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In addition to an active performance schedule in the Santa Fe area, the Santa Fe High Choir and its members have performed from California to Italy and have won numerous group and solo awards. The choir is a top scorer in district and state contests and typically qualifies several singers a year for the highly competitive All-State Choir. Several of the singers have been invited to sing with the Santa Fe Opera Young Voices program and choir graduates have gone on to study music and theater throughout the United States.

Choir members serve as ambassadors for the school, the city and the state, but more importantly, the experience of singing with the choir will be with them for the rest of their lives. Innumerable studies have shown that studying the arts, especially music, contributes to overall academic success. Not all these singers will go on to become famous singers, but all will benefit from the confidence and life experience they will get from being part of the choir.

The program offers classes for beginning and advanced women's, men's and mixed choirs. The Choir, Theater, Dance and Band programs work together on Musical Theater.

The Santa Fe High School Choir Booster Club is a nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible. (Federal Tax Number 27-1122662). You can also donate to the choir by mail or in person. Contact Choir Director Marilyn Barnes.


Marilyn Barnes is the choir director and musical theater musical director at Santa Fe High School. A soprano, she has a bachelor of music from the University of Idaho and a master’s in Opera Performance from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. Ms. Barnes has numerous opera, oratorio and musical theater credits. Some favorites include Alma in Summer and Smoke, Mimi in La Boheme, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Jenny in Company, Rosabella in Most Happy Fella, and Optimistic in Balancing Act . She is an active performer in the Santa Fe area. With Theaterwork, she has sung the roles of the Mother in Riders to the Sea, Mariana in Luisa Fernanda, Nicosia in La Dolorosa, Ms. Peachum in Threepenny Opera, Adelina Patti in A Few Stout Individuals and the Mother Superior in Sound of Music. She has sung with Santa Fe Symphony and Santa Fe Pro Musica, in the world premiere of Rock of Angels and throughout the state with Opera Unlimited as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Barnes recently received a “Teacher Who Inspire” award from Santa Fe Partners in Education. She is a frequent clinician and adjudicator throughout the state of New Mexico. Contact Marilyn Barnes.

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Kathlene Ritch, a Santa Fe High School Choir accompanist, has a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Texas-Austin and has taught voice for 15 years, including on the faculties of schools in Texas and Switzerland. She has sung with the New York Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, and Vienna Philharmonic. In 2001, she debuted as a soloist at Lincoln Center with the American Symphony Orchestra in Listz's Dante's Inferno. She later recorded a live concert version of Die Aegyptische Helena as Hermione, opposite Deborah Voigt's Helen, with the same ensemble. Her passion for musical theater started when she was 4 and was cast as Marta in The Sound of Music. Two career highlights are performing Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center with George Hearn, Patti Lupone and Neil Patrick Harris and performing in a concert version of Carousel at Carnegie Hall with Audra McDonald and Hugh Jackman. In addition to accompanying the choir, she is the director of the Royal School of Church Music at the Church of Holy Faith. She sings with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Grammy-nominated group Conspirare, the subject of a PBS special that featured a solo by Ms. Ritch. She is a member of American Guild of Musical Artists, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Choral Directors Association.

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Scott Hagler, an accomplished graphic designer as well as a musician, studied music education as a graduate student at the University of Colorado and Utah State University and is the director of Music Ministries at Christ Lutheran Church.  He has recorded two CDs, Ragtime! and Christmas with the Arioso Duo, and served as host, entertainer and pianist for the Diamond Circle Melodrama. He taught music and art at San Juan College and Fort Lewis College and has worked extensively with youth art and music nonprofits, including establishing the Durango Music Academy's Bach to School program.