No one should be without a song during the holidays, and if you live and work in Rio Rancho, the sounds of music are no further away than your nearest school, workplace, or in some cases your front door!
RRPS choral, band, and orchestra classes all perform holiday concerts at their schools or in the district’s performing arts centers. Many of them take their show on the road to local businesses, government offices, and especially senior centers throughout the district. In the photos here, the Enchanted Hills Elementary Mustang Chorale and the Rio Rancho Middle School choirs bring a little holiday cheer into the workplace. The RRMS group visited the Sandoval County Administration Building and Judicial Complex to entertain the staff members, judges, and sheriff’s deputies. Even Santa showed up to soak up the atmosphere and pass out goodies to the kids.
The holiday season even features dinner theater! One of the most elaborate holiday performances every holiday season is Cleveland High School’s Madrigal Dinner, this year featuring a punny farce called “Snow White and the Seven Sprites”. It is truly a multi-disciplinary celebration featuring all of Cleveland’s performing arts classes and disciplines: the Concert Choir, Mixed Choir, the Accelerando and Zenith Orchestras, the Madrigal Band, the Master Dancers, actors from the drama program, and behind the scenes the theater tech students who make it all happen. Guests dine on a sumptuous feast (though the ceremonial boar’s head is fake) while being entertained by strolling minstrels from the Bella Voce and Mixed Choir. A court jester (Joe Aragon) moderated the historical (hysterical?) hijinks onstage.
RRPS’s performing arts programs have been honored with top awards by the New Mexico Activities Association and the New Mexico Music Educators’ Association. The district offers fine and performing arts education to all students from kindergarten through high school.