Meet Coro Lux

Coro Lux (“Chorus of Light”) is an auditioned community chorus, based in Albuquerque and founded in the fall of 2015.  Under Artistic Director Bradley Ellingboe, the chorus has grown into one of the top choruses in New Mexico.  Coro Lux consists of the larger Oratorio Society and the smaller Chamber Chorus.  The Oratorio Society, with 60 members, presents major choral works, usually with orchestra and often in conjunction with the New Mexico Philharmonic.  The Chamber Chorus is an ensemble of 16 members that presents a variety of smaller works in various locations around Albuquerque.  Each ensemble presents about three concert programs each season.

Chamber Chorus, Fall, 2019

The Covid-19 pandemic has been very difficult for all performing arts organizations. Our last “regular” rehearsal was on March 10, 2020. Nevertheless, we have continued with projects and activities that we can carry out in a safe manner. In October 2020 we initiated the first of monthly newsletters that inform readers of our activities, profile Coro Lux members, and contain articles of interest related to singing and choral participation. In December we presented a Virtual Carol Sing that still appears on our new YouTube channel. The reviews were very positive, and although choir members were not physically together, any interested singers were able to participate and sing in the privacy and safety of their homes. In January 2021 we presented our third annual “JanFest” in conjunction with the United Church of Santa Fe. The one-day virtual event celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and included presentations and rehearsals. Sessions including Coro Lux member Dr. Joe Alcorn’s “Medical Perspectives: Singing in the Pandemic,” Dr. James Abbington’s “Spirituals and Gospel Songs: Singing in a Strange Time,” and Dr. Rollo Dilworth’s “Singing in a Strange Land” can be found on our YouTube channel. We are evaluating ways to get back to group singing and even audience participation in the coming months.

Coro Lux has participated in music events far from Albuquerque, including a Carnegie Hall concert in 2016 and the Great American Choral Series festival in Florence, Italy, in the summer of 2018.  In 2017 Coro Lux became the Ensemble in Residence at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albuquerque.  As such, our rehearsals and many of our performances are held there.  We are proud to be associated with the oldest Lutheran congregation in the state of New Mexico, founded in 1891, and long a leader in worship and the arts in our community.  In 2019 we began a regular and ongoing partnership with the United Church of Santa Fe, thus making regular appearances in the state capital.

Coro Lux is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and values your support in promoting great choral music and in expanding our scholarship programs.