Who We Are

Close Quarters – noun, plural; a situation of being very close to someone

We started off as five strangers. Over the years, through various shows, concerts, and gigs, we became both professional colleagues and friends – often times playing opposite each other or competing at the same auditions. We joke that between our various roles we’ve all been “married,” “divorced,” or “in love” with some combination of each other — thus our name. Joking aside, we found artistically compatible individuals who are passionate about making music together and focused on a high caliber of performance.

Daniela Deuel


Daniela is an avid performer and music educator (BME, The University of New Mexico), who has sung and taught for a variety of non-profits, local theaters, professional choruses, and other performance groups. Her highlight roles include: Sally/Mother in A Christmas Carol (Landmark) Emma Carew in Jekyll & Hyde (MTS), Marian Paroo in Music Man (Landmark), Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Landmark), & Antonia in Man of La Mancha (Landmark). Outside of the fine arts world, she can be found managing a financial planning firm, enjoying the local scene, and walking her two cute puppies.

Courtney Awe

Mezzo Soprano

Courtney is an actor, in addition to being a singer! She is currently acting like a grown up professional in her day job as a Global Account Manager in the world of IT. In addition to her endeavors with Close Quarters she also performs with NDI New Mexico as a vocalist, freelance soloist, film actor and has been seen on stage as Lady of the Lake (Spamalot – Landmark), Lucy Harris (Jekyll and Hyde – MTS) Luisa Contini (Nine – MTS), Paulette Bonafonté (Legally Blonde – ALT), among others. She is represented by the O’Agency. She is a new mother to her kitties, Gunther and Yzma, but refuses to own the title of crazy cat lady!

Colin Burdge


Colin is an active and involved singer, actor and music director (BA, Gonzaga University) who has performed in numerous stage productions of musical theatre, opera and varying chorus work. Favorite featured theatre roles include Jack in Newsies (MTS), Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in Jekyll & Hyde (MTS), Bobby in Company (MTS), Skimbleshanks in Cats (ALT), and Nobleman 2 in Wagner’s Lohengrin (Opera Southwest). He is Assistant Music Director of the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus and Director of the New Mexico QTones. When not on stage Colin waits tables at Scarpas Brick Oven Pizza, starts but seldom finishes many craft projects, and watches a lot of Netflix.

Jonathan Gallegos


Jonathan Gallegos is a vocalist, instrumentalist, music director, and voice teacher. Recent performances include Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Hedwig), Nine (Guido), and in Christmas Carol (Marley/Bob Cratchet). He holds a BA in Vocal Performance from New Mexico State University.

Paul Roth

Resident Pianist

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