity in the life and works of Indian-American composer Reena Esmail. Past Career Highlights: Choral Conducting Participant in Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s 2017 Residency at University of North Texas; Director of Choral Ensembles, Mount Holyoke College, 2009-2016: conducted Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir, Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, Joseph Haydn’s Harmoniemesse in B-flat Major, Hob. XXII, Georg Friedrich Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem, HWV 268, and the 2016 performance of Mount Holyoke Glee Club and Chamber Singers at American Choral Directors Association regional convention (MA); Collaborations with Sakhioba Ensemble (Tbilisi, Georgia), Lorelai Ensemble (MA), and Roomful of Teeth alongside the Mount Holyoke choral ensembles; Tours to Republic of Georgia and Corsica to study and perform traditional folk song and chant. Educational Background: Doctor of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting), University of North Texas; Master of Music (Choral Conducting), Westminster Choir College (NJ); Bachelor of Art (Music – Vocal Performance), Mount Holyoke College (MA). Passion Outside of Singing: “Yoga, hiking, writing, eating good food, spending time with my husband and pets.” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Sending Josh an audition tape in 2008, and serendipitously getting an invitation to sing 10 years later!”


TENORS J.D. Burnett (7th Season) Hometown: Westpoint, NY Current Residence: Athens, GA Upcoming Engagements: Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard tours with Conspirare (TX); Ongoing performances with Kinnara Ensemble Photo: Paul Sirochman (NJ); Ongoing performances with University of Georgia at Athens ensembles. Past Career Highlights: Artistic Director, Kinnara Ensemble (NJ); Associate Director of Choral Activities, University of Georgia at Athens; Assistant Director, Dallas Symphony Chorus. Educational Background: Doctor of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting), University of North Texas; Master of Music (Choral Conducting), Westminster Choir College (NJ); Bachelor of Music (Music Education), Oklahoma State University. Passion Outside of Singing: “Keeping up with Nesbit, my vizsla puppy.” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Camping on a mesa north of Santa Fe on a day off -- arriving in darkness and waking up to the most breathtaking vista.”

George Case

(7th Season)

Hometown: Atlanta, GA Current Residence: Boston, MA Awards & Distinctions: Assistant Conductor, Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s Bernstein, Bolcom, and Barber: Twentieth Century American Masters Photo: Jonathan Cole program, 2018 Summer Festival. Upcoming Engagements: Conducting concerts with The Boston Conservatory Choirs (MA); Music Director, Newburyport Choral Society (RI); Tenor with Skylark Vocal Ensemble (MA). Past Career Highlights: Member of Skylark Vocal Ensemble in residency at St. John’s Smith Square (London, UK); Director of Choral Programs, Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School, 2007-2010; Guest Conductor, Kile Smith’s Canticle with The Boston Cecilia (MA). Educational Background: Doctor of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting), University of Michigan; Master of Music (Choral Conducting), University of Michigan; Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), Boston University (MA). Passion Outside of Singing: “Tennis and my dog, Pepper.” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Too many to name! Tennis with Josh, hiking with many members of the Chorale, the annual George-Olympiad, dinners in Chimayo, time with board members, recording and concerts in Dallas, ACDA performances, and most of all, the musical camaraderie always present in the Desert Chorale.”

Santa Fe Desert Chorale 2018 Summer Festival  
Santa Fe Desert Chorale 2018 Summer Festival