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 and plays handbells at First Presbyterian. A published composer and ASCAP member, Linda's music has been commissioned and performed by community, university and church choirs across the US and in Europe. 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, is celebrating her 35th season with the Ensemble—such a milestone! Along with singing, she is passionate about her transformational tarot-reading practice, writing and editing spiritual material, and co-teaching with her husband, Walter, their “Creative Aging: Embracing Life with Passion, Purpose and Possibility” courses and workshops.
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 27 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. A watercolor painter, she volunteers with the Santa Fe Civitan Club. Julie edits our website and Facebook page.
Nancy Maret, soprano, has enjoyed singing since childhood. Grateful for opportunities to study and practice vocal technique, she is happy to participate in her second season with the Ensemble. She has sung with the Symphony Chorus and First Presbyterian choir, and supports the choral arts in many ways.
Connie Marks, alto, is delighted to sing in her ninth season with the Ensemble. She served two terms on the SFWE board of directors and she now assists its grants committee. A retired teacher of students who are deaf, Connie volunteers with the Santa Fe Civitan Club and enjoys life in Santa Fe.
Jill McCormick, soprano, is a faculty member at the Santa Fe Waldorf School, where she sings her way through the day with her kindergarteners. She attended the Tama-Do Academy for healing with tone, light, color and movement, which was developed by Fabien Maman and includes the ancient wisdom of the Kotatama.
Susan Phillips, alto, is a lifelong singer and has been singing with the Women’s Ensemble for the past 29 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, received her BA in voice and MA in music education at New Mexico Highlands University. She has been a member of the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus since it started. She has also sung with Pro Coro, Coro de Camera and Quintessence. She loves singing solos for numerous events.
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. Alicia teaches voice, piano and guitar in Los Alamos, and sings solos for the Christian Science Church, Santa Fe. (www.aliciasolomon.com)
Sandra Twibell, alto, first sang in New Mexico while touring with Columbia Artists Community Concerts. Three months later, she met her future husband while an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera. She has degrees in vocal performance and speech-language pathology, and she taught voice for 25 years at the College of Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Department.
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.
Chris Wismer, alto, is a physical therapist and Feldenkrais practitioner. She grew up in a musical family and has been singing her whole life. Chris was in college before she realized that not everyone sings in four-part harmony! She has sung in numerous groups over the years, most recently with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus.
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.