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Santa Fe Pro Musica educational outreach programs

For more information contact the Santa Fe Pro Musica office at 505-988-4640 or email

Meet the Music – Get Perspective!
Music Director Thomas O’Connor and guest lecturers present pre-concert talks, taking listeners inside the music with interesting stories about the composers and their music. He demonstrates and illustrates with excerpts, clues and cues, increasing your understanding and enjoyment of the music that you will hear on that evening’s concert. Meet the Music is free to ticket-holders and is scheduled one hour before each orchestra concert at the Lensic and St. Francis Auditorium. (Meet the Music is not available before Loretto Chapel concerts). Click the 'Meet the Music' tab above


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Information for Teachers

The 2013-2014 Youth Concerts
The Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra provides live concert experiences for more than 2,500 area students each season. These one-hour concerts are free to all public schools, private schools, and home-schooled families. Seating is limited and filled on a first come/first served basis. Pre-concert study materials are available online before each concert and include music history, composers’ biographies, guided listening, directed activities and relevant links. Click the 'Youth Concerts' tab above for more information.

CHAMPS! (Chamber Music Program for Students)
The Santa Fe Pro Musica CHAMPS! program provides young musicians, grade school through high school, the opportunity to sharpen their musical and social skills through chamber music. Supervised and coached by Santa Fe Pro Musica professional musicians, students of similar age and ability are grouped into ensembles from trios to sextets. During the school year, these ensembles meet with their coaches, learn team-work, cooperation, responsibility and commitment, all the while playing great music with their friends. These groups are presented in a spectacular year-end concert on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10am in St. Francis Auditorium. Click the 'CHAMPS! tab above for more information.

Grand CHAMPS!
Participation in chamber music is not limited to Santa Fe’s younger students. Grand CHAMPS! invites post high school age adult amateur musicians to join with their peers for in-depth investigation and preparation of chamber music. Santa Fe Pro Musica coaches assist with the creation of ensembles, selection of music, rehearsal scheduling and concert preparation. Pre-existing ensembles are welcome too! The year-end Grand CHAMPS! Grand Finale presents the ensembles in a fun, supportive and informal performance, complete with food and lively conversation. Click the 'Grand CHAMPS! tab above for more information.

Master Classes
Santa Fe Pro Musica provides free master classes for area music students and the general public. This season the Jasper String Quartet and the Variation Trio (with pianist Benjamin Hochman) will each present a 2-hour class. These classes will feature selected student string ensembles performing for these master teachers who will impart their advice, suggestions, experiences and wisdom, working with the students in front of an actively engaged audience. This give-and-take between audience, students and masters is always lively and inspiring. Click the 'Master Classes' tab above for more information.

Meet the Music Meet the Music

Thomas O’Connor is Music Director, Conductor and co-founder (along with his wife Carol Redman) of Santa Fe Pro Musica, and former Artistic Director of the Ernest Bloch Music Festival on the coast of Oregon. As an oboist he has performed with the Le Domaine Forget International Festival (Canada), Oregon Bach Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Oregon Festival of American Music, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival (California), Boston Baroque, Maryland Handel Festival, American Bach Soloists (San Francisco), the Bach Ensemble (New York and Aspen), Music from Angel Fire, Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He has made recordings with Sony, Dorian and Telarc and is a 2008 Grammy nominee (Best Classical Album/Small Ensemble). When not absorbed in music, Tom likes to explore the scenic highways and byways of Northern New Mexico, especially the ones with curves.

 

 

 

 

Youth Concerts

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Santa Fe Pro Musica’s Youth Concert Series has reached more than 35,000 children and youth since its inception in 1994. At each Youth Concert, conductor Thomas O’Connor, with the assistance of the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra, leads the assembled students through an introduction to musical instruments, program-specific guided listening experiences and a question-and-answer session. Youth concerts are free and open to public school, private school and home-schooled students, grades K through 12. Each concert is one hour long. To enroll in the Youth Concert Series or to sign up for one or more of the concerts, please contact Joy McGrath at 505.988.4640, ext. 1000, or email.

Friday January 24, 2014 at 10am
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Hear the 20th century American composer Samuel Barber’s energetic and poetic Violin Concerto performed by University of New Mexico’s award-winning violin professor Cármelo de los Santos, plus Beethoven’s exciting Symphony No. 1.

Friday February 28, 2014 at 10am
St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art
Hear dramatic orchestra music written by the 20th century composers Debussy, Mahler and Shostakovich that captures the sights and sounds of nature, as well as elements of politics, war and human struggle.

(The Youth Concert Series is made possible through underwriting from the Fasken Foundation)

CHAMPS!

The Santa Fe Pro Musica CHAMPS! (Chamber Music for Students) is designed for all young musicians from grade school through high school who wish to explore the unique art of chamber music. Chamber groups are formed from students of similar age and skills and are coached throughout the academic year by professional musicians. Each ensemble learns how to rehearse in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere, and works intensely toward its performance in the spectacular year-end concert on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10am in St. Francis Auditorium.

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The program is currently enrolling students for the 2013-14 school year. A fee of $225 covers 12 coached rehearsals and the spring concert.

CHAMPS! Hello (click here)
CHAMPS! FAQs, (click here)
CHAMPS! Registration (click here)
CHAMPS! Financial Aid (click here)
For more information contact CHAMPS! coordinator Gail Robertson emailChamps

Grand Champs

Participation in chamber music is not limited to Santa Fe’s younger students. Grand CHAMPS! (Chamber Music for Adults) invites post high school age adult amateur musicians to join with their peers for in-depth investigation and preparation of chamber music. Santa Fe Pro Musica coaches assist with the creation of ensembles, selection of music, rehearsal scheduling and concert preparation. Pre-existing ensembles are welcome too! The year-end Grand Champs Grand Finale presents the ensembles in a fun, supportive and informal performance, complete with food and lively conversation. The program is currently enrolling avid musical amateurs for the 2013-14 season. A fee of $225 covers 8 coached rehearsals and the Grand Finale Concert (date tbd).

Grand CHAMPS! Introduction (click here)
Grand CHAMPS! FAQs (click here)
Grand CHAMPS! Registration (click here)

For more information contact Grand CHAMPS! coordinator Gail Robertson email

Grand Champs

Master classes
Santa Fe Pro Musica provides free master classes for area music students and the general public. This season the Jasper String Quartet and the Variation Trio (with pianist Benjamin Hochman) will each present a 2-hour class. These classes will feature selected student string ensembles performing for these master teachers who will impart their advice, suggestions, experiences and wisdom, working with the students in front of an actively engaged audience. This give-and-take between audience, students and masters is always lively and inspiring.

Groups selected to perform in the Master Classes will be based upon recommendations from CHAMPS! and Grand CHAMPS! coaches and music faculty at the New Mexico School for the Arts.

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Jasper String Quartet Master Class
Sunday November 10, 2013, 9am-11am,
St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe

Variation Trio Master Class
Saturday March 15, 2014, 2pm-4pm
St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe