Kathy Olszowka, Bass

In addition to being a bassist for The Santa Fe Symphony, Kathy also plays for Santa Fe Pro Musica, and has been playing for the New Mexico Philharmonic (formerly the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra) since 1999. Kathy graduated from Indiana University.

Peter Erb, Horn

New Orleans native Peter Erb joined The Santa Fe Symphony Horn section in 2013. He has held positions with The Phoenix Symphony, Louisville Orchestra and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and continues to perform as Principal Horn in the Arizona Opera Orchestra and the New Mexico Philharmonic....

Sheila McLay, Violin II

Sheila began playing melodies by ear on the organ at age three, and took up violin, piano, and clarinet when she was nine. At 12 she was studying with UNM professor Morton Schoenfeld on piano, and at 14 with UNM professor Leonard Felberg on violin….

Carlos Vázquez Baur, Tenor

Born and raised in Santa Fe, Carlos Andres Vázquez Baur began his musical journey with the Cathedral Basilica choirs and marimba band, singing in multiple masses and large events including the 400th Anniversary Mass and at Carnegie Hall, and starred in staged productions with Pandemonium…

Devin DeVargas, Bass-Baritone

Devin DeVargas, bass-baritone, brings a warm refreshing presence coupled with a resonant and commanding sound to the opera stage. Most recently, he appeared as Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro at Red River Lyric Opera, and as the Congregation Leader and Shipmaster in Lori Laitman’s…

Handel’s Messiah Soloists 2023

Praised for her “full, focused soprano,” Caitlin Gotimer makes her role debut as Tosca with Arizona Opera followed by her Dallas Opera debut as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte in the 2022–2023 season. She joins the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice program during this summer…

Craig Terry, Piano

Grammy Award winning pianist and arranger Craig Terry enjoys an international career regularly performing with the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Currently Craig serves as Music Director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago after having served…

Beethoven’s Ninth Soloists

Teresa Perrotta, Soprano Soprano Teresa Perrotta is a 2023 Grand Finals Winner of The Metropolitan Opera’s Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition and a first-year Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera. In the 2022-2023 season, she made her Kennedy Center debut as Fünfte Magd in…

Ana María Martínez, Soprano

Grammy Award® winner Ana María Martínez is considered to be one of the foremost sopranos of her time, with an international career that spans the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls. A winner of the 15th Annual Opera News Awards, her repertoire encompasses...

Thomas Heuser, Guest Conductor

American conductor Thomas Heuser has been widely recognized for his stirring leadership and energetic presence both onstage and in the community. Currently he serves as Music Director of the Idaho Falls Symphony in Idaho Falls, Idaho, as well as the San Juan Symphony, an innovative...

Emma Scherer, Executive Director

Emma Scherer joined The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus as Executive Director in September of 2021, stewarding The Symphony into a triumphant return to live performances with its 2021–2022 Season, amid the ongoing global pandemic. With deep ties to New Mexico, including an extensive…

Gloria Velasco, Violin II

Violinist Gloria Velasco has been playing with The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra since it was founded in 1984. She is a retired Albuquerque Public School orchestra teacher and still works for APS as a mentor for first-year music teachers. Gloria also runs music clinics, judges…

Ruxandra Marquardt, Violin

Romanian-born violinist Ruxandra Simionescu-Marquardt attended the ‘George Enescu’ School of Music and Conservatory of Music in Bucharest, where she was profoundly influenced by professors Stefan Gheorghiu and Modest Iftinchi. As a young musician, she won several prizes and medals in international competitions such as “Concertino”...

Program Notes | American Classics

Sunday, February 18, 2024 / 4:00 pm GALA FLAGELLO Born 1994, Westwood, NJ Vitality Vitality (2022) was written for the Aspen Conducting Academy 2022 orchestral readings and was inspired by a quote by Martha Graham: “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening, that...