Santa Fe Desert Chorale Celebrates 34 years!

Founded in 1982 by 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. Our mission is to excite, engage and inspire diverse audiences with the beauty and power of great choral music.

SFDC Summer Program CoverThe Chorale presents both summer and winter festivals of concerts featuring a wide range of literature from around the world. The composition of the Chorale is truly national in scope with artists drawn from coast to coast.

Our 2016 Summer Festival Season tickets are on sale now!
17 performances | 6 venues | 5 distinct programs

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“It is a privilege to be part of a group whose focus on artistry cultivates a greater generosity of self and giving to the entirety of repertoire and to the audiences.”

Keely Rhodes
Keely RhodesMezzo-soprano

“Working with this level of talent is truly something special for us, and ultimately, for our audiences. Our collective goal to make music greater than any one could do alone is what makes this such a unique experience.”

David Farwig
David FarwigBaritone

“This ensemble typifies the spirit of the land of enchantment. Warm, curious and enduring. What a treat to rejoice in beauty together through singing!”

J.D. Burnett
J.D. BurnettTenor

“I don’t have enough superlatives to describe this group. Fabulous talent, artistry, incredible repertoire…it’s all there!”

Kathlene Ritch
Kathlene RitchSoprano

“It’s an immense privilege to make music in such a special place with such a superlative group of musicians. The beauty of the surroundings, the dedication and talent of everyone involved, the receptiveness and appreciation of the Santa Fe audiences, all contribute to an ideal atmosphere in which to be a performing artist.”

Luthien Brackett
Luthien BrackettMezzo-soprano

“Several of the pieces gave me goosebumps. The singer’s ethereal voices lifting one closer to heaven. I especially enjoyed Wayfaring Stranger. And I loved Meredith Ruduski’s singing of I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, it gave me chills! The two premier pieces Reflections and Song of the Sky Loom, were wonderfully sensitive and moving. You could hear a pin drop when the Choral finished singing them. Absolutely beautiful!!!”

AlecAlbuquerque Audience Member, 2016

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Sat 30

Pre-Concert Lecture

July 30 @ 6:30 pm
Sat 30

Sounds and Sweet Airs

July 30 @ 8:00 pm
Sun 31

Sephardic Legacy Pre-Concert Brunch

July 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Guest Artist

Anna Farkas, Actor, “Sounds and Sweet Airs”: Anna Farkas is the founder and artistic director of Upstart Crows of Santa Fe, a youth Shakespeare troupe. She joins the Santa Fe Desert Chorale as a spoken word actor for the “Sounds and Sweet Airs” concert series, commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

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Desert Chorale performances are made possible, in part, by:

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