Dr. Regina Carlow leads Dolce Suono, an all-male chorus made up of music majors and minors, as well as interested singers from throughout the UNM campus. The group sings a broad range of repertoire. Auditions are required, but open to all students.
Las Cantantes (The University of New Mexico’s Womens’ Ensemble) is a highly select group of 25-30 women who come from all areas of the Albuquerque campus. They perform the masterpieces of the treble voice repertoire and sing acapella, with harp, organ, percussion, piano, brass and at times with wind instruments. Highlights include touring in 2009, 2012, 2014 to NYC; working with music legends like Dave Brubeck, Alice Parker, Morten Lauridsen, and Andrew Carter; in recent years making 3 recordings with the RavenCD label which have all received favorable reviews in The American Organist, The Diapason, and The American Record Guide; broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country. Dr. Maxine Thevenot is the director of this ensemble, since 2007.
This ensemble studies, rehearses and performs the finest literature written for treble voices. The ensemble has performed in many beautiful spaces such as the Loretto Chapel (Santa Fe), the UNM Alumni Chapel (ABQ), The Cathedral of St. John (ABQ), St Ignatius Loyola (NYC), The Cathedral of the Incarnation (NYC), Trinity Wall Street (NYC), and Church of the Heavenly Rest (NYC).
The University Chorus is the chorus with the longest continuous history at UNM, dating back to at least the mid-1920’s. Today the group enjoys a well-deserved reputation of providing the community with fine performances. Since its beginning the group has functioned as a “town and gown” oratorio society. This choir of appoximately 140 singers draws its membership from a remarkable mix of students, faculty, staff and community members of all ages and walks of life. Their diversity is united through a deep love of choral singing. It is one of the largest choral groups in New Mexico. The University Chorus, directed by Juan Hernández, is a non-auditioned group which performs a major choral work with orchestra each semester.
Professor Hernández is also the director of the Concert Choir, a highly select mixed-voice (SATB) ensemble of approximately 40 singers specializing in the study, preparation and performance of the outstanding choral literature from all periods of musical history. Tryouts are required for participation and are open to music majors, non-music majors, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.
The Chamber Singers
The Chamber Singers were formed in 2014 as an elite sixteen-member auditioned group of students (mostly graduate and undergraduate performance majors). All students in this ensemble receive scholarships for their participation. This group serves as the core group for the Graduate Choral Conducting recitals. This ensemble is directed by Dr. Kristin Ditlow.