The Chamber Music Cooperative of the Southwest

Who are we?

ChamberCHOPS, the CHamber Music CoOPerative of the Southwest, is a supportive, community-based group of performing musicians in mixed ensembles of winds, brass, strings, piano and vocalists. Throughout the year, we rehearse and perform together without a conductor. We work collectively and collaboratively to share our love of music with the Albuquerque community and surrounding areas. Our concerts remain FREE and we welcome everyone, young and old, to come and enjoy performances of pieces from a wide variety of styles, eras, and composers.

What We Do


 Our repertoire, ranging from Baroque to contemporary, includes the great works of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss as well as more modern composers such as Hindemith, Ligeti, Joplin and Duke Ellington. We have performed works that include anywhere from two to thirteen players. We program pieces based on suggestions from our musicians as well as our audience members and the community.


 CHOPS performs without a conductor and without an official Music Director. Our musicians participate as “directors” by submitting the music they want to play each season to the Board of Directors. Suggestions from the community and concertgoers are also strongly encouraged and considered when programming concerts. Our goal is to introduce musical variety into all of our concerts. However, we have been known to occasionally program around a “theme” including featuring the works of local composers such as Michael Mauldin.


Currently, ChamberCHOPS delivers four chamber concerts a year. We also provide musical support to the community through performances at schools, libraries, churches, synagogues, senior communities and for organizational fundraisers.

Our Board

Kay Yoest

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Dave Ampleford

Vice President
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Jan Gitzendanner

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Dan Ikenberg

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Allen Lappin

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Amy O'Brien

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