Mary Ann Ybarra
Coro Lux Accompanist
Mary Ann Ybarra, pianist, now enjoys living out her aspirations of being a performing pianist. Her degrees include Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin, Master of Music from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and Bachelor of Music from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Before moving to Albuquerque, she taught piano, pedagogy and theory keyboard classes for 18 years in South Bend, IN at Indiana University at South Bend, Saint Mary’s College, Bethel College and maintained a home teaching studio. However, it is here in Albuquerque that she has pursued her heart’s desire of sharing music with others through performing. Not only does she collaborate on individual instrumental and vocal recitals, which she plays at least 5-10 per semester, but she also works with vocal, operatic, and orchestral ensembles. She is thrilled and honored to be working with Coro Lux.
Amber is a media and public relations professional, who happens to also be obsessed with music! Amber’s career in television broadcasting began at the early age of 25 as the weather anchor of the Spanish language television station, but she was quickly “discovered” by the mainstream media, where she worked as an anchor and reporter for KASA Fox 2 and KOB-4. Most recently, Amber was the co-host of the popular morning show, The Morning Brew with Larry Ahrens, where she interviewed artists, creatives, business leaders and innovators, each and every morning.
As a Public Relations and Media professional, Amber uses her knowledge of news production, media connections, and AP writing expertise to bring positive news stories to the community. It’s no easy feat, but for over ten years Amber has triumphed in bringing many stories covering the arts, community, charity and community service to the air that otherwise would have gone unrecognized.
Amber is now proudly using her talents to bring the Chamber Chorus of Coro Lux the publicity it deserves.
As a side note, Amber is also a pianist, composer, accompanist and piano teacher; following a passion that she has had since she was 4. She currently teaches 16 young piano students in her home studio in downtown Albuquerque.