Caliente Community Chorus is a diverse, non-auditioned volunteer choir ensemble of fun-loving melody makers who strive to inspire both our audience members and our choir partners, to provide a creative outlet for our singers and to travel to exotic locations where musical experiences transcend language and cultural barriers. Caliente's goal is to continue to grow in quality and artistry with every performance. Members are inspired to care passionately about the quality of their vocal sound, the professionalism of their performances, and the value of a quality production. To that end, we have collaborated with other community organizations such as local college and high school choirs, brass and orchestra ensembles, and San Juan Symphony. We also strive to seek new venues and performances opportunities, penetrate new markets, and explore new programming opportunities that might involve other groups such as other choirs, dancers, actors, instrumental ensembles, as well as the use of visual arts to enhance our production. Works performed are diverse in both variety and difficulty and include opera choruses, cathedral classics, world folk tunes, jazz standards, and traditional Broadway and cinema greats.
Robyn Woodard and Virginia Nickels
Meet Our Director Virginia Nickels-Hircock is a native of Harrison, Arkansas where she was an active choir, band and piano student. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she received Bachelor Degrees in Music and Music Education. Ms. Nickels received a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting and Music Education from Westminster College. Virginia has been employed with the FMS District since 1990, and has taught at Piedra Vista High School for the past 17 years. Virginia loves the Farmington area. She is active in community musical endeavors. She has performed with the San Juan College Masterworks program, served as Choir Master for the Showcase Adult Choir and was the vocal director for San Juan College’s production of “Sweeney Todd” and “Little Shop of Horrors”, and Sandstone’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof”. Ms. Nickels is the co-founder and conductor of Caliente Community Chorus. Ms. Nickels-Hircock was honored in 2016 as the Farmington Municipal Schools Teacher of the Year, and in 2011 as the NMMEA Music Educator of the Year. Virginia has been nominated for the Disney Outstanding Teacher Award, and Who’s Who Among American Teachers. She received the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the World of Music Festival in 2002 and the Foundation for Excellence Red Apple Award in 2008, 2010, and 2012.
Meet Our Accompanist Robyn Ferre Woodard has lived in Farmington for most of her life. Robyn fell in love with the piano at the age of eight and realized her passion for music would drive her to try anything musical. Robyn played flute in junior high school band, and began accompanying for Mr. Angelo Turano’s High School Choir. Robyn was active as accompanist for the choirs, as well as playing in marching, symphonic, and jazz bands. Robyn attended BYU on a performance scholarship and traveled with the Young Ambassadors. Robyn’s life then took a turn towards family. She taught her six children the joys of sharing and performing music. During these years she created a band that played for many functions in town. Her “Breezin’ Band” soon incorporated her children playing different instruments and singing together. Robyn has performed vocally not only with her family but with Showcase Choir and in the SJC Masterworks Concerts. Her love for the youth has kept her in the school system where she has worked with and accompanied most of the choirs in elementary, middle, high school and college throughout the area. Ms. Woodard has worked with many talented directors but has found her niche working with Ms. Nickels. Together Robyn and Virginia have created a choral ensemble for non-auditioned adult singers, “Caliente Community Chorus.”