Kathleen Echols-Crumbacher graduated summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. As a soprano in the several choirs of the college, she sang at Carnegie Hall and Avery-Fischer Hall under the batons of John Adams, Alan Gilbert, and Sir Roger Norrington. She studied voice and music history in Vienna, Austria, where her love for Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert swelled.

After graduation, Kathleen packed up her car and left New Jersey to start a new life in New Mexico. This trip began her great endeavor to hula-hoop in all 50 states (she currently has 47 completed).

Kathleen has been the music teacher at Santo Nino Regional Catholic School since 2012. At the school, she teaches music to Pre-K through 6th grade and directs the children’s choir which sang at Carnegie Hall in June 2017 under the baton of Carmen Flórez-Mansi. Kathleen provides opportunities for the kids to rock out on the marimbas, arranging songs so that they can play everything from church hymns to Classical and Romantic works, Christmas carols to African and Spanish folk songs, and Maroon 5 to Star Wars.

Kathleen serves as pianist at Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Church and teaches private piano lessons.

Kathleen is thrilled to sing with The Santa Fe Symphony Chorus this year and hopes to have a lifetime of singing with the community.