COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Since 2015, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale has taken significant 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 CultureNDI-NM, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Santa Fe Opera, and the Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus. 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.

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 otherwise have the opportunity to experience “the beauty and power of great choral music.” Please join us in this effort: we welcome your interest and encourage you to volunteer to help us better serve our greater community.

Santa Fe Sings!

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. Our second annual Santa Fe Sings! sponsored by Stephen and Jane Hochberg took place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, and sold out with 175 participants at United Church of Santa Fe.

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 & 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 Saturday, May 12, 2018 at United Church of Santa Fe.

For more information, visit desertchorale.org/santa-fe-sings or call (505) 988-2282. View Craig A. Smith’s article and accompanying photos (Photographer: Sean Johnson) of the 2017 event here.

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale thanks our Community Sing Sponsors:

and Mary and Joe Ferguson, Jim Murphy and Roxanne Howe-Murphy, and Vincent Stenerson

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The May 2017 choral workshop focused on repertoire selected and led by Artistic Director Joshua Habermann. A showcase for friends and family followed. Pianist Nathan Salazar joined us at the keyboard for both sessions.

Video produced by: Vincent Stenerson

The May 2016 choral workshop focused on repertoire selected and led by Artistic Director Joshua Habermann. The afternoon featured a masterclass by David Holloway, an internationally-renowned baritone and Director of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program. Pianist Nathan Salazar joined us at the keyboard for both sessions.

Video produced by: Cut Print Video Production

Interfaith Shelter Choral Program

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. The Desert Chorale is 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. Please see the program in action below:

Behind the Scenes: Lecture and Talks

Free pre-concert talks will take place 90 minutes before each concert in the 2018 Summer Festival Season:

  • Bernstein, Bolcom, and Barber: Twentieth Century American Masters, Kathlene Ritch
  • “Sure on this Shining Night:” Choral Music that Evokes the Beauty of the Natural World, Speaker TBA
  • The New World: Journey from the Inca Trail, Speaker TBA

Capacity is limited/reservations required.

2018 Summer Schedule

Insights and Sounds
Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:00pm
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

An insightful discussion of the landscapes on view in the Georgia O’Keeffe galleries precedes a musical program by a quartet from the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Selections will be drawn from the Sure on this Shining Night program that evokes the beauty of the natural world.

Tickets $25; O’Keeffe Donor Circle members ($1,000 level and above) and Desert Chorale Circle members save 20%. Reserve your ticket here (link to desertchorale.org/tickets)!

 

Insights and Sounds
Friday, August 3, 2018, 5:00pm
United Church of Santa Fe
1804 Arroyo Chamiso
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Reverend Talitha Arnold speaks on stewardship of the environment. A quartet of Santa Fe Desert Chorale vocalists offers musical selections from the Sure on this Shining Night program that evokes the beauty of the natural world.

Free to the public; Reservations requested. Reserve your ticket here (link to desertchorale.org/tickets)!

Insights and Sounds
Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 4:00pm
Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
750 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Instrumentalists from Caminos del Inka will perform musical selections by composers from the six countries linked by the Inca Trail in this intimate chamber performance. A selection of Peruvian art works from the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts collection will be on view and introduced by Chief Curator Josef Díaz. Enjoy the spectacular mountain views from the Museum’s Terrace during the post-presentation reception.

Tickets $40; Members of Conexiones and Desert Chorale Circle save 20%. Reserve your ticket here (link to desertchorale.org/tickets)!

Stay tuned for more! The rest of the 2018 summer schedule of Community Engagement events will be posted soon.

Out and About

Summer Festival Preview – TGIF Concert Series*
July 20, 2017, 5:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
208 Grant Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

A quintet of Desert Chorale vocalists performs repertoire from the Music from a Secret Chapel program, which opens the 35th Anniversary season. The TGIF Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church is free and open to the public.

*Please note this performance will take place on Thursday, rather than Friday.

Free
Choral Eucharist
July 23, 2017, 11:00 am
The Church of the Holy Faith
311 East Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Members of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale express gratitude to The Church of the Holy Faith by participating in the 11:00 am Choral Eucharist service.

Free (part of service)

Liberté: Music of Resistance and Revolution Talk and Performance
August 3, 2017, 5:30 pm
United Church of Santa Fe
1804 Arroyo Chamiso
Santa Fe, NM 87505

United Church of Santa Fe Senior Minister, Rev. Talitha Arnold, discusses the religious suppression and persecution of the Jewish community in the World War II concentration camps. Specific focus on the hope, nurtured by music, that sustained those oppressed. A quartet from the Santa Fe Desert Chorale performs music by Viktor Ullman featured in the Liberté: Music of Resistance and Revolution program.

Free

Liberté: Music of Resistance and Revolution Preview
August 4, 2017, 6:30 pm
Temple Beth Shalom
205 East Barcelona Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505

As part of the Shabbat service, Desert Chorale vocalists perform music from the Terezin Concentration Camp, which is featured in the Liberté: Music of Resistance and Revolution program.

