2017-18 Guest Conductors

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Choral conductor, soloist, composer, scholar, and teacher Bradley Ellingboe counts many accomplishments in his wide-ranging career in the world of singing. As a choral conductor, he led festival choruses in 35 states and 14 foreign countries. Ellingboe made his operatic conducting debut in December of 2011, leading the world-premiere of Stephen Paulus’s opera Shoes for the Santo Niño in a joint production by the Santa Fe Opera and the University of New Mexico.  As a bass-baritone soloist, he sang under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and Sir David Willcocks. 

A prolific composer, Ellingboe has 140 pieces of music in print. This includes Requiem for chorus and orchestra, now performed more than 300 times in this country and Europe, and the recent Star Song, which debuted in 2014 in New York at Lincoln Center in May, and in Europe in July. He was knighted by the King of Norway in 1994 for his scholarly work in making the songs of Edvard Grieg more accessible to the English-speaking public. 

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association named Ellingboe “Faculty of the Year” in 2008, a highlight of his 30 years of teaching at the University of New Mexico. During his tenure, Ellingboe was Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music and Regents Lecturer and also served at various times as Chairman of the Department of Music and Coordinator of Vocal Studies. He retired in 2015.

Ellingboe has won annual awards for his choral compositions from the American Society of Composers, Arrangers and Publishers since 2000. His choral music is widely sung and is published by Oxford, G Schirmer, Augsburg, Walton, GIA, Hal Leonard, Mark Foster, Choristers Guild, Alliance, Concordia, Selah, and particularly the Neil A. Kjos Music Company, for whom he edits two series of choral octavos. In 2017, he became Acquisitions Editor for National Music Publishing.

Ellingboe’s music has been performed and recorded by many groups. A partial list includes the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Philip Brunelle’s VocalEssence, the Saint Olaf Choir, the Harvard Glee Club, Craig Hella Johnson’s Conspirare, the choirs of the University of Michigan and Luther College, and the Sangre de Cristo Chorale. 

Ellingboe has prepared choirs for such luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Moses Hogan, Alice Parker, Morten Lauridsen, René Clausen, and Robert Ray. At the request of composer Libby Larsen, he directed the UNM Women’s Chorus, Las Cantantes, in recording all of Larsen’s music for treble chorus.  He guest-conducted the Santa Fe Desert Chorale in a series of concerts in December 2011, and the Sangre de Cristo Chorale for concerts in 2003 and 2011.

A graduate of Saint Olaf College and the Eastman School of Music, Ellingboe has pursued further study at the Aspen Music Festival, the Bach Aria Festival, the University of Oslo, and the Vatican.


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.



Priscilla Benge Zimmermann has been active in northern New Mexico as a teacher,
singer, and choral director since 1973. A native of the mid-west, she has taught music
at all grade levels including kindergarten through college in both Illinois and New
Mexico. Dr. Zimmermann taught for the Los Alamos Schools 1973-1979 and retired
from the Santa Fe Public Schools in 2008. She has also served as a regional
adjudicator and choral clinician for the New Mexico Music Educators Association. She
continues to serve as a substitute and mentor choral educator for the Santa Fe Public
Schools when needed. During her long career in New Mexico, Dr. Zimmermann has
directed church choirs in both Los Alamos and Santa Fe including The United Church of
Los Alamos, St. John’s United Methodist and St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Santa Fe.
She was also the founding director of the El Castillo Singers in Santa Fe and was the
director of the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble, 1984-1988. Dr. Zimmermann has been an Adjunct Instructor at Santa Fe Community College since 1996 where she has taught Chorus, Chamber Singers as well as beginning and advanced voice classes. She is also the founding director of a new non-auditioned
community chorus, Just Sing It, offered this fall by Santa Fe Community College
Continuing Education. Past
academic appointments include assistant professor at Northern Illinois University in
DeKalb, Illinois where she taught music education for non-music majors and taught in
the university laboratory school. She maintains a private voice and sight-singing
instruction studio in Santa Fe.
Dr. Zimmermann earned a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Choral Literature
and Conducting from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from the Union Institute in
Cincinnati, Ohio where her query focused on the effect of music education on children’s
self-esteem and resilience. Resiliency in the face of adversity can be developed andenhanced by children, given the right environment and adult influences. Dr.
Zimmermann is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and has
completed formative conducting study with Daniel Moe, Margaret Hillis, Donald Neuen,
and most recently with Sandra Snow at Michigan State University.
Priscilla Zimmermann has enjoyed a long-term relationship with the Sangre de Cristo
Chorale both as a singer and board member since 2009. For a number of seasons she
coordinated the outreach activities of the Chorale in northern New Mexico schools as
the chair of the Community Engagement Committee. Dr. Zimmermann is singing with
the Chorale this season for both the October and April concerts. She also continues to
sing in the Church of the Holy Faith Choir in Santa Fe and is a voice student of Nina
Hinson Rasmussen.

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Dr. Doyle Preheim is Professor Emeritus of Music, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana where he directed choirs and taught voice, conducting, music history and church music for thirty years.  A graduate of Bethel College (Kansas), he earned his graduate degrees in Church Music and Choral Music from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Preheim studied conducting with Charles Hirt, James Vail and Daniel Lewis at USC.  Further choral training was done with Robert Shaw, Helmut Rilling and John Alldis. 

In 1983 Dr. Preheim founded, and for 14 years conducted, the Goshen (Indiana) Community Chorale.  He also served as conductor of Indiana’s Elkhart County Camerata Singers and the Elkhart County Symphony Chorus.  Dr. Preheim’s Goshen College choirs performed at the Indiana State Music Educators Conference and the Regional Conference of the American Choral Directors Association.  In 1988, a Goshen College Choir under Dr. Preheim’s direction toured England, and in 1999, his Goshen College Chamber Choir performed a solo concert in Carnegie Hall.  Dr. Preheim and wife Mary Jo also led three Goshen College Alumni and Friends choir tours to Europe (1994, 1998, 2001).

Dr. Preheim and Mary Jo moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in June 2003.  In 2004, Dr Preheim was appointed director of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale, a position he held for eight years.   He was also an instructor of Voice at the College of Santa Fe/University of Art and Design for eight years, and he maintained a private voice studio for the 13 years he lived in Santa Fe.  Dr. Preheim appeared as baritone soloist with Canticum Novum, The Santa Fe Community Orchestra and Chorus, and The Church of Holy Faith Episcopal Choir. 

In August 2016, the Preheims relocated to Wind Crest, a retirement community in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  Dr. Preheim participated in the Colorado Symphony Chorus during the 2016-17 Season.  He is delighted and honored to be back in Santa Fe to participate in the 40th Anniversary Season of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale!