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.


Tickets

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

Sing, learn, discuss, grow!

 

Join us as we gather virtually for a day of learning about the history of African American spirituals, how they have driven social justice efforts over the decades, and what they mean for us now.

 

This 3rd Annual MLK JanFest celebration, co-hosted by the United Church of Santa Fe and Coro Lux, will be held on January 16th, 2021 from 9am-5pm Mountain Time – with several breaks!

 

Can’t make it live? No problem!

Your ticket gives you on-demand access to these sessions until January 31st so you can participate when it works best for YOU!

 

Cost: $37.50

A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to benefit the NAACP’s College Fund.

Click here to purchase tickets!

Session Schedule

Rise and Shine! – 9am – 10:45am MT

  • Opening welcome – The Rev. Talitha Arnold & Prof. Bradley Ellingboe
  • Getting the voice going – Dr. Stevie Springer
  • Music Virtual Rehearsal – Dr. Rollo Dilworth

Mental and Physical Health – 11:15am – 12:30pm MT

  • Medical Perspectives: Singing During the Pandemic – Dr. Joe Alcorn
  • Music and Mental Health – The Rev. Talitha Arnold and Prof. Bradley Ellingboe

Music and Social Justice – 1:15-3:30pm MT

  • Spirituals and Gospel Songs: Singing in a Strange Time – Dr. James Abbington
  • Singing in a Strange Land – Dr. Rollo Dilworth

Finale – 4:15pm MT

  • Sing-a-long of music learned during the morning session, led by Dr. Dilworth
  • Final Closing – The Rev. Talitha Arnold and Prof. Bradley Ellingboe


Presenter Bios

Dr. Rollo Dilworth

Dr. Dilworth holds degree from Case Western Reserve, the University of Missouri and the doctorate from Northwestern University. More than 150 of Dilworth’s choral compositions and arrangements have been published.  He has authored 3 books of choral warm up exercises intended for elementary and secondary choral ensembles.

A frequent presenter at local, state, regional and national conferences, Dilworth has conducted 43 all-state choirs at various levels. He has most recently appeared as guest conductor for international choral festivals and master classes in Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Ireland, and China as well as Singapore, Austria and France.

Dilworth is currently National Board Chair for Chorus America. He also holds memberships with the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Association of Negro Musicians and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). In 2017, he received the Temple University Faculty Award for Research and Creative Achievement.

Dr. James Abbington

Born in Gary, West Virginia, James Abbington received his musical education at Morehouse College (BA) and the University of Michigan (MMus, DMA). He is currently Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship at Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and adjunct professor of Church Music at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Abbington is a member of the historic Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta where he the Director of Music Ministries and Church Organist.

Abbington was Chair of the Core Committee for the historic One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: An African American Ecumenical Hymnal released in 2018. He is the author of numerous articles and publications.

In 2015 Abbington was honored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada by being named a Fellow of The Hymn Society. This award, the highest honor given by the organization, was conferred because of Abbingtons work as a scholar, editor, and practitioner of church music with a particular emphasis on African-American congregational song. He is the second Black to receive this honor; the first was Harry T. Burleigh, pioneer of the arranged and concert Negro spiritual in 1944.

Dr. Joseph Alcorn

Dr. Alcorn is a Pomona College grad, attended University of Arizona Medical school and then trained at the University of Missouri and UCSD where he joined the faculty practicing clinical medicine and using the tools of molecular biology to explore the determinants of liver scarring and regeneration. He has been in academic and clinical practice in the Albuquerque area for nearly thirty years and in choral groups most of that time.

The Rev. Talitha Arnold

The Rev. Talitha Arnold is Senior Minister of the United Church of Santa Fe, a progressive United Church of Christ congregation known for its worship, music, community outreach, and interfaith leadership. A graduate of Pomona College and Yale Divinity School, she also served as Yale’s Interim Associate Chaplain, as well as congregations in Arizona and Connecticut. Author of Worship for Vital Congregations (Pilgrim Press) and a guest speaker for the Berkshire Choral Festival, Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music, NPR’s All Things Considered, and the Santa Fe Symphony, she is also a founding member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Dr. Stevie DeJuan Springer

Dr. Springer is native of New York City by way of Texas, and now resides in New Mexico. He earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Huston-Tillotson University, a Masters in Music from the University of New Mexico, and a PhD from the University of the Southwest with a focus in Chronic Pain and Occupational Therapy. He currently hosts a Wellness show on KRQE-TV (Fox), titled “Wise and Well with Dr. Stevie DeJuan Springer.”  Dr. Springer has a private music academy, and is adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico, where he leads the UNM Gospel Choir.

Prof. Bradley Ellingboe

Prof. Bradley Ellingboe has led a wide-ranging career in the world of singing, including accomplishments as a choral conductor, soloist, composer, scholar, and teacher.