Free (part of service)

Solely for Students

  • Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Summer Youth Cultural Passport
    Desert Chorale Dates: July 19, 8:00 p.m.; July 29, 8:00 p.m.; August 4, 8:00 p.m.
    The Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Summer Youth Cultural Passport is a new program that encourages local and visiting children and families to explore all of the culture that Santa Fe has to offer. The SFDC is one of 29 participating organizations, and we have donated a dozen tickets to each of three of our American Voices concerts. Young audience members will receive “stamps” on their passports for attending these events and turn them in for prizes.  For more information, visit: www.santafenm.gov
  • Ailyn Pérez and Gary Matthewman Recital and Meet-and-Greet
    Eighty Santa Fe School Students were treated to complimentary tickets to hear the Beverly Sills Award-winning soprano and her acclaimed pianist perform a recital of French and Spanish Art Songs at The Lensic in March. After the performance the artist met with the students to answer questions, sign autographs and take selfies!

Ailyn Pérez with young audience member [photo: Chelsea Call]

Ailyn Pérez with young audience member [photo: Chelsea Call]

Dr. Brandon Boyd, 2017 Composer-in-Residence

Meet the Composer – Brandon Boyd, D.M.A.
July 11, 2017, 6:30pm
NAACP Santa Fe Chapter – The Montecito, Santa Fe; Life Plan Community
500 Rodeo Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505

2017 Composer-In-Residence Dr. Brandon Boyd discusses the Justice program and surrounding Community Engagement events at the monthly NAACP Santa Fe Chapter meeting.

Free

Meet the Composer – Brandon Boyd, D.M.A.
July 20, 2017, 2:30pm
The Montecito, Santa Fe; Life Plan Community
500 Rodeo Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Meet the 2017 Composer-In-Residence Dr. Brandon Boyd for a discussion of the Justice program at

The Montecito, Santa Fe.

Free

Meet the Composer – Brandon Boyd, D.M.A.
July 25, 2017, 3:00 pm
El Castillo; Life Plan Community
250 East Alameda
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Meet the 2017 Composer-In-Residence Dr. Brandon Boyd for a discussion of the Justice program at

El Castillo Retirement Community.

Free

Giving Voice to the Voiceless Part 1
Wednesdays, July 12 to August 9, 2017, 9:00-11:00 am
Pete’s Place, Interfaith Community Shelter
2801 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Led by Composer-In-Residence and pianist, Brandon Boyd, a new choral program at the Interfaith Community Shelter provides an opportunity for guests to express themselves in a safe space while fostering community and consistency. A quartet of Desert Chorale vocalists joins the choir for their final concert at the Shelter, followed by a pizza lunch for all participants.

Giving Voice to the Voiceless Part 2 – SFDC Collaboration with “Voces de Libertad Poetry Workshops”
August 11, 2017, 12:00 pm (For Incarcerated Youth)
Santa Fe County Youth Development Center
4250 Airport Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507

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August 11, 2017, 2:00 pm (For Friends and Families)
Santa Fe Public Library South Side Branch
6599 Jaguar Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87507

2017 Composer-In-Residence and pianist, Brandon Boyd, sets poetry written by participants in the Center’s “Voces de Libertad Poetry Workshops,” led by poet Demetria Martinez. A Desert Chorale vocal quartet, accompanied by Brandon Boyd, performs this collaborative work at the Center for the youth, and at the Santa Fe Public Library South Side Branch for family and friends. City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Manuel González, provides spoken word featuring the poetry of the incarcerated youth at the Library appearance to augment the musical program. The full Chorale performs Mr. Boyd’s composition during the Summer 2017 Justice program in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Winter Caroling Series

Six quartets of Santa Fe Desert Chorale vocalists appeared at various locations around Santa Fe in Winter 2017 to spread cheer around the community.

  • Thornburg Investment Management
  • Interfaith Community Shelter, as part of the Choral Program
  • Kingston Residence
  • CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
  • Genoveva Chavez Community Center Ice Arena for the Center’s Winter Break Camp

Creativity for Peace

SFDC and Creativity for Peace, a program that “prepares the next generation of female leaders and peacemakers in Israel and Palestine” joined together on a music project Summer 2016. This project was developed in conjunction with the Chorale’s Sephardic Legacy program.

For more information on Creativity for Peace, please visit creativityforpeace.com.

The Musical Zoo

The Musical Zoo is a tri-part collaboration among the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, NDI-NM and Frederick Prescott Sculpture. Working together for the first time, the partners are developing a work featuring dancers from NDI-NM, with music led by Bert Dalton and performed by Santa Fe Desert Chorale vocalists Sarah Nickerson and Michael Hix. Frederick Prescott’s whimsical sculptures set the stage. Now in workshop, a segment of the work was performed at the 2016 Santa Fe Desert Chorale Gala: Under the Big Top on August 22, 2016 at the Inn and Spa at Loretto.

The Musical Zoo collaboration is underwritten by a generous donation from David and Kay Duke Ingalls.

Photo courtesy of NDI-NM; Photo credit : Insight Photo, Inc.