The Santa Fe Symphony Chorus has a considerable history of musical excellence in choral performance. The Chorus of Santa Fe was founded in 1979, five years before The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra. In 1986, that group joined The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra to form the present organization known as The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. As a result, The Symphony gained a choral component, and the choir acquired an orchestra to provide symphonic settings to choral music.
Membership in The Symphony Chorus is voluntary. We are committed to polished, well-rehearsed performances meeting the very highest of professional standards. The cost of sheet music, vocal workshops, and study aids is defrayed by annual dues assessed each member and payable to the treasurer at the first rehearsal. The Symphony pays the salaries of the Choral Director and a rehearsal pianist.
Membership is by audition, and members are expected to re-audition every year to remain in the choir. The Choral Director holds auditions and has the final word about the participation of any chorister.
A communication tool for current singers, accompanists, directors, and supporters, these pages comprise the Chorus Handbook, Rules of Operation, and current season schedule, which include information on scores, allowed absences, and rehearsal recordings. Each season we will also provide a member roster directory containing contact information for the Choral Director, Chorus Council members, and our rehearsal pianist, as well as a list of all current choristers.
We will sing your praises when you support the Symphony Choral Arts in Santa Fe! Funds go to workshops that develop singing skills and other educational tools, enabling our singers to perform choral works at the highest level of mastery.
Since 1996, Dr. Linda Raney has directed The Santa Fe Symphony Chorus. Indiana University provided Dr. Raney with an excellent music education, and she holds doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from that famous institution.