Meet the Ensemble
Front row L to R: Alicia Solomon, Sue Smithson, Jill McCormick
Middle Row: Linda Wieseman, Marty Noss Wilder, Mickey Bond, Linda Rice Beck, Connie Romero, Susan Phillips, Linda Raney
Top Row: Barbara Doern Drew, Nancy Maret, Julie Kirk, Lydia Madrick, Gwen Gilligan, Sue Katz, Bill Epstein, Connie Marks
Not pictured: Kehar Koslowsky
Photo Courtesy of Ken Kirk
Linda Rice Beck, soprano, also sings with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and First Presbyterian Choir. A published composer and ASCAP member, Linda's music has been commissioned and performed by community, university and church choirs. She was honored to be the Ensemble's commissioned composer in 2008 and 2014.
, alto, joined the Ensemble in 2006. An abstract painter, she is the curator of themed shows and special events at Jay Etkin Gallery in Memphis. Mickey is opening a new art studio and workshop near Abiquiú, NM. You can see her work at www. mickeybond.com.
Barbara Doern Drew, soprano, joined the Ensemble in 1982. Along with singing, she is passionate about writing, doing tarot readings, editing spiritual material and co-teaching with her husband, Walter, their “Creative Aging: Embracing Life with Passion, Purpose and Possibility" courses. Their latest teaching adventure took them to Ukraine in August 2016.
Gwen Gilligan, alto, is convinced she has the most adorable twin grand babies ever! She spends time with them when she is not singing with this group or selling real estate, both of which she has been doing for the past 30 years. She was also a founding member of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale.
Sue Katz, alto, joined the Women’s Ensemble in 2005. She has also sung with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus, Santa Fe Pro Coro and Canticum Novum. Sue has been a family physician with La Familia Medical Center for 26 years and is the medical director at the Villa Therese Clinic.
Julie Kirk, soprano, was a member of the Ensemble from 1986 to 1990 and rejoined in 2004. She also sings with Zia Singers and the NM Bach Society Chorale and Orchestra, and formerly with Canticum Novum. She is a watercolor painter and an active volunteer member of the Santa Fe Civitan Club.
Kehar Koslowsky, alto, is an accomplished choral artist who currently sings with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and is happy to be a guest singer with the Women’s Ensemble. She has performed extensively in the Washington DC area with the Cathedral Choral Society, Washington Bach Consort, and Woodley Ensemble. Kehar was a staff singer at St. Michael’s Cathedral and St. John’s Church Lafayette Square, where she sang for both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Nancy Maret, soprano, releases the stress of a corporate career in the electronic payments industry with singing and horses. Grateful for the joys singing brings, Nancy is thrilled to join the Ensemble. A longtime member of the Santa Fe's Symphony Chorus and First Presbyterian choir, she supports the choral arts in voluntary leadership roles.
Connie Marks, alto, sings in her eighth season with the Ensemble. After completing two terms on the board of directors, she now serves on its grants committee. Connie studies voice with Dr. Priscilla Zimmermann. A retired teacher of students who are deaf, Connie volunteers with the Santa Fe Civitan Club.
Jill McCormick, soprano, currently enjoys teaching piano and working as the children/youth music director at First Presbyterian Church. She loves the Rudolf Steiner quote: “Receive the children in reverence. Educate them in love. Send them out in freedom."
Susan Phillips, alto, is a lifelong singer and has been singing with the Women’s Ensemble for the past 28 years. She has sung with UNM women's chorus, Las Cantantes and the UNM Symphony Chorus, as well as with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and Canticum Novum.
Constance Romero, soprano, was born in Kansas and grew up in Albuquerque. Her parents' influence nurtured her early love of performing, as a singer, dancer and actress. She taught music for 25 years, yet always found time for singing, whether as a soloist or chorus member. Music is her passion.
Sue Smithson, alto, joined the Ensemble in 2014. She has sung with Canticum Novum and other Santa Fe groups, and participated in local theater productions. Sue is the office administrator at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Santa Fe. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and appreciating the beauty of the Southwest.
Alicia Solomon, alto, has appeared with the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Symphony and the Desert Chorale. In 2006 she co-founded Opera Alta, presenting“Opera on the Rocks" in Bandelier National Monument the past five Septembers. Alicia teaches voice, piano and guitar in Los Alamos, and solos for the Christian Science Church, Santa Fe. (www.aliciasolomon.com)
Linda Wieseman, soprano, sings for her eighth year with the Ensemble. Linda is a registered respiratory therapist, volunteers at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, and enjoys the mountains in her free time. She shares a quote by Hans Christian Anderson: “Where words fail, music speaks."
Marty Noss Wilder, soprano, has a BA in music from Stanford University. She is a licensed massage therapist and a registered biodynamic craniosacral therapy practitioner working in private practice and at the Christus St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center. Singing with the Ensemble is a delightful, challenging and expanding part of her life.
Bill Epstein, pianist, began studying piano at age eight in Linden, New Jersey. Further studies were at the Chicago Musical College and Harvard University. In 2002, Bill moved with his wife, Sheila, to Santa Fe, and he became the Women's Ensemble’s accompanist in 2006. His work here has included church jobs, playing for the eurythmy dance at Santa Fe Waldorf School, and accompanying the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus, Canticum Novum, the Men's Camerata and the Santa Fe Community College Chorus.