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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 variety of students, from those who are attending a classical music event for the first time, to those whose music goals may be college and career oriented. We also offer programs for adults who are eager to learn more about music, and projects where they create their own 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 and St. Francis Auditorium. 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

The 2014-2015 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

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 yearly Grand CHAMPS! Grand Finale presents the ensembles in a fun, supportive and informal concert, complete with food and lively conversation.

For more information, click on the Grand CHAMPS! tab above.

Master Classes
Santa Fe Pro Musica provides free master classes for area music students (younger and older!) and the general public. These two-hour 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. Our stellar roster of master teachers this season includes the St. Lawrence, Brentano and Szymanowski String Quartets, Pro Musica Conductor and Music Director Thomas O’Connor, and one of the world’s most famous and magical violinists (to be confirmed)!

For more information, click on the Master Classes tab above.


Meet the Music 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 2014-2015 Season Youth Concert Series

youth concerts

Friday, September 19 at 10am at the Lensic: Beethoven
Friday, November 7 at 10am in St. Francis Auditorium: Transfigured Night
Friday, January 23 at 10am at the Lensic: Classical Weekend
Friday, February 27 at 10am at the Lensic: Midori

To sign up for one or more of the concerts,
please contact Jessie Ayala at 505-988-4640, ext 1000 or email

Click here for the 2014-2015 Youth Concert Flyer
Click here for Youth Concert Study Materials

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.


This program is offered semi-annually, with fall and spring sessions. The fall semester is geared toward performing at the NMMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, December 13, 2014. The spring semester culminates in a spectacular year-end concert on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Click here for a CHAMPS! brochure.

For more information, contact CHAMPS! coordinator Gail Robertson:
505-660-1145 or email

The CHAMPS! program is made possible through underwriting from

Anonymous gift
Mara Robinson
John King (Paper Tiger)
Candace and Frank Norris


Grand Champs

Grand CHAMPS! is a spring semester-only project, culminating in a late May or early June Grand CHAMPS! Grand Finale (date to be confirmed). As details become finalized they will be uploaded to this website. For more information, contact CHAMPS! coordinator Gail Robertson at 505-660-1145, email

Grand Champs

Master Classes
Santa Fe Pro Musica is still in the process of confirming all dates and locations for our outstanding Master Class series, but here are some approximations and enticements! Please check back later for confirmations.

St. Lawrence String Quartet
Sunday, October 5, 2014, from 9am to 11am

Santa Fe Pro Musica Conductor and Music Director Thomas O’Connor
Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 10am to 12pm

Szymanowski String Quartet
Sunday, February 8, 2015, from 9am to 11am

Brentano String Quartet
Sunday, March 8, 2015, from 9am to 11am

Santa Fe Pro Musica conductor and Music Director Thomas O’Connor
Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 10am to 12pm

And, we are working on the details that could feature our special guest, superstar violinist Midori!

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