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Meet Coro Lux

Coro Lux (“Chorus of Light”) is an auditioned community chorus, based in AlbuquerqueXX 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 2019-2020 season revolves around the theme, “This Little Light of Mine,” in the hope of bringing joy and illumination to our audiences.  We reprise Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard in Santa Fe on September 29 – the work was so popular last April that we are performing it again.  Coro Lux then joins the New Mexico Philharmonic for two concerts later in the fall: the Oratorio Society sings Vivaldi’s Gloria on November 10, and the Chamber Chorus gives two performances of Handel’s Messiah on December 14 and 15 (visit for tickets).  In addition we have our own program, “Welcome to Our Wondering Sight,” on December 6; this program features music of the season by John Rutter and Bradley Ellingboe.  Spring highlights include our second annual “Janfest” festival in Santa Fe on January 19, as well as the first performance of Ellingboe’s Requiem by the New Mexico Philharmonic on April 19.  Our season concludes with our third annual Spring concerts at the beautiful outdoor patio of the Canteen Brewhouse on May 3.  For Coro Lux tickets, please visit

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.


An Evening with Charles Bruffy

Come sing with multiple GRAMMY® award winning choral conductor Charles Bruffy!

Tuesday, February 18th from 7-9pm

Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. Albuquerque

Free Admission

One of the most admired choral conductors in the United States, GRAMMY® winner Charles Bruffy began his career as a tenor soloist, performing with Robert Shaw. Shaw encouraged his development as a conductor, and in 1999, The New York Times named him as the late, great conductor’s potential heir.

Bruffy has been artistic director of the Kansas City Chorale since 1988. He has been chorus director for the Kansas City Symphony Chorus since 2008 and was artistic director of the Phoenix Chorale from 1999-2017. He has been director of music at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church since 1994. He conducts workshops and clinics across the U.S., including teaching at the Westminster Choir College Summer Conducting Institute since 2006.

Bruffy’s eclectic discography includes six recordings with Nimbus Records and seven with Chandos Records. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has recognized five of these recordings with a total of 12 GRAMMY® nominations and three GRAMMY® wins, most recently in 2015 for “Best Choral Performance” for his recording of Rachmaninoff’s “All-night Vigil.”

In his spare time, Bruffy breeds and raises Arabian and Saddlebred horses on his ranch just south of Kansas City in Cass County.


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Dear friends of Coro Lux,

We are very much looking forward to our 5th season! In a few short years Coro Lux has grown to be one of the top choruses in the state.

This season’s highlights include three performances with the New Mexico Philharmonic: Vivaldi’s Gloria in October, Handel’s Messiah in December and my own Requiem for chorus and orchestra in April. In addition we will reprise Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard— a piece which proved so popular last April we’re taking the unprecedented step of bringing it back into our new season.

Coro Lux will perform twice in Santa Fe this season, thus expanding our profile in the state capitol.  Beyond this, we’ll perform Rutter’s Magnificat in December and celebrate the 5th anniversary of our annual spring pops concert, once again at the beautiful outdoor patio of the Canteen Brewhouse.

Our unofficial motto is to “do good while we’re doing well.” This season our efforts will benefit those who struggle with issues related to vision. However, not only do we hope to help those with problems with their eyesight. We also hope that being present for live, glorious music will open up new vistas of beauty and understanding among our audiences. Please join us!

Bradley Ellingboe

Artistic Director
ABQ Coro Lux

Coro Lux — an auditioned chorus — has a generous scholarship program meant to help ALL who need financial help to participate, particularly those who are in the midst of, or who have recently finished, their schooling.

 For information about joining our chorus or contributing to our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, please email

Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 3:00pm
The United Church of Santa Fe
1804 Arroyo Chamiso

The Coro Lux Oratorio Society reprises Considering Matthew Shepard by Craig Hella Johnson.


Sunday, November 10, 2019 – 3:00pm
Simms Auditorium at the Albuquerque Academy

The Coro Lux Oratorio Society and the New Mexico Philharmonic present Vivaldi’s Gloria.


Friday, December 6, 2019 – 7:00pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church of ABQ
1100 Indian School Road NE

The Coro Lux Oratorio Society presents Welcome to our Wondering Sight! Music of the Season by Rutter and Ellingboe.


Saturday and Sunday, December 14 & 15, 2019
Location and Times TBA

The Coro Lux Chamber Chorus and the New Mexico Philharmonic present Messiah by George Frederick Handel.


Sunday, January 19, 2020 – 3:00pm
The United Church of Santa Fe
1804 Arroyo Chamisa

The Coro Lux and The United Church of Santa Fe present A Celebration of African-American Choral Music.


