Welcome to our new Artistic Director! Irene Brink has grown up performing in a variety of venues and groups throughout the city, including: Doña Ana Youth Choir, MHS Choirs, Las Cruces Community Theater, Rio Grande Theater, University Singers, Las Cruces Friends of Chamber Music, Doña Ana Lyric Opera, Renaissance Faire Singers, and various Jazz and Rock bands. An alumnus of New Mexico State University, Ms. Brink holds a degree in Music Education as well as a Master’s of Music. She is also Orff Level 1 certified and holds a level 2 teaching license for the state of New Mexico. Presently, Irene teaches choir at Vista Middle School.
Mark Klett has been with Singing Out for five seasons. Mark began taking piano lessons when he was five years old and continued taking lessons until high school and has never stopped playing since. He began playing in many bands, playing a variety of music including rock, metal, pop, and country. Now he is a music teacher at the Academy of Music and Dance where he has been giving private piano and guitar lessons for five years. He also has his own recording studio that he uses to record both other artists’ music and his own.
We want to express our utmost gratitude to Ida Holguin-Perez for all she has done as Artistic Director for our Singing Out family for the past five seasons. Under her leadership, Singing Out has achieved an increased level of skill and artistry, most recently represented by the original story she commissioned from Tom Smith and the gorgeous music she selected for our January 2016 concert. We thank you, Ida, and wish you the best for the future.
We would also like to acknowledge and thank NMSU Regent’s Professor, Tom Smith. Last season marks Tom’s fifth season providing song introductions and emceeing for Singing Out’s concerts. For our January 2016 concert, Tom collaborated with Singing Out by writing a short story for which Singing Out performed the choral music.
Our Group Photographer
We would like to credit our very own Carl Buschick, Singing Out chorus member and photographer extraordinaire, for taking all of our our group photos. It’s a task she tirelessly takes on each season at concert time … thank you, Carol!
Singing Out Board of Directors
Our Board members oversee all aspects of our organization, and meetings are open to all members to attend.
Our 2016-2017 Board members:
Matt Coca, President
Paul Barrett, Vice President
Elizabeth Miller, Secretary
Mari Kempton, Treasurer
The success of Singing Out depends on the “behind the scenes” activities of our Fifth Section. These are dedicated volunteers who assist with fundraisers, setting up/tearing down for concerts, publicity, and numerous other tasks that are both necessary and highly appreciated. If you would like to join us as a Fifth Section volunteer, please Contact Us.
Our current Fifth Section members:
Jim Moore, Volunteer Coordinator
Brenda de Haven