Carrizozo Works, Inc.

Carrizozo Works, Inc.

Working at the Crossroads of New Mexico


Photo: Richard T Bryant

Thank you to our incredible community for a sold out fundraiser!!! We raised $5,000 for our historic Theater’s facade renovation. Thank you for joining us on for the lighting celebration marking the Lyric’s 100 year anniversary!


This is your opportunity to invest in the Carrizozo Historic District and the Lyric Theater’s restoration– a quintessential component of Carrizozo’s identity, history, and unique character.

Check out our press in the Ruidoso News!

In addition to this article about historic theaters in New Mexico and the LYRIC in particular.



Checks payable to: ‘Carrizozo Works- Lyric Fund’

Mail checks to: Carrizozo Works, PO Box 1036, Carrizozo, NM, 88301

Drop of payments in person: Fridays from 12-1pm at the Theater

Paypal here. Please add a note for the ‘LYRIC Fund.’

Receipt of donations will be sent promptly.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Ray Dean // Carrizozo Works INC:, 575-648-5586

Paula Wilson // MoMAZoZo:, 617-642-8985


Carrizozo Festival and Artists Studio Tour Information
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Concert this Sunday!
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Artists Studio Tour Map is here!
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Kite Flying Contest Registration Form
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Music in Carrizozo this Sunday!

Carrizozo Music is pleased to present The Southwest Chamber Winds in concert at 3 PM on Sunday, August 30 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Carrizozo. Featuring woodwinds and piano, the group will play a Mozart piano quintet, a Handel concerto with English Horn, and chamber music by Delibes and Lickl. A reception and opportunity to meet the musicians will follow the concert. On Monday, August 31, at 10 AM, the group will perform at the Carrizozo Schcarrizozo music smool Old Gym for students in K-6. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

To reach both church and school from Route 54, turn West at 12th Street, between the 54 Emporium and Roy’s Ice Cream Parlor and go one block. Turn right onto D Ave and go two blocks to the corner of D Ave, and 10th Street.

Southwest Chamber Winds unites Las Cruces area professional wind players, plus a pianist, to play a variety of woodwind repertoire. The Carrizozo concerts will include Carl Fels on oboe and English horn, bassonist Page Bartz, pianist, Leah Houpt, David Ross on clarinet and Celeste Shearer on French horn.

Thanks to Zia Natural Gas Company for sponsoring both concerts. We appreciate their commitment to furthering the music and arts in Lincoln County and Carrizozo Municipal Schools.

Carl Fels toured extensively in the U.S. and the Orient as principal oboist with the Mantovani Orchestra. For a number of years he also played with the Symphony of the Americas in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. As a chamber musician, he has performed in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as the U.S.

Page Bartz toured in the U.S. and the Orient as principal bassoonist with the Mantovani Orchestra. For five summers she also toured in Austria and Hungary with the Festival Orchestra of the 18th Century. Ms. Bartz has been very active as a chamber musician in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area since moving to New Mexico.

Leah Houpt has an extremely extensive background as a chamber musician, ranging from accompanying college choirs and instrumental masterclasses to working with soloists and performing with the El Paso Symphony. She also plays harpsichord and organ in Baroque – themed concerts with the Southwest Chamber Winds.

David Ross has been a featured performer at music festivals and conferences in Europe (England, Germany, and Switzerland) and in the U.S. He is also in much demand nationally and internationally as a clinician and lecturer. David is principal clarinet of the El Paso Symphony and has appeared often in local chamber music concerts.

Celeste Shearer received a fellowship to study with the Empire Brass Quintet at the Tanglewood Institute. She has performed with the Amarillo Symphony, the Lubbock Symphony, and the El Paso Symphony. Currently she plays french horn with the Roswell Symphony and is frequently in demand as a chamber musician.

Our 2015 season also includes:

September 29, 7 PM Willy Sucre and Friends, Beethoven String Quartet, Opus 95, Haydn’s “Surprise” Quartet. (3PM school concert)

October 19, Zuill Bailey and David Leisner, Music of Manual de Falla, and Schubert’s Arpeggione . (3PM school concert)

For more information about any of the concerts please check, or call Elaine Brannen at 575-648-2757 or Barbara Culbertson at 575-648-2279. Carrizozo Music sponsors a series of classical, summer pops and school outreach concerts with a commitment to providing free quality music to the residents of Lincoln County and surrounding area.

Community Library

  • CWI is currently accepting book donations every forth Saturday from 9am-noon in the ‘old motel’ across from Ned’s plumping.
  • CWI is currently accepting donations of salable furniture, household items, tools, sporting goods, and hobby crafts (no electronics please) every forth Saturday from 9am-noon in ‘The Stor’ storage facility, Unit 15, 1212 ‘E’ Avenue (US Hwy 54) behind Ned’s Plumbing.
  • All donations are tax deductible. We also welcome monetary donations.


Carrizozo Festival and Artists’ Studio Tour coming up!!

Everything you wanted to know

about the 2017 Carrizozo Festival and

Artists’ Studio Tour! 

Click here for a full summary of events for the 2017 Carrizozo Festival and Artists’ Studio Tour

Click here for the Studio Tour Map page 1

Click here for the Studio Tour Map page 2

Click here for more town events during the Festival

‘Murder at the Hollywood Hotel’ a short animated film by Rick Geary, screening Saturday, August 12th, at 5pm, at The Historic Lyric Theater during the Carrizozo Festival and Artist Tour Weekend. 506 12th Street, Carrizozo, New Mexico


Carrizozo Works, Inc. (CWI) is a nonprofit community and economic development organization. Our purpose is improving the quality of life, as well as the educational and financial well-being, of  the region.

The Town of Carrizozo has made economic development a high priority. In addition to adopting efforts to retain and improve the health of existing businesses, it also includes the recruitment of new retail businesses to serve a growing population. Attracting light industrial, manufacturing and other employment opportunities for its existing and future citizenry is another of the economic goals of the Town.

To these ends, Carrizozo Works, Inc. (CWI) has been charged by the Town to ensure that recruitment efforts are in line with the cultural and deeply felt emotional values of the community, and to offer potential business investors as much assistance through the development process as possible.

Opportunities abound in Carrizozo and Lincoln County; whether you are a business person, a visitor or a local resident, we have something to offer for everyone.

Contact us today about opportunities in Carrizozo by calling 575-648-8500 or email for more information.