The Zia Singers
About The Zia Singers
The Zia Singers is a modern Santa Fe women's chorus that produces powerful and memorable concerts featuring diverse choral works and contemporary composers.
The Zias enrich their sound with vocal and instrumental guest performers and enjoy collaborating with other choirs. Besides performing a repertoire from classical, traditional, international, Broadway, and pop, the Zias aim to introduce exciting new choral compositions to New Mexico audiences so that listeners feel connected to the music, the singers, and one another.
Zia Singers Spring 2019 Concert Finale
Aaron Howe, Artistic Director
Aaron Howe has been making music with people in New Mexico for the past 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University and his Master of Music from the University of New Mexico.
He has served as Music Director for Heights First Church of the Nazarene and Community of Joy Lutheran Church. He also directed the choral program at St. Pius X High School. In addition, he has worked as Music Director for many community theaters, including Musical Theater Southwest, Albuquerque Little Theater, and Play Conservatory.
Since 2010 Aaron has served as the Artistic Director of The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus, arranging and conducting four concert series per year and many additional community performances. In 2013, Aaron co-founded The Rio Rancho Youth Chorus as its first Artistic Director.
He is proud and honored to be a part of the beautiful arts community in New Mexico.
Under the direction of Aaron Howe since 2016, the group has high standards of excellence, seeking to perform each piece as the composer intended.
Deborah Wagner, Accompanist
A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Deborah completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Arizona State University after having obtained degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Northwestern University.
Since moving to Santa Fe in 2006, she has performed with Santa Fe New Music, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Placitas Artists Series, Coro de Camera, New Mexico Performing Arts Society, and the Sangre de Christo Chorale. Deborah has been on the faculties of New Mexico Highlands University and Santa Fe University of Art and Design, in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio.
She regularly works with singers and instrumentalists in the Santa Fe area and has toured with soloists and choirs nationwide.
During the pandemic, the Zia Singers conducted Zoom rehearsals on Tuesday mornings and produced virtual choir videos of each piece we worked on. The videos can be viewed on our YouTube channel!
The Zia Singers promote joy by championing the love and craft of women's choral music through public performance, education, and outreach.