Quarai 2015




Tenor I

Dave Bailey has been a part of choral singing since high school many decades ago. He has sung with the Los Alamos Choral Society and the Sangre de Cristo Chorale. In Albuquerque, he has sung with Quintessence and Quodlibet and several church choirs. Professionally, he would have been a computer scientist had that degree been invented when he went to graduate school. Trained as a mathematician, he wrote code for supercomputer operating systems and spent many years doing network security. Today he sits at home and builds networks in the cloud.

Greg Haschke has been with the group since its second season. He discovered the joy of choral music at the ripe age of 24 and has participated in church and community choirs ever since. His other passions include gardening, winemaking, cycling, and Scouting. Professionally, Greg is an electrical engineer at Sandia Labs.

John Yip is retired from his second career at Sandia Labs. Holder of a B.A. in music education, John has taught music to children from elementary through high school. He has an M.M. in choral conducting. John founded and directed the Aztec Community Chorus. He also founded and directed the High Desert Harmonizers for ten years. John has been singing since the 4th grade. His other interests are in outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, running, motorcycling and traveling.

Billy Brown's first choral group was the Alma College Choir.   He sang in the Stockton Chorale in Stockton, CA. In Albuquerque, Billy sang with Quintessence, Albuquerque Civic Chorus and Soli Musica.  He continues to sing with Albuquerque Madrigal Singers. Billy teaches Mathematics and Statistics at UNM and tutors privately, is a published poet and poetry event organizer and owns a baking and catering company, Cuisine del Corazón.

Tenor II

John Berry has a rich musical history, beginning with piano and moving on to voice. No stranger to male vocal singing, he sang in a 100-voice chorus at The Citadel and barbershop groups from time to time. Recently he continues as a "rabid" church choir member and has held roles in the Albuquerque Academy's Gilbert and Sullivan productions. John works as an Operations Research Analyst, specializing in test and evaluation for the Defense Department.

Omar Durant has sung locally with many groups, including Opera Southwest, Quintessence, Masterchorale, the NMSO Chorus, and the St. Paul Lutheran Church Choir. Omar works as Library Services Manager for the Albuquerque Public Schools. In his spare time he enjoys photography, backpacking and camping, and writing. 

William (Bill) Foote grew up in a gospel tradition. He sang with the UNM A Cappella Choir and has been a member of the St Paul Lutheran Church Choir for about 30 years. He is a forensic psychologist, and has been quite active in the field, serving on a number of national boards and publishing in journals, and in a book.

Edward Seymour, is a flutist with an M.M. from the University of Michigan.  He credits indulgent grandparents and a musical Mom for nurturing his early music studies,  beginning with piano. He sang and performed with church and school choirs during his formative years in northeastern Ohio,  continuing through his undergraduate years in New England with the Middlebury College Choir, its men's group, the Dissipated Eight, and the Vermont Symphony.  In Michigan,  he worked with various choruses and orchestras,  including stints with Musket Theatre chorus and the Black Sheep Repertory Theatre Orchestra. A New Mexican merely 25 years,  Ed works as a private music instructor in the  Santa Fe/ Albuquerque area and continues to perform.


Bass I

Bruce Castle started singing as a child in a musical family.  He has sung with MasterChorale and the NMSO Chorus, in addition to de Profundis. He is a real estate attorney by day, but his real passions are music, reading, cycling and almost anything else outdoors.    

Ross Roberts' life changed dramatically when his dad signed him up for ninth grade choir. Eventually that led to his participation in the Maryland All-State Choir, under the direction of the internationally acclaimed conductor Paul Salamunovich. This became the catalyst for Ross studying choral conducting under Salamunovich, and for a lifetime interest in choral music which became a career not in conducting, but in selling choral music at The Music Mart. Ross enjoys his supportive family and church family, reading, and travel.

Tony Worsham is grateful to be back in the choral scene after a brief interlude in marching band toting a trumpet. By day Tony works as a hospitalist taking care of patients and teaching students at UNM. He also enjoys learning new languages, reading, and programming.

Bass II

Ed Fancovic
first began singing in medical school, when his class formed a chorus. He has sung with a number of church and secular groups since then; locally, he has sung with the World Vocal Ensemble and with the Cathedral Choir and Chamber Choir at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, and with Santa Fe Music Works. He works as an internal medicine/primary care physician at UNM.

Greg Flynn didn't begin singing until he was in his early '40s, when he joined a Lutheran church and was recruited to perform a minor role in "Godspell."  He enjoyed it so much that he joined the church choir, started taking voice lessons, and in the ensuing years he has sung with church choirs, the NMSC, and Coro Lux.  Greg is currently between careers and studying engineering and business at UNM.

Eric W. Metzler began his singing career began as a member of Chung Chi Boy Choir in Kowloon, Hong Kong where he lived as the oldest of five children of Mennonite missionaries.  He enjoyed choral singing at Goshen College in northern Indiana. He had a few seasons with the Charleston Symphony Singer's Guild and as a member of the Bangor Maine Barbershop chorus. He also sings with Quodlibet and the local Shape Note singers. Eric is aspecialist in Geriatrics and Hospice Medicine.



David Poole holds an M.M. in Choral Conducting and in Vocal Performance and a B.A. in English Literature. He has studied at Indiana University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of New Mexico, and Westminster Choir College. David is presently the Director of Music at La Mesa Presbyterian Church and a private voice teacher. He is also a published author and composer, who can often be found seeking inspiration along the trout streams of northern New Mexico. 

Visit David Poole's web site at www.davidepoole.com