Louise Loomis – President
Louise Loomis received BA and MA degrees in music education from the University of New Mexico. Further studies include Orff – Schulwerk training from Denver University, Hamline University, The University of St. Thomas, The University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She has received the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Teacher of the Year Award, the John M. Batcheller Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Music, and the Albuquerque Arts Alliance Bravo Award for Excellence in Arts Education. Louise taught elementary music classes for the Albuquerque Public Schools, San Felipe Pueblo, and Manzano Day School. She teaches Music Rhapsody classes for young children, prepares children’s choruses for the Santa Fe Opera and Opera Southwest, and conducts the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program’s Preparatory Choir. She now teaches music classes for third, fourth, and fifth graders at Sunset Mesa School in Albuquerque.
Geri Brink – Past President
Geri Brink received both her Bachelor in Music Education and her Master in Vocal Performance from New Mexico State University. She has taught in the Las Cruces area for many years: at Las Cruces Catholic Schools, Picacho Middle School and Lynn Middle School. She is currently the choral director at Las Cruces High School where her groups consistently achieve top ratings at festivals and competitions across the country. She is President of the New Mexico American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), a member of New Mexico Music Educators Association (NMMEA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and the National Educators Association (NEA). Geri is certified in all three levels of CREATING ARTISTRY, a choral conducting workshop given at Butler University in Indianapolis under the direction of Henry Leck. She is also certified to Level 2 in the Orff-Schulwerk teaching method. Geri has been co-director of the Doña Ana Youth Choir for over twenty years. She has proudly served as a music minister at Holy Cross Catholic Church for over twenty-five years. She and her husband, Gerry, have been married for thirty-six years. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.
William Gonzales – Treasurer
William Gonzales is a proud New Mexico native who graduated from UNM in 2010 with a degree in Music Education. After graduating, Mr. Gonzales spent 6 years in the Washington, DC metro area teaching and earning a master’s degree in music education at the University of Maryland. Currently, Mr. Gonzales teaches choir and general music and Eisenhower Middle School in Albuquerque, NM.