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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.


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June, 2021

Dear friends,

I’m happy to say we’re emerging from the darkness of quarantine into the sunlight of once again being able to raise our voices in song. Hallelujah!

After three virtual rehearsals this spring, followed by two in-person rehearsals, Coro Lux gave the “informalest” of concerts on May 25th outside the lovely north valley home of the Vrapis. This was followed by a social hour, including libations and an Argentinian-themed menu, coordinated by our own Antoinette Utsinger. It was grand to sing together again!

Going forward I’m delighted to say our Board has voted to resume rehearsals on Tuesday, September 7th. Plans are still being developed and, of course, nothing is carved in stone as we grope our way forward, but as of today’s date we’ve already rescheduled the concert originally planned for Dave Brubeck’s 100th birthday which we had to postpone in 2020, we’ve booked our 4th annual FebFest, featuring the inestimable Rosephanye Powell, and have rebooked our performance of my Requiem for chorus and orchestra with the New Mexico Philharmonic. Check elsewhere on this site for our upcoming concerts!

The quarantine has made all of us take stock of what’s most important in our lives— which things we want to resume and which, after careful consideration, we are no longer drawn to. Coro Lux has taken this time to strengthen our Board and improve our processes. But most importantly, if there was ever any doubt that singing is an important and deeply human activity, I think that doubt has been eradicated once and for all.

Welcome back!

Brad

Bradley Ellingboe
Founder and Artistic Director

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 info@abqcorolux.org.

CORO LUX EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT POSTING

 

RECOGNITION OF RISKS

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is reported to be extremely contagious. The state of medical knowledge is evolving, but people reportedly can be infected and show no symptoms and therefore spread the disease. The exact methods of spread and contraction are unknown. Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life threatening illness and even death.

ABQ Coro Lux (hereafter CL) cannot prevent you from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while rehearsing with the ensemble. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to participate with CL you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK: I have read and understood the above warning concerning COVID-19. I hereby choose to accept the risk of contracting COVID-19 for myself in order to participate in choir events. Said services are of such value to me that I accept the risk of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 in order to participate.

WAIVER OF LAWSUIT/LIABILITY: I hereby forever release and waive my right to bring suit against CL and its owners, officers, directors, managers, officials, trustees, agents, employees, or other representatives in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to utilizing CL’s services. I understand that this waiver means I give up my right to bring any claims including for personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, including but not limited to claims of negligence and give up any claim I may have to seek damages, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen.

CHOICE OF LAW: I understand and agree that the laws of the State of New Mexico will apply to this agreement.

 

CORO LUX STATEMENT ON INCLUSIVITY

Coro Lux is built on the ideal of “doing good as we do well.” We believe that in diversity there is strength. We believe the voices of the world should be heard, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. In the past we have used our concerts to call for peace and to benefit charitable causes, and we will redouble our efforts going forward. Through our art we sing for a better world.

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