Nylea Butler-Moore became Coro de Cámara’s Artistic Director in 2014. 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 graduate music education levels at the Kodály Center of America in Massachusetts. She was awarded scholarships and received honors from each of these institutions.
As a conductor, vocalist, and keyboardist, Nylea (pronounced “Nile,” like the river, + “la”) has worked with adult, youth, and children’s choirs and vocal teams in school and church settings. Through her teaching of piano, voice, and music theory, she has helped youth and college students on the road to professional music careers. Her background includes serving as director and keyboardist in numerous music and theatre productions and doing studio work as a performer and a recording session director. Nylea is a published composer/arranger, writer, and music editor. Throughout her career, she has sung with many choruses and ensembles, touring the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand and singing in some of the great cathedrals and music halls of the world. Nylea currently serves two congregations in Los Alamos, as Music Director at the Unitarian Church and Director of the i.o.t.a. band at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She is also an occasional accompanist for area schools, churches, and students.
Yelena Mealy, Coro Pianist, was born in Kazan, a large Russian city on the Volga River. There she started her musical instruction at age six. She attended Russian Musical Schools culminating in a Professional Certificate in Piano Pedagogy and Collaborative Piano. Since moving to the United States in 2001, Yelena has been continuously employed as a piano teacher and a professional accompanist. She has her own piano studio and accompanies for Coro de Cámara, several local churches, Los Alamos High School, and for instrumentalists and vocalists.