Santa Fe Pro Musica Leadership
Violinist and composer Colin Jacobsen is “one of the most interesting figures on the classical music scene” (Washington Post). Since the early 2000s, Jacobsen has forged an intriguing path in the cultural landscape of our time, collaborating with an astonishingly wide range of artists across diverse traditions and disciplines while constantly looking for new ways to connect with audiences. For his work as a founding member of two game-changing, audience-expanding ensembles—the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and orchestra The Knights—Jacobsen was selected from among the nation’s top visual, performing, media, and literary artists to receive a prestigious and substantial United States Artists Fellowship. He is also active as an Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning soloist and has toured with Silkroad since its founding by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2000 at Tanglewood. Starting in the 2022–23 season, Jacobsen assumed the position of Artistic Director of Santa Fe Pro Musica, an organization with which he has had a fruitful long-term association as a guest soloist and leader. Learn more.
Interim Executive Director, Co-founder
Music Director Emeritus, & 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.
Santa Fe Pro Musica Staff
Lisa J. Dreger
After thirteen years of local non-profit experience, Lisa joined Santa Fe Pro Musica in December 2022 as its Development Manager.
Gregg has been Principal Timpanist and Orchestra Personnel Manager for the Sarasota Opera since 2002 and Orchestra Manager with the Santa Fe Opera since 2005. He has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Gregg played in the percussion section for Santa Fe Opera’s GRAMMY-nominated recording of Cold Mountain and the GRAMMY-winning recording The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. He taught percussion at the Interlochen Arts Camp, University of New Mexico, and was on the faculty of Texas Tech University where he co-directed the Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Marketing Manager & Music Librarian
Originally from Fircrest, Washington, Sam McClung moved to New Mexico in 2020 and fell in love with what the state had to offer in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. He holds music performance degrees from Central Washington University and the University of New Mexico. In addition to managing Pro Musica’s marketing campaigns and music librarian duties, he has played clarinet with the Pro Musica Orchestra since 2021. Outside of music, Sam enjoys reading, long-distance running, and hiking.
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.
Senior Advisor & Co-founder
Carol and her husband Thomas O’Connor are the co-founders of Santa Fe Pro Musica. She has worn many hats for the organization, including as the orchestra manager, program note writer, librarian, historian, marketing assistant, editor, production manager, associate music director, and the GRAMMY-nominated principal flutist. Originally from Las Cruces, Carol is a magna cum laude graduate from the University of New Mexico.
Box Office Manager
A native of the small farm-town of Volant, Pennsylvania, Sarah Schwenke’s love of music began when she was a flutist in her 5th-grade band. At the suggestion of her band director, Sarah unwillingly switched to the French horn, an instrument she eventually fell in love with and has been playing ever since. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music from Youngstown State University in Ohio, as well as a Master’s and Performance Certificate from the University of New Mexico. When she’s not playing, teaching, or managing the Pro Musica box office, Sarah loves camping, reading, and snuggling her calico cat, Fallon.
Audio Technician: Kabby Sound Studios
Graphic Designer and Webmaster: Think All Day
Keyboard Technician: Andrew Gillispie
Stage Manager: Curtis Mark