Santa Fe, NM
Two orchestra members and 15 singers have been selected for the all state ensembles for choir and orchestra. Thousands of musicians from across the state audition before a panel of judges to become members of the ensemble. The musicians and their positions:
Orchestra: Justin Reynolds, concert orchestra bass, and Sophia Mulholland, symphonic violin 2.
Treble Choir: Rebecca Jimenez, soprano 1; Mya Barrens, soprano 2; Jennifer Lopez, soprano 2; and Cyra Mersereau, soprano 2.
Mixed Choir: Isaac Padilla, bass 2; Caye Duran, bass 1; Andrew Bornman, tenor 1; Roman Bell, tenor 1; Ian Salazar, tenor 1; Dominico Lovato , tenor 1; Elijah Salazar Menzies, tenor; Serena Bixby, alto 1; Ernestina Savage, alto 1; Randi Jimenez, alto 1; Jacqueline Bell, soprano 1.
Gilberto Rio Ortiz, a Santa Fe High guitarist, has earned a spot in the All State Guitar ensemble. Guitarists from across the state audition for the prestigious ensemble.
Four ninth graders from the choir program have been selected for the American Choral Directors Youth New Mexico All State Festival. The students: Mya Blum-Kapeluck, soprano II; Amber Lujan, alto I; and Even and Michael Levis, both bass.
The Demon Pride Band took first overall and first for woodwinds, percussion, color guard, drum majors, soloists, and brass in their class at the Pageant of Bands. (October 2017)
Five orchestra musicians have been named to the North Central District Honor Orchestra: Cayetano Duran, Nohemi Garcia, Joab Gonzalez, and Pilar Ontiveros Brancard. Nohemi will be first chair for second violion and Cayetano will be second chair for viola when the audition-only orchestra performs later this year. (October 2017)
Choir member Ernestina Savage was named most promising singer at the annual Solofest held at Santa Fe High. She was rated superior-plus, the highest rating possible. Other students receiving superior ratings were Cyra Mersereau, Wyatt Stein, Jasmine Elias Ballard, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Vigil, Isaac Padilla, Caye Duran, Ian Salazar Padilla, Andrew Bornman, Dominico Lovato, Randi Jimenez, Anthony Vasquz, Rebecca Jimenez, Madison Vollmer, Mya Barrens, and Elijah Salazar Menzies. Maritza Sarminento, Orlando Perea, Even Levis, Michael Levis, Joe Aranda, Charlotte Bordergaray, Katrina, Sandoval, Shadae Herrera Robinson, Sariah Ortiz, Mariana Wright, Roman Bell, Benny Delgado, Hayden Cummings, Angelica Serrano, Erick Ortega, and Alyssa Montoya received excellent ratings and Mariah Gonzales was rated good. (October 2017)
About 60 choir members and 11 members of the Santa F High band earned spots on the audition-only North Central District High School Honor ensembles competing against hundreds of students from throughout the region. The band members are Laura Quintana, Jessica Ramirez, Isaiah Rocha Casados, Faris Wald, Fintan Long, Brigit Johnson, Maxwell McGrael, Ben Cordova, Madi Johnson, Anthony Romero and Davin Montoya. The young musicians will participate a day in clinics then perform for an audience. (October 2017)
The Santa Fe High advanced mixed choir earned a superior rating, the highest possible, at the New Mexico Activities Association state competition, while the advanced women's choir, wind ensemble, and symphony orchestra all received excellent ratings at their NMAA state contests.
The Advanced Mixed Choir, Concert Band, and guitar ensembles received superior ratings, the highest possible, for both performance and sight reading at the north central region Music Performance Assessment. The Advanced Women's Choir and Beginning Men's Choir both earned excellent ratings in performance and superior ratings in sight reading. The Advanced Orchestra received an excellent rating in performance and a superior rating in sight reading, while the Beginning and Intermediate orchestras earned good ratings in performance and excellent ratings in sight reading.
Two orchestra ensembles and six soloists received high honors at the North Central New Mexico Orchestra Solo and Ensemble contest. An ensemble composed of Andrea Paredes Cribas, Katia Chavez, Ileana Molina, and Pilar Ontiveros Brancard received an excellent rating, while an ensemble of Mateo Romero, Cameron Bright, Aryanna Holmes, Jack Miller and Marcus Fernandez received the top rating of superior. Lily Kirk received a superior rating as a soloist and soloists Jennifer Campos Chavez, Cruz Garcia, Caleb Monnet, Juliana Rivera and Irie Charity all received excellent ratings. (February 2017)
Five Santa Fe High band members were selected for the Southwest International Honor Band. Brigit Johnson, euphonium, Laura Quintana, flute, Zach Dukeminier, tuba, and Isaac Hernandez and Max McGrael, both percussion, will be playing alongside students from New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Chihuahua, Mexico, during a concert at New Mexico State University in February. (January 2017)
Six ninth graders from the choir program have been selected for the American Choral Directors Youth New Mexico All State Festival. The students: Andy Bornman, Jacqueline Bell, Roman Bell, Rebecca Jimenez, Saria Ortiz, and Anthony Vasquez. (October 2016)
Nearly 20 choir, band, guitar and orchestra members won spots on the prestigious, audition-only All State Choir ensembles. Sophia Mulholland, first violin, and Justin Reynolds, bass, earned spots in the concert orchestra. Laura Quintana, flute, , Zach Dukeminier, tuba, and Brigit Johnson, euphonium, will play with the concert band. Larissa Aragon, Emma Montoya, Ernestina Savage, Maeve Long, Tisa Olayo, and Mariela Melgar were selected for the treble choir. Lauren Rodriguez-Hastings, Lileigh Thomas, Roman Bell, Zachary Jacquez, Elijah Salazar-Menzies, Jose Aranda and Jordan Perez were selected for the mixed choir. Davis Harris was picked for the guitar ensemble. (October 2016)
The Demon Pride Marching Band took first in its division at the Pageant of the Bands competition in Albuquerque. Drum majors Brigit Johnson and Laura Quintana and the percussion section also received top honors. Quintana was also named best soloist for the division. (October 2016)
The theater program production of Macbeth was featured on the front page of The New Mexican. (October 2016)
