When the Rio Rancho High School Concert Choir takes the stage, it is much more than a concert, it is an event. Presenting music from different time periods and genres, while maintaining appropriate performance practices and enthusiasm for the repertoire is their specialty. Since the inception of Rio Rancho High School in 1997, the choir has grown and developed under the baton of several fine directors into a program that is recognized for its quality and dynamic performances. Members of the Concert Choir regularly receive Superior with Honors ratings at Solo and Ensemble Festival and are consistently well represented in the New Mexico All State Choirs. The choir has received Superior ratings at the annual NMMEA Central District VI Music Performance Assessments, including three perfect scores in March of 2014. The choir is currently under the direction of Mrs. Becky Talbott.
Becky began her music studies with piano at an early age. She studied choral conducting with John Clark and piano with Rita Angel at the University of New Mexico, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with Distinction in December 1984. She then received her Master’s Degree in Music Education in May 2002. She has taught all levels and grades and had an extensive private studio for many years as well. Becky is currently in her sixth year as Director of Choral Activities at Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, which currently boasts over one hundred thirty students participating in five choirs (Mixed Choir, Women’s Choir, Advanced Women’s Ensemble, Concert Choir, and the Ramifications). Becky is also the Vocal Director for the school’s musicals and adjudicates festivals throughout New Mexico. The Rio Rancho Concert Choir is the NMMEA All State Honor Choir for 2015.