Rio Rancho NM – There are some exciting things happening in the Rio Rancho Arts community! The non-profit arts group Rio Rancho Creative Crossroads (RRCC), which functions as the non-profit umbrella for the Rio Rancho Youth Chorus (RRYC) and the Rio Rancho Players (RRP), has decided that the time and conditions are right to hire their very first Executive Director. They have selected Aaron Howe, who had served as the founding Artistic Director of the RRYC since 2013. Mr. Howe makes this transition from Artistic to Executive Director during a time of rapid growth and exciting opportunity for this Rio Rancho arts organization.


When the RRCC was founded back in 2013, it supported only one arts program – the Rio Rancho Youth Chorus, and that chorus started with only 9 singing members. Since that time, the RRYC has grown to over 30 singing youth, and the RRCC has taken on two more entities: the Squeaky Shoe Project and The Rio Rancho Players (a community theater group). And with an additional chorus on the horizon to add to this group, the RRCC Board decided that this growing community needed to hire someone to help direct the workflow of these programs, to support their needs, and to provide them the resources and guidance so that they might continue to grow and succeed in their artistic ventures.


The RRCC is very excited to welcome Aaron Howe into this new Executive Director position. Not only has Aaron served 9 years as Artistic Director of the RRYC, he is also the current Artistic Director of the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus (since 2010) and Artistic Director of The Zia Singers in Santa Fe (since 2016). He is also the Chorus Master for Opera Southwest (since 2018). Aaron Howe brings many years of experience working with the arts in the community, including serving on the Board of Directors for Musical Theatre Southwest and teaching voice at the Albuquerque Academy Summer Program. Aaron transfers to his new duties as Executive Director as of July 1, 2022.


“Aaron was the natural choice for our first Executive Director. He has first-hand knowledge of our company and our programs, and he is deeply connected to the arts community all over Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. He shares our vision and dream for a vibrant arts community, and he has the personality and skills to make that dream a reality.” says Neal Shotwell, RRCC Board President.


About Rio Rancho Creative Crossroads:


Founded in 2013, RRCC is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to bring high quality, accessible arts opportunities to our area. We focus on finding ways to introduce both members and the community to bigger, bolder, extraordinary performing arts experiences. Our programming includes Rio Rancho Youth Chorus for middle/high school singers. Rio Rancho Children’s Chorus for 2nd-5th grade singers. Rio Rancho Players, our all-ages community theater group, and the Squeaky Shoe Project part of our art gives back program GenerARTistry. RRCC is supported by individual donors, local and national foundations, New Mexico Arts and our faithful volunteers and audiences.


Contact Info

Aaron Howe

Executive Director – Rio Rancho Creative Crossroads