Choir member Esperanza Ulibarri was named Most Promising Singer at the North Central District Solofest. Singers
Elijah Menzies and CJ Casias received superior ratings and Lauren Rodriguez-Hastings received a superior-plus, the highest possible. (October 2016)
Seventy-onechoir members and an orchestra member won spots on the North Central New Mexico District Honor ensembles. The choir and orchestra members were selected through an audition process involving hundreds of students from schools throughout the region. The musicians and singers will participate in day-long clinics and then perform as part of the honor ensembles. (October 2016)
The International Shakespeare Center and the Santa Fe High School Theater Department collaborated on the fall student production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The center's associate artistic director, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art graduate Ariana Karp, performed a small role in the show with SFHS students, and worked with students before the performance to introduce them to London Academy training techniques. The center donated 30 of the ISC Press Reader’s Editions of Macbeth to Santa Fe High School, where they will be used by the theater and English departments. These books are edited and designed specifically for reading aloud and to recognize subtleties necessary for deeper understanding, discussion, and performance. Karp worked with both English classes and theater students during her month in Santa Fe and led workshops on imagery, sound, and antithesis. (September 2016)
The Santa Fe High Demon Pride marching band once again was named best musical group in the annual Desfile de los Ninos (Pet Parade) during Fiesta de Santa Fe. (September 2016)
The dance studio has a brand new Marley floor installed over its existing wood floor. In addition to the safety and "spring" of our suspended wood floor, dancers now have an excellent surface for working barefoot, in jazz or ballet shoes, or in tap shoes. The wood floor had been very slippery and made it difficult for dancers to learn and practice strong technique. The new floor will not only help with better form, but will make the transition to our performance onstage with the same flooring much easier! (August 2016)
The Dance Program has established New Mexico's first chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, a prestigious nationwide organization that recognizes students for excellence in dance in their high school years. The six founding members are Mabel Lujan, David Jacobo Ornelas, Samantha Martinez, Leah Romero, Alexandra Spradling, Shani Kutnzer. (April 2016)
A former and current member of the Santa Fe High choir, both voice students of Choir Director Marilyn Barnes, were award winners at the Vocal Artistry Song Festival. Lauren Komer is currently a junior at Santa Fe High while Camille Sammeth is a 2015 graduate. (April 2016)
Santa Fe High choirs, band, orchestra, and guitar ensembles all performed well at the regional musical performance assessments. Advanced guitar, beginning guitar, orchestra, beginning women's choir, beginning men's choir, advanced women's choir and the band all received "excellent," the second highest rating, on their prepared performances, and the advanced mixed choir received a "superior," the highest rating, on its prepared performance. On sight reading, the orchestra, beginning men's choir, advanced women's choir, advanced mixed choir, and band all received "superior" ratings. (March 2016)
Santa Fe High choir member Joy Fawkes was selected for the Youth All State orchestra sponsored by the New Mexico chapter of the American Choral Directors Associations. She will be be singing alto 2 in the middle school choir. (February 2016)
Three Santa Fe High band members were selected for the Southwest International Honor Band. Connor Woods, percussion, Brigit Johnson, euphonium, and Jade Comellas, saxophone, will be playing along with students from New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Chihuahua, Mexico, during a concert at New Mexico State University in February. (January 2016)
More than a dozen musicians from the Santa Fe High choir, band and orchestra won spots in the New Mexico Music Educators’ Association All-State performing ensembles. Students will perform under nationally renowned conductors in Popejoy Hall at the University of New Mexico on January 9 alongside other top New Mexico high school performers. The SFHS students were among thousands of students from across the state who auditioned. (November 2015)
Soprano 1 - Iris Pecorelli, Lauren Rodriguez-Hastings
Soprano 2 - Tara Varnum, Shani Kutzner
Alto 1 - McKayla Hicks, Maeve Long
Alto 2 - Jackie Hatchel
Bass 1 - Elijah Salazar-Menzies, Zach Jacques
Soprano 1 - Lileigh Tomas
Soprano 2 - Larissa Aragon
Alto 2 - Ernestina Savage
Cello - Juanito Ortega
Euphonium - Brigit Johnson
The theater program's production of The Laramie Project was featured in The New Mexican. The show features the work of 30 Santa Fe High students. (October 2015)
The brass and percussion sections and the soloists of the Santa Fe High Demon Pride Marching Band took firsts in their class at the annual Pageant of Bands in Albuquerque. The band took third overall in its class. (October 2015)
Twenty choir members received superior - the highest possible rating - and superior-minus ratings at the North Central District Solo and Ensemble competition. Another nine were rated as excellent. Choir member Lauren Rodriguez Hastings received the most promising singer award. (October 2015)
Rick Pringle of the Santa Fe High orchestra, Connor Woods, Brigit Johnson and Laura Quintana of the band, and 63 choir members were selected for the North Central District Honor ensembles. The musicians and singers will participate in day-long clinics and then perform as part of the districtwide ensembles. (October 2015)
The Santa Fe High Demon Pride marching band once again was named best musical group in the annual Desfile de los Ninos (Pet Parade) during Fiesta de Santa Fe. (September 2015)
The Sangre de Cristo Chorale has selected four Santa Fe High choir members for its apprentice program. The selected singers are Jose Aranda, Jordan Perez, Maeve Long and Iris Pecorelli. (August 2015)