Andrew Schmidt  |  Music Director

Andrew Schmidt became Director of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale in 2015, after serving as guest conductor in the 2014-2015 season. He currently is the Vocal Director of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and previously was Director of Choral Studies at the New Mexico School for the Arts. Before coming to Santa Fe, he was Director of Choirs at The Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey. 

Andrew’s work with the Masterworks Chorale of Belleville, Illinois has been featured on St. Louis Public Radio’s Cityscape. He has conducted at the Sarteano Chamber Choir Festival, Princeton Festival, National Conductor’s Symposium, Montreal Choral Masterclass, and the Rodney Eichenberger Choral Festival. 

Andrew earned an M.M. degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington and a B.M.E. from Northwestern University. He held a University of Washington Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for Estonian and Baltic/Western European Studies and was the recipient of a U.S. Student Fulbright Fellowship to Estonia, where he lived, studied, and researched in Tallinn. While there, Andrew sang and toured with Tallinna Kammerkoor. In the U.S., Andrew has sung with nationally renowned groups, including Kinnara Ensemble, Seattle Pro Musica, and The Esoterics, and has also worked as a soloist with choirs throughout the PacificNorthwest and Central Midwest regions. 

Andrew has presented his scholarly work at the 2009 West Coast Estonian Days, as well as 2010 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference of the College Music Society. He recently collaborated with Dr. Heather Garbes and Dr. Duane Karna for the newly published book, The Use of IPA in the Choral Rehearsal (Scarecrow Press). 

Andrew sings bass professionally in the greater Santa Fe area and provides private voice and music instruction at NMSA and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. He lives in Santa Fe with his husband, Cory, and dog, Atticus. 

Nate Salazar  |  Accompanist

Nate Salazar is in his third year of accompanying the Chorale. He is a busy pianist, singer, and coach in New Mexico, working for New Mexico School for the Arts, New Mexico Performing Arts Society, Coro de Camara, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Santa Fe Opera. A native of Los Alamos, Nate holds a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan where he studied with Martin Katz. He made his orchestral debut in 2004 with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. 

Nate’s musical travels have taken him to England, Scotland, Italy and Russia, as well as across the United States. He performed in the International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music with Teresa Berganza. Nate has been featured in performances at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He received a fellowship to Songfest in Los Angeles in 2013, where he studied with pianists Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson and Martin Katz, and worked with composers Jake Heggie, John Musto, and Libby Larsen. 

In January 2014, Nate was invited to be a part of Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday celebration through the series The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, where he worked with Ms. Horne, Martin Katz, and the legendary Christa Ludwig. That year, he was involved in Songfest’s first commercial recording, which is currently available.