Nylea L. Butler-Moore is pleased to begin her fourth season as Artistic Director of Coro de Cámara. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree with emphasis in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee; a Master of Conducting degree from Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville, Tennessee; and has completed two comprehensive graduate music education cores at the Kodály Center of America. She was awarded scholarships and received honors from all of these institutions.
As a conductor, vocalist, and keyboardist, she has worked with adult, youth, and children’s choirs and vocal teams in a variety of church and school settings. She is a composer/arranger and music editor, and has published anthems, arrangements, musicals, music collections, and articles with Abingdon Press, G.I.A. Publications, Shawnee Press, Pilgrim Press, and others. Ms. Butler-Moore is the Music Director at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos and the Worship Team Leader at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos, where she directs the i.o.t.a. band and leads the music in the Celebration worship service. She is also occasional accompanist for area schools, churches, and students.
In her teaching of private piano, private and university voice, and music theory, she has helped young musicians on the road to professional careers in music performance and education. She has also served as director and keyboardist in a number of musical shows and theatre productions and has enjoyed studio work both as a performer and as a recording session director. Throughout her career, she has sung with many choruses and ensembles, touring the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She has been privileged to sing outstanding choral literature in some of the great cathedrals and music halls of the world.
In addition to her musical endeavors, Nylea (pronounced “Nile,” like the river + “la”) enjoys reading books of many genres and taking her two “rescue” dogs for hikes through the enchanting landscapes of New Mexico.
Maria Jones has been playing the Celtic and Scandinavian fiddle since she was 5 years old. As the principal fiddler for Belisama Irish Dance in Santa Fe, she has played at festivals and events throughout the region, and has thrilled audiences with her vibrant arrangements played on a 5-string fiddle. In 2015, she made her first album of Scottish music with well-known folk musicians Brittany and Natalie Haas. She is currently a junior at UNM.
Nathan Salazar, a native of Los Alamos, serves as our pianist, and holds a Masters degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan where he studied with Martin Katz. Nathan made his orchestral debut in 2004 with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. His musical travels have taken him to England, Scotland, Italy, and Russia, as well as all over the United States. He performed in the International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music where he worked with Teresa Berganza. Nathan has been featured in performances at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He received a fellowship to Songfest in Los Angeles in 2013, where he studied with pianists Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, and Martin Katz, and worked with composers Jake Heggie, John Musto, and Libby Larsen. He recently took part in Songfest’s first commercial recording, which will be available in 2015. In January 2014, he was invited to be a part of Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday celebration through the series “The Song Continues” at Carnegie Hall, where he worked with Ms. Horne, Martin Katz, and the legendary Christa Ludwig.