Each summer and during the December holiday season, glorious voices from around the country come to Santa Fe to perform timeless music from the rich choral literature - as well as programs of lighter genres - in some of the most beautiful and historic sites in New Mexico's enchanted landscape. While about 70 percent of concert attendees are area residents, the balance consists of visitors from across the country and around the world.
The Desert Chorale's recording catalogue includes 13 CDs: Vespers, First Day, Live from Loretto Chapel, Christmas in Santa Fe, Passion, A Celebration of Hispanic Music, The Song of Luke, and Harmony of the Heavens, all led by Linda Mack, our most recent Music Director and Conductor; Journeys of the Spirit, Transcendence, The Soul Speaks, and Encore conducted by former Artistic Director Dennis Shrock; and Music from Loretto Chapel, a classic recording led by Lawrence Bandfield, the Chorale's Founding Music Director.
Since 2002, the Desert Chorale Children's Choir has provided an opportunity for children, ages 7 to 14, to grow together in their love of music and singing. Public performance is an important component of the program, and each season the children make many appearances in a variety of settings, including senior residences, schools, and for community events throughout Santa Fe.
2008 marks the Santa Fe Desert Chorale's 26th anniversary.