Our Staff

George Arthur, Art Director, has been drawing, painting and sculpting his whole life and graduated from the leading School of Visual Arts in New York. He served for 33 years as Executive Design Director at Consumer Reports where he was responsible for the design of the magazine, website, books, and special publications. He was instrumental in the interior and external design of the Consumer Reports headquarters building in Westchester, NY. Before that he art directed the design of Sport Magazine and designed the content and covers for Life Magazine. George is a prize-winning photographer and a designer of many books, posters and websites.

Since its inception in 2015, George has been Board President of Coro Lux and a singer in the bass section.  He is the principal at George Arthur Design, located in Placitas, New Mexico, which specializes in graphic design and wood sculpture.

He has been a volunteer docent and graphic designer at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for 7 years with a special interest in the murals of the native Pueblo artists. George also designed a 12′ mural for the permanent exhibit, “We are of this Place,” celebrating the organization’s 40 th anniversary. George was selected as the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s  “Volunteer of the Year” in 2017, the first year of the program.

Gabrielle Dietrich, Associate Conductor and Director of the El Faro Youth Chorus, (gdietrich227@gmail.com) has been leading youth choirs since 2000, and she finds incredible joy in helping young people find their voice. A graduate of University of the Pacific, University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary, Dr. Dietrich has sung, taught, and conducted across the United States and in Ireland, the UK, Hungary, and Austria. From 2012-2021, Gabrielle was an Associate Teaching Professor of Music at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, where she also served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Young People’s Chorus of Erie, northwest Pennsylvania’s only comprehensive youth choral program. She currently serves as the executive director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) New Mexico. Gabrielle is thrilled to call Albuquerque her new home, and she is grateful and excited to be a part of the Coro Lux team.

Angelynn Gomez, Administrator, was born and raised in Albuquerque and was drawn to music from a young age. She studied piano as a child and played the ‘cello in the Albuquerque Youth Orchestra as a teen, but it was choral music that truly captured her heart. She sang in the Cibola High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Ryan Hatch, and participated in the NMMEA All-State mixed choir for two years, going on to complete her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of New Mexico. Annie became acquainted with Bradley Ellingboe in college, as he was then UNM’s Director of Choral Activities. She began singing with the Coro Lux Oratorio Society and Chamber Chorus in 2018. Annie directed the choral program at James Monroe Middle School from 2014 to 2022 before becoming a stay at home mom, then joining the Coro Lux staff in 2023 as the Executive Assistant. In her free time, Annie enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her wonderful husband, Leo, and vivacious daughter, Margo. (annie.gomez@abqcorolux.org)


Raul Manjarrez grew up in Albuquerque and earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Raul has been doing music and theatre professionally for 20 years. While living in NC he worked as a collaborative pianist at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and played for many theatre productions.

In Albuquerque he has played for organizations such as Musical Theatre Southwest, Hold the Applause Productions, Opera Unlimited, Opera Southwest, and The Adobe Theater. Mr. Manjarrez has also accompanied middle school, high school, and church choirs in the past. Raul is very happy to be the accompanist for El Faro Youth Chorus this fall.

Mary Ann Ybarra is the pianist for Coro Lux and a favorite of chorus members and audiences alike. Recently she retired from her collaborative work both at UNM and throughout the metropolitan area where she lived out her dreams of performing with faculty and students in recitals, opera and orchestral productions. Now, when she’s not playing with Coro Lux, she keeps herself busy pursuing all those activities and adventures that she could only dream about.  Dr. Ybarra hold degrees from Texas Tech, Catholic University, and University of Texas-Austin.