Now in its third year, the Pro Musica Women of Distinction Leadership Initiative provides opportunities for women engaged in various facets of the classical music industry. This program is generously underwritten by Sallie Bingham.

Anne-Marie McDermott, pianist and the new artistic director of Santa Fe Pro Musica, is an internationally acclaimed artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and artistic director. You can find her wearing some or all these hats in Santa Fe; Mostly Mozart Festival, New York; Aspen Music Festival and Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Colorado; and many others.

It is significant to note that Santa Fe Pro Musica is led by an all-woman team of artistic and executive leaders. Co-Founder Carol Redman leads the Baroque Ensemble. Artistic Director Designate Anne-Marie McDermott soon will lead the Orchestra and String Works Series. The entire administrative team is staffed by women.


The History of Red is a commission project with Santa Fe Pro Musica, Kathryn Mueller (soprano), Linda Hogan (poet) and Reena Esmail (composer). The consortium also includes River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Texas), Orlando Philharmonic (Florida), and The Knights (New York).

Reena Esmail is an Indian-American composer who weaves together the world of Hindustani and Western classical music. She has written music for the Kronos Quartet, the symphonies of Seattle and Baltimore, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and others. She studied at The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music, and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Linda Hogan (Chickasaw) is a poet, storyteller, playwright, novelist, essayist, and short story writer. She has received many prizes including the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, an American Book Award, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Letters, Drama & Music.

Kathryn Mueller soprano, initiated this commission project. She grew up at the edge of Arizona’s White Mountain Apache Reservation. As an artist, she established a strong presence throughout the western states, including many performances with Santa Fe Pro Musica. Kathryn has received three GRAMMY nominations and currently resides in Raleigh, NC.


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