Our Chorus

Experience exciting repertoire from the Renaissance to the 21st century, under the direction of Choral Director, Carmen Flórez Mansi, and Principal Conductor, Guillermo Figueroa. Our 80+ member Symphony Chorus is presents professional-quality orchestral and choral concerts, as well as education and outreach programs for adults and school children. Performing a regular subscription series at the 790-seat Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center, The Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus is a community-focused musical organization. It is one of two fully professional, full-sized symphony orchestras in the state of New Mexico and is the largest professional symphonic organization in Santa Fe with a full volunteer chorus.

Our Mission

The Santa Fe Symphony Chorus is dedicated to creating a musical community rich with cultural and intellectual diversity, performing selected choral works to the highest level of mastery. We accomplish this in partnership with The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, performing major choral symphonic works.

History of The Chorus

The Santa Fe Symphony Chorus has a considerable history of musical excellence in choral performance. Founded in 1986 by local musicians, under the direction of former executive director Gregory W. Heltman, The Symphony gave its first performance on September 2, 1984 at a free concert given at the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe. That initial concert included a Rossini overture, Handel’s Water Music, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. Donations totaled $1,800, which were later supplemented by further contributions. The Chorus of Santa Fe (The Santa Fe Symphony Chorus) was founded five years earlier in 1979 and merged with The Symphony in 1986. As a result, The Symphony gained a “choral component” and The Chorus “acquired an orchestra” to provide symphonic settings to choral music. In 1997, Dr. Linda Raney became The Symphony’s first choral director. After Dr. Raney retired in 2018, Carmen Flórez-Mansi was selected as The Symphony’s new Choral Director, prior to the arrival of The Symphony’s new executive director Daniel M. Crupi’s who joined the organization in the spring of 2019, following Heltman’s retirement after 35 years.

Lift your voice and sing!

Membership in The Symphony Chorus is voluntary. The Symphony Chorus is 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. The Choral Director holds auditions annually for all singers and has the final word about the participation of any chorister. All members are expected to re-audition every year to remain in the choir.

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.

Carmen Flórez Mansi, choral director

Become a friend of the Chorus!

We will sing your praises when you support the choral arts in Santa Fe. Your gift will support operational costs of presenting choral masterworks performed with the full Symphony Orchestra and provide educational tools for our choristers. Help our singers blossom and donate today. For more information, please call The Symphony office at 505.983.3530 or email symphony@santafesymphony.org.

Chorus Council

Richard Schacht,
    president and board representative
Diana Dallas, treasurer
Bruce Bradford, secretary
Bettina Milliken, librarian
David Moore, at large
Charlotte Sandalin, at large

 

Carmen Flórez Mansi, choral director, ex officio 
Laurie Frantz, chorus manager, ex officio 
© 2020 The Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus