Santa Fe Pro Musica Staff

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Anne-Marie McDermott, Artistic Director

In addition to an international career as a pianist, Anne-Marie has an impressive career as an artistic director. Since 2011, she has been the artistic director of Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado, which hosts the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, in addition to world-class chamber music offerings. She is also the artistic director of the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival (Florida) and the Avila Chamber Music Celebration (Curaçao).

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Andréa Cassutt, Executive Director

A musician and cum laude graduate from Eastern Michigan University, Andréa has been a Santa Fe resident since 1992. She worked as an administrator and facilitator in experiential education, health and wellness, and the performing arts. Before joining Pro Musica in 2021, she led the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association to great success. She enjoys the New Mexico outdoors, her role as a mom, singing with the Sangre de Cristo Chorale, and hiking with her dog.

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Thomas O’Connor, Music Director Emeritus and Conductor Laureate

Tom has nurtured the vision and managed the mechanics of Santa Fe Pro Musica for over 40 years. Originally from Los Alamos, NM, he had a successful career performing in orchestras and music festivals across the U.S. and Canada as a Grammy-nominated oboist, baroque oboist and English horn player. He has now decided to let others do the work so that he can spend more time riding the backroads of New Mexico on his BMW motorcycles.

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Alaina Diehl, Marketing Manager

Alaina lives near Houston where she recently received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston (UH). In addition to running Pro Musica’s marketing campaigns, she lectures for the UH musicology department and performs on historical flutes with many baroque ensembles. Alaina is originally from Albuquerque where she performed with Santa Fe Pro Musica and other organizations.  She enjoys discussing New Mexican cuisine with Texans.

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Lydia Milá Garmaier, Director of Artistic Operations and Administration

Lydia had a successful international career in opera as a coloratura soprano, and where she was based in Munich, Germany. Upon returning to the U.S., she became involved in arts management at the Clyfford Still Museum and with Friends of Chamber Music in Denver. Lydia grew up in Chicago, of Cuban descent, and is fluent in German, Spanish and English. Aside from opera, she loves being outdoors, hiking and camping.

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Nancy Ondov, Business Manager

Nancy moved to New Mexico in 1989 to study hospice care and fell in love with the NM sky. She currently studies herbal medicine and makes her own remedies. When not exploring the natural world, Nancy does all Pro Musica’s bookkeeping and finance related tasks. In addition to the incredible music Pro Musica brings to the community, Nancy appreciates and enjoys working with her professional yet down-to-earth colleagues.

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Carol Redman, Associate Music Director

Carol and her husband Thomas O’Connor are the co-founders of Santa Fe Pro Musica. She wears many hats, including as orchestra manager, program note writer, librarian, historian, marketing assistant, and editor. Originally from Las Cruces, she has had a long, successful career as a Grammy-nominated flutist, baroque flutist and piccolo-player in orchestras and music festivals across the U.S., Canada, Japan and Germany. She now devotes her musical energies to playing the viola.

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Lisa Van Sickle, Box Office Manager

Lisa is a long-time resident of Santa Fe where she has worked in a variety of fields adjacent to the city’s visual and performing arts. As the Pro Musica box office manager, she enjoys making sure our wonderful audience members have their tickets and perfect seats for our concerts. When not at work, she devotes entirely too much time and money to making music on a variety of wood-and-wire contraptions.

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Mark Zero, Development Manager

Mark has published six novels and a book of nonfiction under his pen name, Mark Beauregard. His novel THE WHALE: A LOVE STORY was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction. Mark also teaches graduate English and journalism courses at Western New Mexico University. He loves cooking, especially experimenting with new cuisines and sharing the results with friends.

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