Mission and History
The Zia Singers are a Santa Fe women’s community chorus under the direction of Aaron Howe and accompanist Deborah Wagner.
The Zia Singers is a diverse group of women with a wide range of prior musical experience who simply love to sing. The Mission of the Zia Singers is to provide women in the Santa Fe area with a choral organization that:
- fosters creative expression through singing;
- strives for musical excellence through the process of continued learning;
- inspires interest in the choral arts through performance;
- builds bridges and camaraderie among its members, its audiences, and the public.
The Zia Singers, a Santa Fe women’s choral ensemble, originated as a group of voice students of singer and voice teacher Marilyn Barnes. Founded in 1993, that first group of women met in Marilyn’s living room to sing just for the love of making music together. The choir continued under the direction of Kenneth Knight from 2003 through 2011, when conductor Dr. Karen Marrolli took the baton. After her departure in 2015, Interim director Cora Harms led us in singing until we hired our new director, Aaron Howe, in Jan. 2016. Over the years, the group has grown into a performing ensemble of up to and over 35 voices, which offers performances twice a year to the public.