Rio Rancho – One of the only choruses in the area for middle and high school students, that is not affiliated with a school, The Rio Rancho Youth Chorus is thrilled to announce Colin Burdge as their new Artistic Director! The former director of the RRYC, Aaron Howe, has moved into the role of Executive Director of the umbrella non-profit Rio Rancho Creative Crossroads, after serving 9 years as the founding Artistic Director. The RRYC looks forward with great enthusiasm to the leadership of Colin Burdge, a young director and performer of great skill and accomplishment!


Colin is extremely well known and respected in the choral and theater community in Albuquerque. His great talent and drive earned him a degree in Vocal Performance from Gonzaga University, and to many solo performances in NM with the New Mexico Symphony Chorus, the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, and Opera Southwest. He also performs regularly with Polyphony Voices Of New Mexico. Colin has also served as the Assistant Director of the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus for the last 5 years, where he also directs the outreach ensemble of the NMGMC, the QTones. Colin has a vast array of experience performing challenging lead roles in community musicals, such as Company, Jekyll and Hyde, and Fun Home. He is also known for being a top notch music director, making his debut with Musical Theater Southwest’s production of Nine, and currently music directing two musicals at the same time: The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Carrie The Musical.


“Colin Burdge is one of the most talented and sought-after directors and performers around. I have had the privilege of working with him over the years, and I am continually astounded at the complexity of musical projects that he is able to master, and amazed at the high quality that he is able to bring out of a wide variety of performers. Any chorus or theater would be absolutely delighted to have Colin leading their music program, and the RRYC feels extremely fortunate and grateful that he will be joining us as Artistic Director. We are eagerly anticipating seeing and hearing what he will be able to accomplish with our enthusiastic singers.” says Aaron Howe, Executive Director of RRCC.


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