Meet the Ensemble
Back row (L to R): Connie Marks, Sue Katz, Connie Romero, Nancy Maret, Marty Wilder, Nina Brown, Barbara Doern Drew, Amy Gross, Bill Epstein and Gwen Gilligan
Front row (L to R): Julie Kirk, Chris Wismer, Susan Phillips, Linda Raney, Anita Hett, Linda Beck, Jill McCormick, and Mickey Bond
Photo Courtesy of Ken Kirk
Linda Rice Beck, soprano, also sings and plays handbells at First Presbyterian Church Santa Fe. A published composer and ASCAP member, Linda was honored to be the Ensemble's commissioned composer in 2008 and 2014. Her music has been commissioned and performed nationally by many community, university and church choirs.
, 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 center near Abiquiú, NM. You can see her work at www. mickeybond.com.
Nina Brown, alto, is delighted to be singing with the Ensemble again, having been a member during the 1980s. She has sung with the Pacific Chorale in California and Kentucky Opera, among others. She holds a master's degree in voice from CSULB, Long Beach. Nina sings in the First Presbyterian Church choir and studies with Sandra Twibell.
Barbara Doern Drew, soprano, has been with the Ensemble since 1982 and feels continually enriched from the experience! Other passions include her tarot practice, writing and editing spiritual material, and traveling the world speaking, writing and teaching about “Creative Aging: Embracing Life with Passion, Purpose and Possibility” with her husband, Walter.
Gwen Gilligan, alto, has sung with the group for well over 30 years. She was also a founding member of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale. Gwen has lived in Santa Fe for 45 years and both of her adult children currently live in New Mexico with their families.
Amy Gross, alto, performed for many years with the Austin Singers in Austin, TX, and has sung in several church choirs. She is the managing editor of a publishing company and an alto in First Presbyterian Church's Chancel Choir. This is Amy’s first season with the Santa Fe Women's Ensemble.
Anita Hett, alto, is a lifelong singer. She is excited to return to the Women’s Ensemble. She performs with her husband and is the song leader at her church. In 2013, Anita traveled to Italy, singing solos at various venues. She occasionally sings with her father at Rancho de Chimayo.
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 is a family physician at La Familia Medical Center and a volunteer provider at the Villa Therese Clinic.
Julie Kirk, soprano, was a member of the Ensemble from 1984 to 1990 and rejoined in 2004. She also sings with Zia Singers and the NM Bach Society Chorale and Orchestra. A watercolor painter, she also volunteers with the Santa Fe Civitan Club. Julie edits our website and Facebook page.
Nancy Maret, soprano, is happy to sing for her third season as the Women’s Ensemble has its 38th season. Additional singing credits include 13 seasons with the Symphony Chorus and 17 years with the First Presbyterian Choir. In her second year of Ensemble Board service, she is the secretary and fundraising chair.
Connie Marks, alto, is delighted to sing in her 10th season with the Ensemble. She served two terms on the Ensemble Board of Directors and 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, teaches at Santa Fe Waldorf School. Her professional development has led her to pursue an advanced degree in transdisciplinary learning, education as a healing art. She has enjoyed singing in the chancel choir at First Presbyterian Church and in the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus.
Susan Phillips, alto, is a lifelong singer and has been singing with the Women’s Ensemble for the past 30 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 is retired from Pecos Independent Schools. She has sung with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus, Pro Coro, Coro de Camera and Quintessence, and loves singing solos. She joined the Women’s Ensemble in 2016.
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, including the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus.
Bill Epstein, pianist, began studying piano at age 8 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.