Ken – President
Ken Miller retired from teaching in May 2019. Prior to retirement, Ken taught fifteen years as Chair of Fine and Performing Arts and Director of Choirs at Carlsbad HS. The CHS Troubadours, under his direction, were known for the integrity and vitality of their singing. They were a consistent top-placed choir at the NMAA State Choir Contests where they were Back-to-Back NM State Champions in 2012 & 2013.
In 2019, Ken served as Acting Director of Choral Activities at Eastern New Mexico University. In addition to his teaching at ENMU, Ken is Instructor in Music at NMSU-Carlsbad.
Ken has built award-winning choirs in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Germany where Ken and Lisa taught music at The International School of Düsseldorf, Germany. While living in Germany, Ken sang with the Düsseldorf Symphony Chorus and in a semi-professional chamber choir which recorded and toured extensively in what was then East Germany behind the Iron Curtain. As a singer in Germany, Ken sang under the batons of Kristof Penderecki, Olivier Messian, Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Haitink, Helmuth Rilling, and Bernard Klee, among the most notable.
Ken studied at Hardin-Simmons University and received his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin. Ken has completed post-graduate study in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College under Robert Shaw, Howard Swan, Weston Noble, and Joseph Flummerfelt. He also studied conducting under Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schmidt at the Robert Schumann Hochschüle für Musik in Düsseldorf.
Ken and Lisa have four sons. Three are in university and their caboose attends Carlsbad High School. Lisa continues teaching elementary music in Carlsbad.
Paul Hallsted – Executive Director
Paul Hallsted is currently teaching choir and guitar at Alma d’Arte Charter High School in Las Cruces, NM. He has been a music educator for over 35 years, teaching all levels of students, which include pre-school, elementary school, middle school, high school, and university.
Paul Hallsted received his bachelor and master degrees from New Mexico State University. He has completed three levels of Orff Certification, two levels of Kodaly Certification, and the Endorsed Trainer Program from Phyllis Weikart’s program,Education Through Movement: Building the Foundation. He has also completed level 3 of Creating Artistrywith Henry Leck.
Paul has served as a guest clinician for honor choirs throughout the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and New York. He is active as a clinician for general music and choral workshops throughout the country. Mr. Hallsted’s most recent professional development presentation was in Wuhan, China where he presented a choral workshop, an Orff Schulwerk workshop, and rehearsed with the Tian TaiShi Buddhist Temple Choir.
Paul was inducted into the New Mexico Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the New Mexico General Music Teacher of the Year Award in 1996. Paul has served as General Music vice president for NMMEA on two separate occasions, president of the New Mexico Chapter of American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and as a Regional Representative for AOSA. In addition to being a faculty member for many Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses, Paul has presented numerous workshops at local, state, and national levels.
Louise Loomis – Past President
Louise Loomis received BA and MA degrees in music education from the University of New Mexico. Further studies include Orff – Schulwerk training from Denver University, Hamline University, The University of St. Thomas, The University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She has received the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Teacher of the Year Award, the John M. Batcheller Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Music, and the Albuquerque Arts Alliance Bravo Award for Excellence in Arts Education. Louise taught elementary music classes for the Albuquerque Public Schools, San Felipe Pueblo, and Manzano Day School. She teaches Music Rhapsody classes for young children, prepares children’s choruses for the Santa Fe Opera and Opera Southwest, and conducts the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program’s Preparatory Choir. She now teaches music classes for third, fourth, and fifth graders at Sunset Mesa School in Albuquerque.
Destiny Hunt – Treasurer
Destiny Hunt is a proud New Mexico native who graduated from NMSU in 2019 with a degree in Music Education. After graduating, Miss. Hunt accepted a choral teaching position at Carlsbad High School.
Amy Sewell – Secretary
Amy Sewell received BA in music education from the University of New Mexico in 2005. She now teaches at Mesa Verde Elementary School in Farmington, NM.
Marilyn Barnes – Membership Chair
Mariyln Barnes studied music education at the University of Idaho. Marilyn recently retired from choral conducting in the Santa Fe Public Schools.