Aaron Howe has been making music with people in New Mexico for the last 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, Community of Joy Lutheran Church, and the Metropolitan Community Church in Albuquerque. He also directed the choral program at St. Pius X High School, and has worked as music director for many community theaters in Albuquerque, 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, programming and conducting their concert season, along with many additional community performances. In 2013, Aaron co-founded The Rio Rancho Youth Chorus and has served as its Artistic Director since that time. In 2016 Aaron became the Artistic Director of the Zia Singers, an all-female community chorus that has been singing in Santa Fe for over 20 years. He is proud and honored to be an active participant in the wonderful arts community here in New Mexico.
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Stephen Montoya is a native New Mexican who obtained his Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the University of New Mexico. He has studied piano with George Robert and Rita Angel, and organ with Dr. Alexander Schreiner and Dr. Linda Raney. Mr. Montoya has concertized throughout the southwest and on the east coast both as a recitalist and as a collaborative artist and has lectured at the University of New Mexico and to various chapters of the Music Teachers National Association. Mr. Montoya currently studies piano with Sheila Paige, founder and executive director of The Piano Wellness Seminar, where he is also a member of the faculty, and maintains a busy schedule teaching and performing. He is extremely happy to be associated with the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus.