The Albuquerque Civic Chorus is truly a community chorus, composed of over seventy singers from a diverse range of backgrounds, musical experience, ages and occupations. What unites us is our joy in singing and sharing our music with the public. We are a non-auditioned group and welcome all adult singers, ages seventeen and up, who share our passion.
The Albuquerque Civic Chorus is proud to announce the appointment of Jerrilyn Foster as its Music Director for the upcoming 82nd season. She becomes the latest in a long line of distinguished directors, the most recent being Renato Estacio-Burdick, who led the chorus as interim director last season.
Jerrilyn Foster has been a prominent member of the Albuquerque choral music community, serving as a music educator in public and private schools and music director for many secular and sacred choral groups.
In addition to leading the Albuquerque Civic Chorus, she is also the Director of Traditional Music Worship at Central United Methodist Church, Director of the Westside Concert Chorale and the Albuquerque Girl Choir. Jerrilyn has served as choirmaster for performances with the New Mexico Philharmonic and has conducted the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque.
As part of her role as a music educator, she has adjudicated large choral groups, solo and ensemble competitions for all school districts in New Mexico, and has served as a high school Honor Choir clinician for Districts VI, VI and VII.
Among the notable works she has directed are Handel’s Messiah and Chandos Anthems, Bach Cantata 140, Faure Requiem, Schumann Requiem, Rutter Requiem and Gloria, Leavitt Mass and Schubert Mass in G. She has also directed music for performances of West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, Footloose, Brigadoon and Guys and Dolls.
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Jerrilyn received her Bachelor of Music Education (Voice) from Oberlin Conservatory, a Master of Music Education (Voice) from Stanford University and a Master of Music Education (Kodaly Method – Conducting) from Holy Names College.