Bruffy

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.

REPERTOIRE

Attendees — please download your own copies and bring to the rehearsal.

To register, please click here.


JanFest

In the Time of COVID: Singing in a Strange Land

with Rollo Dilworth, James Abbington, and more!

January 16th, 2021 – 9am-5pm (with breaks!)  Sing, learn, discuss, grow!

The 3rd Annual MLK JanFest event on January 16, 2021, co-hosted by the United Church of Santa Fe and Coro Lux, will be virtual this year.

Our headliner will be award winning composer, educator, and conductor Dr. Rollo Dilworth. Dr. Dilworth has published more than 200 choral compositions as well as written or co-authored three books on choral technique. A frequent guest conductor, he has led 57 all-state choruses.

Our keynote address will be given by Prof. James Abbington of Emory University, titled “Spirituals and Gospel Songs: Singing in a Strange Time.”

JanFest will be co-led by the Rev. Talitha Arnold and Bradley Ellingboe. The program also features sessions on the voice by Dr. Stevie Springer and updates on COVID-19 by Dr. Joe Alcorn discussing the prospects for live choral events in the coming year.

The seminar will cost $37.50.

Click Here to register for Singing in a Strange Land! You will be redirected to BrownPaperTickets for payment. 

View a DRAFT schedule for the January 16th festival here. JanFest 2021 (2)


Staff

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

info@abqcorolux.org   Facebook:  ABQ Coro Lux

 

Purchase Ads in Our Program

Ads for our 2018-2019 program are on sale now. To receive information about purchasing an ad, please send an email to ads@abqcorolux.org.

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

  • Send an email to ads@abqcorolux.org
  • Be sure to include your name, phone number and the size of your ad
  • We will send you an email with an invoice so that you can pay by credit card.


Auditions

Auditions

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, TBD, 2021. 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 ellingboe@abqcorolux.org 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!

AUDITION SIGNUP

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


Media Information

Media Information

These high-resolution images may be used by media/press:

 

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 sponsorship@abqcorolux.org 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.


Donations

Donations

ABQ Coro Lux is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and values your support and investment in great choral music!

We very much appreciate the support given to us any time of year.  The various ways you can support Coro Lux throughout the year are listed below.

 

Credit Card via PayPal

Click the button below to donate electronically through a secure PayPal website. Please contact webmaster@abqcorolux.org if you need assistance.

By Check

Make your check payable to ABQ Coro Lux. Mailing address: ABQ Coro Lux, P. O. Box 37081, Albuquerque, NM 87176-7081

 

AmazonSmile

Amazon has a wonderful program to benefit nonprofits. When you sign up for AmazonSmile and select ABQ Coro Lux, then shop at smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Coro Lux. To set ABQ Coro Lux as the recipient any time you shop at smile.amazon.com, click on the following link: Sign Up for Amazon Smile

 

Smith’s Community Rewards

Sign up for Smith’s Community Rewards through your Smith’s Reward Card account to support Coro Lux every time you scan your Smith’s Rewards Card. This document provides screenshots describing how to do so. (You will need to search for “ABQ Coro Lux” in Step 4.)

 

Through United Way

United Way of Central New Mexico (CNM) donors have the option to give to ABQ Coro Lux several ways.

  • Through the United Way CNM website.
  • Through a payroll deduction (contact your employer’s payroll department for 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.


Scholarship Testimonials

Impact on Scholarship Recipients

Alfredo Beltran. I am honored to be the baritone soloist for Coro Lux’s  performances of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem and Mozart’s Missa Brevis, among others. As a recent graduate of a the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a master’s degree in vocal performance, these solo opportunities are a major step toward an operatic and concert solo career.

The baritone solos in Ein deutsches Requiem are some of the pinnacle concert solos for baritone singers. While Coro Lux could have easily hired a more experienced singer to sing the solos, I am honored and indebted to Brad Ellingboe and Coro Lux for giving me this opportunity. Not only will this opportunity give me the experience needed by singers to succeed in the industry, but the generous scholarship that I have been given to sing the solos and sing with the choir will help me financially as I start on the path to an operatic and concert solo career.

 

Rebecca Brunette. I feel very lucky to have been chosen as the soprano soloist for Coro Lux’s performance of the Brahms Requiem, Mozart’s Missa Brevis, and other great works. I have studied music all of my life, but for the past couple of years, I had taken a break from music. I came to realize that its absence had left a large hole in my life. While in these doldrums, I came across Coro Lux, a community chorus conducted by a former professor and mentor, Brad Ellingboe. I had been looking for a way to rejoin the musical community and I finally found my way back in.

Having sung both as chorister and as a soloist, I treasure the warmth and camaraderie I feel emanating from this choir. Without this stepping stone back towards classical music I don’t know if I would have found my footing. I would like to thank Coro Lux, the Board, and all of the people who attend our concerts. It means the world to musicians to have a community behind us. Music has been a cornerstone of my life, and I am glad to be participating again.