Sunday, April 19, 2020 – 3:00pm
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM

The Coro Lux Oratorio Society and the New Mexico Philharmonic present Requiem by Bradley Ellingboe.


Sunday, May 3, 2020 – 2:00pm and 4:30pm
Canteen Brewhouse
2381 Aztec Rd. NE

The Coro Lux Chamber Chorus presents Our Fifth Annual Pops Concert and Sing-Along.


The Music of Martin and Mahalia

Coro Lux and the United Church of Santa Fe present 

“The Music of Martin and Mahalia” 

Choral Festival Weekend in Santa Fe

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 18-19, 2020

“The Music of Martin and Mahalia” is a Choral Workshop and Concert offered over Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend. All singers are  invited to join in the Saturday (Jan 18) All-Day Workshop and the 2:00 pm Sunday concert (Jan. 19). Choral director Bradley Ellingboe leads the workshop and concert, with sessions on Gospel-style singing by Dr. Stevie Springer, expert on Gospel music, and Darci Balkcom on the Alexander Technique. In addition, the Rev. Talitha Arnold speaks on the role of African-American spirituals and Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the Civil Rights Movement and particularly their impact on Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr’s leadership.

The Sunday concert proceeds benefit the New Mexico Center for Immigration Law and The New Mexico Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. Open to all so spread the word! Registration ($50 for all day workshop, lunch, concert)  limited due to space–register early!

To register, please click here.

Please Click Here for the singers’ rehearsal and concert schedule.


Our Staff

Mary Ann Ybarra, pianist, enjoys living out her aspirations of being a performing pianist. Her degrees include the Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin, Master of Music from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and Bachelor of Music from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Before moving to Albuquerque, she taught piano, pedagogy and theory keyboard classes for 18 years at Indiana University-South Bend, Saint Mary’s College, Bethel College, and in her home teaching studio. However, it is here in Albuquerque that she has pursued her heart’s desire of sharing music with others through performing. Not only does she collaborate on individual instrumental and vocal recitals, playing 5-10 per semester, but she also works with vocal, operatic, and orchestral ensembles. She is thrilled and honored to be working with Coro Lux.

Jonathan Davidson, Associate Conductor, is a tenor in Coro Lux.  He is director of choirs at Del Norte High School in Albuquerque as well as a private voice teacher. Jonathan enjoys teaching and performing a variety of styles from opera to popular music. His degrees include a Master of Music from the University of New Mexico in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Eastern Oregon University.



Contact Us

Contact Us


ABQ Coro Lux  P. O. Box 37081  Albuquerque, NM 87176-7081   Facebook:  ABQ Coro Lux


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To receive an invoice so that you can pay for your ad by credit card, please do the following:

  • Send an email to
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Thank you for your interest in auditioning with Coro Lux! Here are some details to note before your audition.

  • Auditions will be held Monday through Friday, August 26 through 30, 2019. It is not necessary to bring an accompanist. Ideally, you will bring a prepared solo, but not having a solo is also acceptable.
  • Coro Lux has two groups: the Oratorio Society (60 members) and the Chamber Chorus (16 members). Each group has its own set of concerts. Members of the Chamber Chorus must also sing in the Oratorio Society.
  • The first rehearsal is be on Tuesday, September 3rd. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9 pm and are held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 Indian School Rd. NE.
  • The cost of membership is $85 per “semester” but we have a generous scholarship program. If you are chosen for Coro Lux and cannot afford the tuition, simply let us know.

In regard to the audition process itself:

If you cannot find an audition slot that fits your schedule, contact our conductor, Bradley Ellingboe, at to see about setting up a different appointment.

Auditions will be held in the Choir Room of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 Indian School Rd. NE. Please wait in your car outside the choir room until someone comes to get you. (Otherwise you’ll walk straight in on someone else’s audition.)

You will be tested on vocal range, size and timbre of voice, and tonal memory.

Those interested in membership in the Chamber Chorus will be asked to sight-read.

Thanks again for your interest and good luck!


To sign up for an Audition if you are a NEW member (you did not sing in the 2018-2019 season), please click here.

Media Information

Media Information

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Coro Lux group shot in front of church (link)


Bradley Ellingboe – Artistic Director (link)

Corporate Sponsorship

Corporate Sponsorship

Coro Lux seeks corporate sponsors to help bring high-quality classical choral music to our community and give young, talented college music graduates an opportunity to grow their professional careers.  Corporate partnerships enable our organization to offer scholarships to chorus members with limited means, hire instrumentalists for our concerts, and offer a broader variety of performances throughout the community.

Corporate Sponsors are highlighted in our concert programs, on our promotional outdoor banners, and in advertisements in publications and radio stations.

Please contact us at for more information.

ABQ Coro Lux is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.