About Our Members

Joseph Alcorn played several musical instruments since childhood, found choral singing at Pomona College and spent 25 years in and out but mostly in the University Chorus. He is retired now from molecular biology and medicine to various follies on a farm in Bernalillo well aware of the GBShaw observation that “Hell is full of musical amateurs…” but hopeful that Professor Ellingboe will put in a good word….

Katy Anderson grew up with a UNM music alum as a mom, so singing made perfect sense. After graduating from Cibola High School, she earned a Vocal Performance degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She also met her husband at Vanderbilt, a talented trumpet player and guitarist. After additional music and choral studies at the University of Georgia, she began a career in non-profit work and continues to this day. Three wonderful little girls joined the family starting in 2009, and yes, they also love to sing!

George Arthur — When George was an undergraduate at UNM he was an active member of the University Chorus. After 50 years living in Connecticut he has returned full circle to Albuquerque and singing under the direction of the former music director of that same group.

Bill Artman — I began singing in a Men’s Glee Club at St Bonaventure University (in western New York), 50 years ago. SPEBSQSA, Mannergesangverein in Landstuhl 1966, numerous church choirs, the UNM University Chorus, and Bob Boughton’s Madrigal Singers bring the total number of groups I have sung in to 10. I am so pleased to once again sing for Mr. Brad Elllingboe in Coro Lux! I recently received a new aortic valve donated to me from a Mexican Fighting Bull. As a result, I find I feel more aggressive towards Swedes and Norwegians now. Love to sing, ride motorcycles, and all the other activities which help you gain weight.

Jan Bowers — I was born into a musical family! My Mom was a very talented pianist and my Dad was a fine singer and loved listening to his extensive record collection!! I have inherited their love of music! For decades I have treasured the camaraderie and the pure joy which are undeniable while singing in a choir! Over the years I have been fortunate enough to have sung in numerous ensembles under the ever so capable, waving arms and tutelage of Brad Ellingboe. Being a member of Coro Lux is a privilege which I do not take lightly!

Jo Browning – I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t singing and music in my life. My parents were both singers and soloists and our home was filled with music. We learned harmony, rhythm and meter, singing things like “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt” (tra, la, la, la, la, la, la. Didn’t everyone sing in the car while traveling?!) I’ve sung in choirs my entire life, and particularly enjoy a cappella singing and enjoy the privilege of singing with Coro Lux.

Rebecca Brunette is a graduate of the UNM music program. A lifelong lover of music, she is delighted to be singing with Coro Lux once again. As an undergraduate, she has performed many roles including Hanna Glawari in Lehár’s The Merry Widow, the Starbird in Mollicone’s Starbird, and, most recently, Rosalinde in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. In 2015, she made her soloistic debut with the Red Rock String Ensemble in Vivaldi’s Gloria. She has been a soloist with Coro Lux, singing the soprano solos on the Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem and the Jenkins The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, as well as selections from Handel’s Messiah. She would like to thank Bradley Ellingboe for his mentorship and the opportunities he has provided, and all of the supporters of the arts in New Mexico for providing young artists with a safe place to explore their craft and a springboard into the greater artistic community.

Linda Buffett – I spent my childhood in a divided home: Mom couldn’t sing at all, but Dad certainly could. He taught my brother and me to sing harmonies to his tenor, especially around a bonfire on the beach on a summer’s evening. I joined a church choir in third grade and kept singing in choirs, ensembles and musicals until I finished college. For a while, family activities took over, but about 25 years ago I found music again. Singing with Brad Ellingboe I have had wonderful experiences, including singing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and in venues in Rome, Edinburgh, Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, London and Bath Abbey. I love the joy that comes from rehearsing and performing wonderful music, and singing in Coro Lux presents a new and greater challenge.

Paul Bushnell — Paul owns and operates assisted living facilities in Albuquerque because his CD’s didn’t sell. He has sung low bass for a long time and once… just once,…one time…he’d like to sing the melody!

Jonathan Davidson, tenor, is the current director of choirs and performing arts at Mountain View Middle School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Jonathan enjoys singing a variety of styles from opera all the way to Lady Gaga. He has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Eastern Oregon University and a Masters from UNM in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting. Basically, I love to sing high and wave my arms!

Gabrielle Dietrich has happily returned to the west after eight years’ sojourn in Pennsylvania. She has sung in choirs from a very early age, and studied music at University of the Pacific, University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. Gabby loves geeky TV shows, cooking gluten-free food that aims to make gluten eaters jealous, hanging out with her two dogs and cat, and exploring New Mexico with her fiancé, Mike.

