Washington School

136-J Washington St. SE

Albuquerque, NM 87108


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Montgomery School

10701 Montgomery Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87111


Darci Lobdell

Darci Lobdell - Voice Department Chair

Darci Lobdell has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree from the University of New Mexico.  She has sung with several choral groups in New Mexico including, Quintessence, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, University of New Mexico Concert Choir, Albuquerque Civic Chorus, Albuquerque Madrigal Singers, and Las Cantantes.  She has performed as an alto soloist numerous works including John Rutter’s "Dancing Day," Brahms’s "Liebeslieder-Walzes," Vivaldi’s "Gloria," and Brad Ellingboe’s "Requiem,"  Her principal roles include Diana in "La Calisto" performed with La Musica Lirica in Italy, Miss Pinkerton in "The Old Maid and the Thief," Cherubino in "Le Nozze di Figaro,"  Dorabella in "Cosi fan Tutte," and Terentia in "The Beautiful Bridegroom."  She is featured as a soloist on the Las Cantantes recording, "Dancing Day" and the UNM Concert Choir’s recording of Brad Ellingboe’s "Requiem."


Darci guides adults and youth in finding their own unique, individual voices.  She teaches with the idea that everyone can have the magic of music and all its benefits in their lives.


           "There is an incredible bond with the voice because it lives inside of us, we were born with it

            as a gift for the ability to communicate, emote, and connect with others.  I teach to develop

            the voice so that my students have tools and knowledge of all its capabilities so they can use

            their voice for any genre of music that they like."


Darci is currently studying Alexander Technique under master teacher Robyn Avalon at the Alexander Alliance Southwest in Santa Fe.  Alexander Technique is a practical, hands-on study of the principles of coordination, movement, habit, and awareness.  It is extremely useful to relieve pain and tension and rediscover ease, joy, flexibility, and grace in everyday life. This is incredibly useful for musicians because a musicians body is part of their instrument and the more they are aware of what is useful in their body the easier and more beautiful their musicianship will be.  In September, she was an assistant teacher to Ms. Avalon at the University of Alaska.  In November she traveled to Japan to study with master teachers Bruce Fertman and Sakiko Ishitsubo.  She also continues to study voice and vocal technique with Adriana Hardy in Washington DC and Nina Hinson in Santa Fe.