He retired from teaching in 2015 after serving on the faculty of the University of New Mexico for 30 years, where he was Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music, and Regents Lecturer.  He is a graduate of Saint Olaf College and the Eastman School of Music and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife Karen. They are the parents of three children and have four grandchildren. Ellingboe is Director of Choirs at the United Church of Santa Fe and founder and artistic director of Albuquerque’s Coro Lux (“chorus of light”).


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Paul Bushnell has spent his entire career in health care and has founded and operated several businesses in the health care field. His consulting firm, based in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, provided strategic planning and operational assistance to health care systems, hospitals and other health care provider organizations. He sold that firm to a large hospital company in Nashville and headed up the consulting division including 400 consultants. That firm went public in 1994 owning, managing and consulting to hospitals throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. He moved to Albuquerque 20 years ago, (his wife’s home town), and founded SeniorCare – a firm that provides assisted living services to elderly residents in facilities in Albuquerque. He retired several years ago and spends time singing, volunteering and working on several business ventures.

Throughout his career he has served on many Boards of both for-profit and non-organizations. These have included hospitals, health systems, life-care communities, museums and churches.

Music has been a significant part of his life since childhood, singing and playing the trumpet. He sings with the choir at St John’s Methodist, has sung bass with Coro Lux since its founding and currently serves as Treasurer of the Board.

Mike Hart is a founding shareholder/owner of Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. Mike’s prestigious legal career began in 1988, when he received his law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Since then he has dedicated his career to representing children and adults harmed by criminal, reckless and negligent conduct. Mike has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2000, and has twice earned the Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” recognition. In 2018, Mike was honored by the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association for his extraordinary 30-year career working on behalf of children and victims of sexual abuse. Other honor and awards include being recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer, being named Lawyer of the Year for personal injury in 2014 and being honored by the Albuquerque Bar Association as an Outstanding Lawyer.

Mike has been an active member of this community his entire life. He graduated from the Albuquerque Academy and went on to study fine arts at Harvard University. After graduation from Harvard, Mike worked on public policy in Washington, D.C. He’s also served on many different non-profit boards, including serving as the President of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and Legal FACS Board of Directors, the UNM Law School Alumni Association,  Crossroads for Women, and The Arc of New Mexico.

Keith Hinds has been with Merrill Lynch since 2003, after finishing a career in environmental finance. He is a 1980 graduate of George Washington University, with a BA in Public Affairs, and a native New Mexican, raised in Carlsbad. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Keith worked with companies of all sizes in the environmental industry, helping with project structuring, business expansion, and exit strategies. At Merrill Lynch, Keith works with families in all aspects of wealth management, with a special emphasis on financial planning, considerations relating to special needs, and value added client services. He is a Certified Financial Planner professional, and also holds the Chartered Special Needs Consultant designation.

Outside of work, Keith enjoys fly fishing, golf, travel and spending time with his family, which includes three daughters, their spouses and seven grandchildren. His wife, Bernadette, is a native of France and runs a small landscape design, installation and maintenance company in Albuquerque. Keith joined the Coro Lux board in the summer of 2020, and also sits on the board of the NM Brain Injury Alliance, as well as on the board of the Dominican Ecclesial Institute. He has been selected to serve as President of the Coro Lux board for the upcoming term, and looks forward to working with the community of singers and community at large to sustain, support and supplement this organization which he views as a critical component of the unique New Mexico quality of life.

Vinnessa Martinez Ohle has loved music all her life. She will fondly bring up that her first words were the chirping of “lalala.” She joined her school choir at the age of 12 and used music as an outlet for life, becoming increasingly involved in vocal training and chorus throughout her university career, graduating with a Bachelors in Music Education. Vinnessa remains engaged with a variety of people and skill levels through music. She has taught in Los Lunas Public Schools as an Elementary General Music Teacher for the past 6 years and continues to develop her skills as an educator through frequent attendance at professional conferences. In 2019 she was nominated as Teacher Of The Year for her school.

Vinnessa also spends weekends and holidays as the Music Director for her church. “Singing is good for everyone! And everyone can sing!” she claims. Although Vinnessa focuses on K-6 General Music, she has sung with a wide variety of choruses. She joined Coro Lux in 2016 and has been managing the ads process for the printed programs since 2017. She is excited to be rehearsing and continually developing her talents with Coro Lux and looks forward to the productions to come!

Kristin Thelander was on the music faculty at UNM for seven years in the 1980s, teaching horn, music history, and theory; she also performed with the Santa Fe and New Mexico symphonies.  She joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 1989 as horn professor, then became Director of the School of Music in 2000, and finally served in an administrative position for planning a beautiful new music building.  After retiring in 2016, she and her husband Wayne moved back to Albuquerque, where they enjoy singing with Coro Lux, playing golf, spending time with their children and granddaughters, and traveling.

