Louise Loomis, Director
The Manzano Day School Chorus is a non-auditioned group comprised of the entire fourth and fifth grades of the school. Chorus rehearsals are built into the six-day rotation as part of the music curriculum. In addition to chorus, students also have general music classes, focused on singing, playing, moving, creating and reading music. Music has long been valued as an integral part of education at this historic school, which is now in its seventy-second year. The chorus performs one concert mid-year and a full musical play each spring. They were the New Mexico Music Education Association’s Honor Choir in 2001. The chorus was privileged to sing for many Holiday Pops concerts with the New Mexico Symphony orchestra. As service projects, they have sung for hospitals, senior centers, and Noonday Ministries. Accompanist Amy Woolley teaches music classes for pre-school through second grade students at Manzano Day School. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University, Kindermusic certification, and has studied orff-Schulwerk at UNLV, the University of St. Thomas, and the Orff Institute.
Manzano Day School is an independent pre-kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school near old Town in Albuquerque. Manzano moved to its present location in 1942, having previously held classes in the historic Huning Castle. our La Glorieta, an adobe hacienda, was originally the home of an early Spanish settler, Don Diego Trujillo. Generations of families have cherished the history and warm atmosphere of Manzano Day School. Students learn core curriculum in innovative ways in small classes. In addition, all students receive instruction in music, art, physical education, Spanish, and technology.