Martin Doviak started singing and strumming publicly as a Peter Yarrow wannabe in his teenage years, which led directly into wailing Bob Dylan songs in college, while also singing and dancing as a Princeton Triangle Club chorister. In more recent years, he has been seen and heard singing with the University Chorus, Albuquerque Festival Singers, New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, Quintessence, and Coro Lux. When not singing and dressed all in black, he can be found more colorfully and casually attired on local tennis courts, ski slopes, or public parks with his two dogs trying to avoid Animal Control officers.

Elizabeth Dwyer swears she came out of the womb singing alto because she heard her family singing and alto was the only voice they were missing. She lives with her cat, Sebastian, named after Johann Sebastian Bach, who adopted her on her 45th wedding anniversary. After 40 years of working in the people businesses of Social Work and Government, she loves waking up to the melodies of the birds in her backyard wildlife habitat.

Karen Ellingboe wishes to abstain from listing anything here in a public way, as she is currently in the witness protection program, having served time in several of the conductor’s previous ensembles.

Ennio Fermo —I’m Ennio, I am Italian and started to sing in 1994 in Trieste, Italy. I traveled with my choir to several countries in Europe and Australia. These were very important experiences in my life. I have three children, who all live in Italy and am now also a grandfather! Above all, I found a great person. Donatella and I married here at ABQ several years ago. She is the light of my life. I’ve worked all my life. In earlier years I was a firefighter. Later I built a transport business. Now I restore furniture. I like to give new life to old furniture. In conclusion, I love to sing and am very glad to sing with Coro Lux!

Angelynn Gomez is the director of choirs at James Monroe Middle School on the westside of Albuquerque. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from UNM in 2014. She enjoys teaching 11 through 14-year olds during the week and singing with fellow professionals and music enthusiasts in Coro Lux.

Vicki Hontas is a retired ER and critical care nurse who manages to stay busy playing cello in four orchestras along with several chamber music groups. She sang 2nd alto with Brad for the last 20 years, first with the University Chorus and is now thrilled to be singing at present with Coro Lux. Besides singing and playing the cello, she plays classical guitar, enjoys square dancing, does genealogy research, scrapbooking and is currently writing a family history book.

Tania Hopkins is an elementary music teacher with Albuquerque Public Schools. Tania loves to sing and has enjoyed performing in community choirs and musicals. Her two boys keep her busy and she is grateful to be able to take some “me time” and sing with the beautiful voices of Coro Lux!

Kristen Miller Hutchinson received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from New Mexico State University in 1998. During the past twenty years, Kristen has been a public school teacher, choral director, and elementary music teacher. Kristen is an accomplished singer and musical theatre vocal director in many local productions. She is a mom to two amazing young men who keep her very busy! Kristen is grateful and excited for the opportunity to perform with Coro Lux.

Rebecca Jackson — My Papaw aptly named me “High-C” when I was 3 and I’ve been singing ever since. I am a graduate of Texas Tech with a degree in Vocal Performance. I am currently in a group with Texas Tech choir alumni who meet every six months in Texas to perform various works – the Ken Davis Chorale. I have been a voice teacher, a lead singer in a rock band, have always sung in church wherever we live, and currently teach a middle school Music Appreciation class at Oak Grove Classical Academy. Although, my favorite job is taking care of my three kids. I’ve been married to my husband, Richard (Albuquerque native), for 25 years. We’ve been in Albuquerque for 12 years and love skiing, hiking, and traveling as a family. I so enjoy joining locals in making beautiful music together.

Ashley Jonkman began making music early in childhood, taking piano lessons, playing the clarinet and singing in choirs all the way through school. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education from Azusa Pacific University in the Los Angeles area, and came to New Mexico shortly after. She earned her Master’s in Secondary Education at the former College of Santa Fe, and taught middle school choir and elementary music for 6 years. Now, she has 3 kids (who are also musically inclined!) with her bass and piano-playing husband, works part-time in the children’s ministry at her church, and enjoys spending time outdoors. She has sung with Polyphony, and is thrilled to be a part of Coro Lux this year!

Garrett Keith is the choir director at both Cleveland Middle School and McKinley Middle School in Albuquerque. He’s a recent graduate from UNM with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Garrett says, “Singing is one of my true passions in life and getting to sing in this ensemble is a true honor.”

Sharlotte Kramer is a research mechanical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories and has been a musician her entire life. She studied classical piano as a child; has been in choirs since middle school; and studied voice with Desiree LaVertu in Pasadena while earning her Ph.D. in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. She has been leading the worship music at High Desert Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque since 2012. She joined Coro Lux in September 2019. When she is not running experiments in a structural test lab at Sandia Labs or singing, she is baking and spending time with her husband, Richard, and daughters, Grace and Evelyn.

Martin Kroebel – My name is Martin Karl Ernst Kroebel and I’m a Bass/Baritone singer. I was raised in Grants, New Mexico, and started singing in 1967 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. After receiving some voice lessons and music classes, I sang with various church and community choirs. Later, at Richland Jr. College, I continued my voice lessons and music classes and then transferred to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. There I continued my music studies, graduating in 1987, with a B.A.A.S. (Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science) degree and also an Honors Convocation Achievement Award from the Fine Arts Department. I later attended East Texas State University and participated in the ETSU Concert Choir. In 1994, I had the opportunity to sing with the ETSU Concert Choir at Carnegie Hall. My second opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall came in November of 2016, when Coro Lux presented Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. And in June of 2018, we sang John Rutter’s Requiem, under the direction of the Composer, at Santa Croce Basilica in Florence, Italy.

Shelly Ley is back in New Mexico after 10 years in New York. She always tries to live in states that are New. Shelly sang with Brad in a choir about 15 years ago, and when he saw her at the Flying Star unexpectedly this summer, he made her promise she would sing with him again – this time in a new chorus. While in New York Shelly sang with the New York City Master Chorale, helped start a new music charter school, and later had her own music education business in the Hudson Valley. Being back in New Mexico not only gives Shelly a chance to reunite with former choir directors, but also lets her work with the best Fine Arts team as an APS music teacher!

Nicole Lopez discovered a joy in singing at an early age, which was fostered by her very patient parents who never discouraged her from singing along (as loudly as possible) with every Disney soundtrack and 90’s pop tune she heard. She is nearing graduation from UNM with a B.A. in Music, and aspires to become a choir teacher for a middle school or high school. When she isn’t singing, Nicole can often be found teaching swimming lessons, cliff jumping, or hiking with her fiancé and their two very spoiled cats.

David Milford, bass, started singing in the Albuquerque Boy’s Choir at the age of 10. He then sang in the choir, as well as a small madrigal group, at Highland High School. Following graduation, he sang at Oberlin with the College Choir, the Musical Union, and the Obertones (acapella). Upon returning to ABQ he sang for a short time with the UNM Choir, and then the NM Symphony Orchestra Chorus for many years. David studied solo voice with Paul Barrientos for 10 years, and had roles with MTS, OSW, and Teatro Nuevo Mexico (Zarzuela at the NHCC). Looking forward to more ‘making a joyful noise unto the world’!

Joe Mitchell started his musical career in Belen, New Mexico playing the trumpet in 6th grade. This led to high school marching band, choir, talent shows, and musicals. While pursuing his Bachelor of Music Education at UNM, he sang with the Men’s Chorus, Dolce Suono, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Opera Studio. He graduated in 2017 and is now the middle school Choir and Exploratory Music teacher at Tres Volcanes Community Collaborative School. Joe believes everyone’s lives should be filled with musical experiences, and is excited to share some of those experiences with Coro Lux!

Lori Nash has been singing since I was five years old, first at home in Minnesota, and later here in ABQ. I am a widow of three years, have two wonderful daughters and their spouses. Since retiring from Medical Technology, I stay busy with my bridge groups, book club, knitting scarves for cancer patients, and playing scrabble with my three sisters! I also love being on the board of Coro Lux!

Alexa Nguyen is an Elementary Music Teacher for APS Fine Arts. She received her bachelors in Msic Education from the University of New Mexico. Alexa’s passion is working with young minds and making music with them. In her down time, she enjoys gardening and opportunities where she can spend time with friends and meet new people. Her goal is to take on extra learning opportunities to widen the tools used in her teaching.

Kirsten Norman – As a native New Mexican, Kirsten has been singing in choirs for almost 30 years. She thanks her high school music teacher for getting her involved in the best of hobbies. Kirsten prefers to sing next to fellow altos Kristen and Kristin to keep the conductor on their toes.

Neal Ohle – this converted Tuba player found his voice at UNM. Being around music his whole life, he loves to be apart of any ensemble. He can’t wait to be a part of such a wonderful group this coming year!

Vinnessa Martinez Ohle – Well… I really started my musical career as a babe. My first words were “la la la”! In the real world, I started singing in the middle school choir in Belen. What an awkward time in our lives right??? Well good thing I had singing. I continued to be actively involved in choir and music throughout high school and into college. I attended UNM and sang in the Concert Choir since freshman year under Brad. I currently teach in Los Lunas Public Schools as an Elementary General Music Teacher. I now subject my students to the world of singing. It’s good for them! I am so excited to be singing in a choir again!

Harold “Hal” Ratcliff, Tenor, born in Nova Scotia, Canada, (eh?) has been singing in church choirs since he was 6 years old (as an Anglican boy soprano!), and numerous other (secular) ensembles since. He is a Barbershop chorus member in The New Mexichords, and sings with ABQ quartet.  He is a national anthem singer for both Lobo and Isotopes games, and has sung locally with several choral groups including Quintessence, University Chorus, and others.

Chester Sakura — I am 74 years old and have sung with Brad for 20 years or maybe more. At my age I can’t remember how long. Ha Ha I am a retired doctor who still like golf, tennis and skiing.

Jody Spalding is a retired audiology professor. She plays flute and has sung in church choirs since childhood. She and Peter have been singing together for church choirs in Iowa City IA, Chapel Hill NC, New Orleans LA, Ann Arbor MI, Lincoln NE and are now very happily singing under Brad’s leadership at the United Church of Santa Fe. She is overjoyed to be part of the amazing group of Coro Lux singers! “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

Peter Spalding is a retired orthodontic and pediatric dentistry professor who has sung in his church choirs since childhood when he was the only boy in the choir. Although most of his musical training was as a cellist, he has found his voice is much easier to tote around and is thrilled to experience Brad as conductor for both his church choir and Coro Lux!

Sue Spaven – Music came into my life with classical piano lessons, playing in the high school band and singing in my church choir. After a career as a computer scientist, I was drawn back to my musical roots, playing keyboards and vibes in jazz and church bands, learning ballet and modern dance, and singing with the Quintessence summer festivals and the Laughing Spirit and Frabjous Day choirs.

Peter Stoll first sang in a chorus in first grade, for a room full of school principals, and has seldom stopped since. When he got to MIT in 1967, John Oliver was the assistant Glee Club director, which eventually got him into a couple of years with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and a summer job at Tanglewood. Though distracted from music by decades of design engineering and other gainful employment with Intel, he has sung with Quintessence, de Profundis, and Canticum Novum.

Susie Tallman graduated UCLA with a BA in voice performance. Susie followed her passion to work with musicians by working at A&M Studios with the producer Jimmy Iovine. She then left A&M with Jimmy Iovine and a few others to become a founding employee of Interscope Records. Susie was fortunate enough to work with world class musicians including NIN, Tom Jones, Dr. Dre, Ron Sexsmith, A Very Special Christmas albums, Tracy Chapman and so many others. One incredible experience after the next provided Susie with the knowledge to venture out on her own to start Rock Me Baby Records. Wanting to live and study abroad before recording, Susie further evolved her voice in France, singing with the Choeur International and the American Chorus in Paris. Upon her return to the states, Susie honed her classical training at the New England Conservatory Workshop in Boston and worked at the extraordinary indie label Q Division Records. She has sung backup for such acts as Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love and Cheap Trick, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Rose Bowl, the Los Angeles Forum and Pauley Pavilion as well as in commercials for Taco Bell, The Coca-Cola Reunion commercial and the movie Beaches. She is a former member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and The New Mexico Symphony Chorus. Susie is currently raising three children while teaching, singing & recording. Videos from her DVD can be seen on PBS between shows around the country.

Wayne Thelander was a school orchestra director for 40 years before retiring and returning to his native ABQ. As a double bass player, he has been a member of NMSO, Santa Fe Symphony, and Cedar Rapids (IA) Symphony. At St. Olaf he sang for two years in the men’s chorus, and now he is singing again with Coro Lux.

Quynh Truong – After my high school and university years of singing in concert choirs, I journeyed through my career as a nurse and have recently rekindled my love for singing. I’m still a full time nurse, but I greatly enjoy my other full time job – being a part of Coro Lux! It brings me joy to be part of this amazing and fast growing ensemble of great musicians.

Jamie Villanueva — I grew up as one of those “California Girls” when the Beach Boys were still performing in my local supermarket parking lot! I studied education and music at a UCLA and soon began singing “I Get Around” as I explored the Southwest making a career as a special educator. A few times the universe said “Woudn’t It Be Nice” to have “Fun Fun Fun” and I also found myself teaching music and theater to children. Loving the “Good Vibrations”, I continued singing here in Albuquerque with Westside Concert Chorale, Albuquerque Civic Chorus, Quintessence Summer Festival Chorus, and now, Coro Lux. “God Only Knows” how grateful I am to my incredible mother, a gifted pianist, accompanist and singer, for instilling in me the love of choral music!

Vicky Wood is an elementary music teacher with Albuquerque Public Schools. She originally hails from Maryland but has been living in Albuquerque for over ten years and has no plans to leave. She is Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator for Coro Lux as well as Treasurer for New Mexico AOSA, so it’s a good thing she has summers off to regain her sanity! During her free time, she prefers to either travel the world or hang out at home with her cats.