Kristin had a rich and active performing career on both natural horn and modern horn, appearing as a horn soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, and China.  She was a featured artist at many regional and international horn workshops and international brass symposia, and she performed with summer orchestra and chamber music festivals in Colorado, New York, and Oregon.  She also recorded several CDs of solo and chamber music for both natural horn and modern horn.

Vicky Wood has been teaching music at various Albuquerque Public Schools for the past 10 years. She attended the University of New Mexico for both her Bachelors in Music Education and Masters in Elementary Education. She is certified in Kodály Level III, Orff Level II, and World Music Drumming Level I. She has been serving as Treasurer for the New Mexico Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association since 2017.

Although her career is focused on K-5 general music, Vicky is enthusiastic about choral singing and has been singing with various choirs since she was a child. She has been singing with Coro Lux since 2016 and has been serving as Secretary for the Board since 2017. She also serves the choir in the role of Volunteer Coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and various outdoor activities.


About Our Members

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.


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!


Bryan Butler has sung in church, school, community, and professional choirs since a very young age. He is a staff astronomer at the Very Large Array and has been in New Mexico for more than 20 years. He has sung locally with Quodlibet, Polyphony, and Quintessence, and is happy to be singing with Coro Lux now.


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.


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.


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!


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.


Emily Steinbach – A native New Mexican, Emily is the district music resource teacher for the APS Fine Arts Department. Previously, she taught elementary music for the APS Fine Arts Department from 2006-2019. Emily earned her Master’s in music, with an emphasis in music education in 2008 from the University of New Mexico and her Educational Leadership Certification from the University of New Mexico in 2019. Emily has a passion for jazz and running but especially loves being a mom to her son, Sebastian Miles.


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.


Artistic Director

Artistic Director

Bradley Ellingboe (http://bradleyellingboe.com) has led a wide-ranging career in the world of singing,  including accomplishments as a choral conductor, soloist, composer, scholar and teacher.  As a choral conductor he has led festival choruses in 35 states and 14 foreign countries. He made his operatic conducting debut in December, 2011, leading the world-premiere  of Stephen Paulus’s opera Shoes for the Santo Niño in a joint production by the Santa Fe Opera and the University of New Mexico.  As a bass-baritone soloist he has sung under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and Sir David Willcocks. Ellingboe has over 140 pieces of music in print, including the Requiem for chorus and orchestra, which has been performed more than 300 times in this country and Europe, and his newest work, Star Song, which had its New York debut (Lincoln Center) in May of 2014, and its European debut in July of that year.   For his scholarly work in making the songs of Edvard Grieg more accessible to the English-speaking public, he was knighted by the King of Norway in 1994. As a teacher, the University of New Mexico Alumni Association named him Faculty of the Year in 2008.

Bradley Ellingboe retired in 2015 after serving on the faculty of the University of New Mexico for 30 years, where he was Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music and Regents Lecturer.  During his three decades at UNM he also served at various times as Chairman of the Department of Music and Coordinator of Vocal Studies.  He is a graduate of Saint Olaf College and the Eastman School of Music and has done further study at the Aspen Music Festival, the Bach Aria Festival, the University of Oslo and the Vatican.

Ellingboe has won annual awards for his choral compositions from ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Arrangers and Publishers since 2000.  His choral music is widely sung and is published by Oxford, G Schirmer, Augsburg, Walton, GIA, Hal Leonard, Mark Foster, Choristers Guild, Alliance, Concordia, Selah, and particularly the Neil A. Kjos Music Company, for whom he edits two series of choral octavos.  His music has been performed and recorded by such groups as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Philip Brunelle’s VocalEssence, the Saint Olaf Choir, the Harvard Glee Club, Craig Hella Johnson’s Conspirare, and the choirs of the University of Michigan and Luther College, among many others. In January of 2017 he became Editor of the National Music Publishers company.

He has prepared choirs for such luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Moses Hogan, Alice Parker, Morten Lauridsen, René Clausen and Robert Ray. At the request of composer Libby Larsen the UNM Women’s Chorus, Las Cantantes, recorded all Larsen’s music for treble chorus.  He was guest conductor of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale in a series of concerts in December, 2011.

Since 2015 Ellingboe has served as Director of the Sanctuary Choir at the United Church of Santa Fe, with whom Coro Lux often partners. He has been married to Karen (Hersey) Ellingboe since 1981. They have three children and four grandchildren.


Mission Statement

Coro Lux Mission Statement

Coro Lux (“Chorus of Light”): a non­profit organization dedicated to the preparation and performance of great choral music for the enrichment and delight of our audiences and ourselves, and to propagating love of the choral art in the next generation of singers.