Dr. Linda Mack Berven Artistic Director, Durango Choral Society Durango Women's Choir
Linda Mack Berven earned her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois, and was a long time Professor of Music at Fort Lewis College. She has served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Durango Choral Society (DCS) for the past 20 years. Dr. Mack Berven also conducts the Durango Women's Choir, and is a former Music Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Her appearances as a conductor, pianist, singer, and harpsichordist have included the San Juan Symphony, Fort Lewis College faculty recitals, Third Avenue Arts Recital Series, Music in the Mountains Festival, Showcase Concert Series, and the Durango Bach Festival, and she regularly performs as part of the Vivace Piano Duo. Under Dr. Mack Berven's direction, DCS singers have appeared with choral colleagues and orchestras at Carnegie Hall in 2010 and 2018, as well as in in Honolulu, Prague, Greece, Zagreb, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Linz. The Choral Society has twice been awarded the Chorus America Alice Parker/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. In June 2020, the Choir will join forces with the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina to perform Vivaldi's Gloria in Florence and Venice.
Amy Barrett Artistic Director, Durango Children's Chorale Durango Youth Chorus
Amelia Barrett has been conducting choirs, playing, and teaching piano for over 18 years in the Four Corners area. She received her B.A. in Music Education from Fort Lewis College where she studied piano with Ying Ying Liu and Norman Krieger. She currently maintains a private piano studio in her home and is the Artistic Director of the Durango Children's Chorale, Durango Youth Chorus, Durango Barbershop Chorus, and the Durango Chamber Music Academy. Amy is a frequent clinician for choral and orchestra festivals in Colorado and New Mexico and both her school orchestras and community choirs have performed at the NMMEA and CMEA music festivals as well as at Carnegie Hall. She is currently the music teacher at Sunnyside Elementary School in Durango, Colorado.