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.
Youth Concert Study Materials (This page will be updated in early September 2016, so please check back later.)
The 2016-2017 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 Brentano and the Calidore 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 eleven 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 2016-2017 Apprentice Artist is cellist Sam Barrett, 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 2016-2017 Season Youth Concert Series
Revolutionaries and Romantics
Friday, September 16 at 10am at the Lensic
Music by Beethoven, Jennifer Higdon and Samuel Barber
Ladder to the Moon: musical storytelling
Friday, November 4 at 10am at the Lensic
Music by Michael Daugherty, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Franz Schubert
Russian Masters: music of sweeping style and tempestuous spirits
Friday, January 27 at 10am at the Lensic
Music by Bach, Stravinsky, Anna Clyne and Prokofiev
Beethoven Piano Concertos: grandiose dimensions, profound utterances, and unprecedented power!
Friday, April 28 at 10am at the Lensic
Music by Beethoven
To sign up for one or more of the concerts,
please contact Jess Keller at 505-988-4640, ext 1000 or email
Click here for the 2016-2017 Youth Concert Flyer (The 2016-2017 Youth Concert Flyer is currently in production.)
Click here for Youth Concert Study Materials (This page will be updated in early September 2016, so please check back later.)
The Youth Concert Series is made possible through underwriting from the
Fasken Family Foundation.
Chamber Music Program for Students
CHAMPS! is Santa Fe’s chamber music training program for young musicians from grade school through high school ages and from beginning to advanced levels. There are two CHAMPS! sessions a year – one in the fall and one in the spring semester. Ensembles of three to six students rehearse with a professional chamber music coach over the course of several weeks in preparation for a public concert. These ensembles learn teamwork, responsibility, cooperation, and commitment, all the while playing great music with their friends. If there were a running commentary during a CHAMPS! performance, it might sound like this:
“Violin 1 has the tune. She’s carrying it up the court. Wow! Look at her go. Cello is guarding the baseline. Tricky rhythm here, uh oh, a sudden change of key. Violin I drops the ball! But here’s Violin 2! He’s got the tune! Violin 2 takes his time while Viola gets in position. Pass to Viola! Viola starts up – NO! It’s a deceptive cadence! Viola makes a perfect behind-the-back pass to Cello. What a team! With 45 seconds to go, the tempo’s really picking up! It’s a full chord press. Cello passes to Violin 2! Violin 2 to Viola! Viola to Violin 1! Violin 1 goes up. . . just listen to that crescendo! And from 5th position it’s a 3 pointer! That’s the game, folks! THE CHAMPS! ARE CHAMPIONS ONCE AGAIN!”
The CHAMPS! project is made possible through underwriting from
Duane Henry and Yongtae Kim-Henry
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 Brentano and the Calidore 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.
Brentano String Quartet
Sunday, January 15, 2017
St. Francis Auditorium, Santa Fe
Calidore String Quartet
Sunday, March 4, 2017
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
This prestigious program, by invitation only, was established eleven 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 2016-2017 Apprentice Artist is cellist Sam Barrett, a senior at the New Mexico School for the Arts.
Sam Barrett is the Santa Fe Pro Musica Apprentice Artist for the 2016-2017 season. He began studying the piano at the age of eight in Oak Ridge, TN and then picked up the cello at the age of nine so he could play in the 4th grade orchestra. In 2010 his family moved back to his home state of New Mexico, where he began studying cello with Carla Lehmeier-Tatum. He has been privileged to play in many ensembles, including the Idyllwild Summer Symphony Orchestra, East Mountain High School’s Recording Arts program, and the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, in performances ranging from Popejoy Hall (Albuquerque), the Lensic Performing Arts Center (Santa Fe), Carnegie Hall (New York), and Costa Rica’s National Theater. He is the 2016 Second-Place Winner in the Strings Division of the Music Guild of New Mexico’s Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition, and was honored with a performance with the New Mexico Philharmonic. Sam is a senior at the New Mexico School for the Arts and thrives there in its art-focused environment.
While most of his focus is on music, whether it be in a classical environment or in his band, “The Frets and The Fretless,” he also enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and anything that gets him outside.
505.988.4640 / 800.960.6680 - santa fe pro musica © 2016-2017