Santa Fe Pro Musica Educational Outreach Programs
Since 1980, Santa Fe Pro Musica has been committed to a multi-faceted music education program for the people of northern New Mexico. This approach allows us to meet the needs of a wide range of students, from children who are attending a classical music event for the first time, to those whose music goals may be college and career oriented, and to adults who desire to know more about music. Pro Musica provides a variety of opportunities to help you develop a life-long relationship with the power of music!
Meet the Music – Get Perspective!
Music Director Thomas O’Connor presents 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 the concert. Meet the Music is free to ticket-holders and is scheduled one hour before each orchestra concert at the Lensic. Meet the Music is not available before Loretto Chapel concerts or string quartet concerts. For information about Thomas O’Connor, click the Meet the Music tab above.
The 2015-2016 Youth Concerts
At each Youth Concert, conductor Thomas O’Connor, with the assistance of the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra, leads the students through an introduction to musical instruments, program-specific guided listening experiences and a question-and–answer session. These one-hour concerts are free to all public schools, private schools, and home-school students, grades K through 12.
For more information, click the Youth Concerts tab above.
CHAMPS! (Chamber Music Program for Students)
The Santa Fe Pro Musica CHAMPS! 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 teamwork, responsibility, cooperation, and commitment, all the while playing great music with their friends!
For more information click the CHAMPS! tab above
Santa Fe Pro Musica provides free master classes for area music students (younger and older!) and the general public. This season the New Orford and the St. Lawrence String Quartets will each present a 90-minute 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.
For more information, click on the Master Classes tab above.
This prestigious program, by invitation only, was established ten years ago by Santa Fe Pro Musica to provide professional performing experiences for young musicians who demonstrate a high level of skill and maturity. Young musicians who exhibit these qualities are invited to join the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra to participate in rehearsals and performances at the professional level. The 2015-2016 Apprentice Artist is violinist Maggie King, a senior at the New Mexico School for the Arts.
For more information, click on the Apprentice Artist tab above.
Meet the Music Maestro!
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.
The 2015-2016 Season Youth Concert Series
Season Opening Orchestra
A triple, a treat and tarantulas!
Friday, September 18 at 10am at the Lensic
Music by Beethoven, Lowry, and Mendelssohn
Prince of clouds
Out-of-this-world string playing!
Friday November 6 at 10am at the Lensic
Music by Bach, Anna Clyne, Elgar, and Shostakovich
Inspired by nature!
Friday, January 22 at 10am at the Lensic
Music by Beethoven and Grieg
The Lark Ascending
A colorful musical world!
Friday March 4 at 10am at the Lensic
Music by Haydn, Vaughan Williams, and Prokofiev
The Classics and the 21st century wonder girl!
Friday, April 22 at 10am at the Lensic
Music by Mozart, Caroline Shaw, and Beethoven
To sign up for one or more of the concerts,
please contact Jess Keller at 505-988-4640, ext 1000 or email
The Youth Concert Series is made possible through underwriting from the
Fasken Family Foundation.
The Santa Fe Pro Musica CHAMPS! (Chamber Music Program for Students) is designed for all young musicians from grade school through high school who wish to explore the unique art of chamber music. Small groups, from trios to sextets, 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 environment, and works intensely toward its performance goals.
For more information, contact CHAMPS! coordinator Gail Robertson:
505-660-1145 or email
The CHAMPS! program is made possible through underwriting from
John King (Paper Tiger)
Candace and Frank Norris
Santa Fe Pro Musica provides free master classes for area music students (younger and older!) and the general public. This season the New Orford and the St. Lawrence String Quartets will each present a 90-minute class. These classes will feature selected students and string ensembles performing for 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.
New Orford String Quartet
Saturday, October 10, 2015
St. Francis Auditorium, Santa Fe
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Sunday, February 7, 2015
St. Francis Auditorium, Santa Fe
For more information, contact Carol Redman, Associate Music Director, email
The Santa Fe Pro Musica Master Classes are underwritten by
Bernard and Josephine van der Hoeven
Maggie King is the Santa Fe Pro Musica Apprentice Artist for the 2015-2016 season. She is a native of Santa Fe, and a senior at the New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA). Maggie began playing violin at the age of 3, and has played in many ensembles in the northern New Mexico area including the Santa Fe Youth Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic, the New Mexico All State Symphonic Orchestra, and Santa Fe Pro Musica CHAMPS! She studied violin with Rick Lohmann and Santa Fe Talent Education for nine years and currently studies with Kerri Lay at NMSA.
Maggie spent this past summer studying music at the University of Denver (Lamont School of Music Intensive) and Oberlin College (Sphinx Summer Academy). She has also attended the prestigious Preludio Program at Ithaca College in New York. She has received awards and scholarships including the Jackie McGehee Young Artist Competition, Performance Santa Fe Public School Scholarship, and the Allie M. Norris Youth Leadership Scholarship.
Maggie enjoys mentoring younger students through the Youth Symphony programs, Santa Fe Talent Education, and NMSA’s Visiting Artist Program. In her spare time, you can find her busking at Cathedral Park, or reading fantasy novels, drawing, painting, practicing sign language, swimming and skiing.
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