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Mary-Ellin Brooks

Location: New Mexico, USA
Mary-Ellin Brooks (Executive Director, Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest) has loved music since she was a child and sang show tunes – loudly – in her parents’ basement. She is responsible for overall operations in support of Quintessence’s mission, including publicity; concert and event planning; and assisting the Artistic Director and Board of Directors with strategy and development. A long-time choral performer and enthusiast, Mary-Ellin was previously the Marketing Director for Quintessence, and over the years has served on the boards of choral groups in NM and CA. She spent ten years with Intel Corporation in Rio Rancho, NM and Santa Clara, CA, performing roles ranging from process engineering to worldwide press relations, combining her knowledge of process technology with an interest in marketing and communications. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT, with a minor in music. Mary-Ellin also sings alto with Quintessence.

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