Santa Fe Pro Musica Staff
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 assumes 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.
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.
Co-founder, Music Director
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. As the Music Director, she now manages and directs the artistic vision for Pro Musica. Originally from Las Cruces, Carol is a magna cum laude graduate from the University of New Mexico.
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.
Originally from Fircrest Washington, Sam moved to New Mexico in 2020 and fell in love with what the state had to offer in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Central Washington University and is working towards his MM at the University of New Mexico. In addition to managing Pro Musica’s marketing campaigns, he has played clarinet with the orchestra since 2021. Outside of music, Sam enjoys reading, long distance running, and hiking.
Artistic Operations and Community Outreach Manager
Kristine Banh is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where she earned a degree in music, Africana Studies and a certificate in race and social justice. Originally from Sitka, Alaska, Kristine worked at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp where she collaborated with world-renowned jazz musicians, taught and mentored several music groups, and worked on the logistics staff. Additionally, Kristine is a part of the Yūgen duo with her partner Sam McClung. Among her music endeavors, Kristine is passionate about incorporating social justice with any project she can. She is working on writing several pieces that connect her love for music and commitment to social justice.
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.
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.
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.
Audio Technician: Kabby Sound Studios
Graphic Designer and Webmaster: Think All Day
Keyboard Technician: Robby Rothschild
Production Manager: Curtis Mark