Youth Treble Choir
7th, 8th, 9th Grade
2024 Youth Treble Choir Participants
Walk In Jerusalem-Rollo Dilworth SSA
I Dream A World-Andre J Thomas SSA
Fire-Mary Goetze SSA
Adiemus-Karl Jenkins SSAA
Hark I Hear The Harps Eternal Arr. Mark Hayes SSA
Call Of The Flowers-Leo Delibes Arr. Ronald A Nelson SA
2024 Youth Treble Choir Director
Paul Hallsted is currently teaching choir and guitar at Alma d’Arte Charter High School in Las Cruces, NM. He has been a music educator for over 40 years, teaching all levels of students, which include pre-school, elementary school, middle school, high school, and university.
Paul Hallsted received his bachelor and master degrees from New Mexico State University. He has completed three levels of Orff Certification, two levels of Kodaly Certification, and the Endorsed Trainer Program from Phyllis Weikart’s program,Education Through Movement: Building the Foundation. He has also completed level 3 of Creating Artistry with Henry Leck.
Paul was inducted into the New Mexico Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the New Mexico General Music Teacher of the Year Award in 1996. Paul has served as General Music vice president for NMMEA on two separate occasions, president of the New Mexico Chapter of American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and as a Regional Representative for AOSA. In addition to being a faculty member for many Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses, he is active as a clinician for general music and choral workshops throughout the country.
About Carmen Flórez-Mansi
Carmen Flórez-Mansi, a native of New Mexico, currently serves as the Pastoral Director of Music at the
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Since 1989, she has performed as a vocal artist, choral
conductor, vocal instructor, and liturgy specialist throughout the Southwest, including appearances with
the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra; Chorus, and The Santa Fe
Opera. Mrs. Flórez-Mansi is also the Founding Director of the Choral Arts Society at St. Michael’s High
School, which she founded in 2014. Under her direction, this advanced 42-member chorus won the New
Mexico Music Educators 2017 State 4A Choral Championship and the 2019 3A State Championship
which took place at Cleveland High School in Albuquerque.
In 2017, Mrs. Flórez-Mansi appeared as Guest Choral Director for The Symphony’s annual November
performances of Handel’s Messiah at The Lensic and “Carols & Choruses” at the Cathedral Basilica of St.
Francis of Assisi in early December. She has been named Choral Director of the Santa Fe Symphony
Chorus in June 2018. Also in December 2107, she joined The Santa Fe Opera as their Children’s Chorus
Master and Vocal Coach for the return production of Shoes for the Santo Niño, an opera composed by
Stephen Paulus based off the children’s story by New Mexico native Peggy Pond Church. In October of
2019 she served again as Chorus Master and made her debut as music director for the world premiere of
Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun, by composer Augusta Read Thomas and librettist, Andrea Fellows Fineberg
for the Santa Fe Opera. In 2021 she again served as music director and chorus master for The Santa Fe
Opera world premiere of Hometown to the World, an opera composed by renowned composer, Laura
Kaminsky and librettist Kimberly Reed.
Mrs. Flórez-Mansi founded the St. Cecelia Institute for Liturgical Arts for children as well as her private
vocal studio, Mariposa, in 2010. In 2012, she and her family moved to Napa, California, where she
accepted a position as the Director of Liturgy & Music at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church & School.
During this period, she was also the Director of Development & Donor Relations for the San Francisco-
based, early music group, American Bach Soloists. Prior to this brief relocation from Santa Fe, she had
been the Director of the Office of Worship at the Cathedral Basilica from 2001 to 2012.
Mrs. Flórez-Mansi made her debut at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall as choral conductor for its Father’s
Day concert on June 18, 2017, performing Mass of the Children by John Rutter. This was not her first
appearance at Carnegie Hall, however. In June 2007, she and 55 members of the Cathedral Basilica of
St. Francis of Assisi Pontifical Chorus performed Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, under the direction
of renowned composer John Rutter. That same year, she released a recording of sacred psalms titled
“Salmos de mi Alma.” In February 2016, she returned to Carnegie Hall with nearly a hundred Santa Fe
singers—most of them from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi’s Pontifical Chorus—to conduct
Magnificat, under the direction of Dr. David R. Thye. She and her choristers were later honored with an
invitation to join the Sistine Chapel Choir in November of that year for the Closing Mass of the Jubilee
Year of Mercy, celebrated by His Holiness Pope Francis, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. Mrs.
Flórez-Mansi will return to Carnegie Hall on June 3, 2023 to conduct Magnificat by John Rutter.
From 2008 to 2010, she led the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in an 18-month liturgical and
musical celebration of the 400 Years of Faith in New Mexico Quarto Centennial events, which included
the visit of the Spanish Royal Family. She has hosted and served as choral conductor and liturgist for
events at the Cathedral Basilica, such as Vesper Service for the Papal Nuncio and 285 members of U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops. She has also served as a plenum speaker and clinician in the areas of
sacred music and liturgy for the Southwest Liturgical Conference, Hispanic Pastoral Musicians
Conference, and National Pastoral Musicians Conference.
Carmen Flórez-Mansi and her husband, Tom, have two sons—Thomasluke and Estevan.