Recent Alums

Alumni, University of Washington Choral Program

  • Amanda Huntleigh, D.M.A. Choral Conducting Completed 2017. Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer of Music at Smith College, Massachusetts. “Choristers’ Perceptions of Laban-based Conducting Gestures.”
  • Stephen O’Bent, M.M. Choral Conducting, Completed 2016. Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Music, DigiPen institute of Technology Department of Music.
  • Jeshua Franklin, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2016. Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting at Lincoln Trail College, Illinois. “A Way of Doing Things: Exploring and Applying the Alexander Technique for Choral Conductors.”
  • Johann van Niekerk, D.M.A. Choral Conducting Completed 2014. Director of Choral Activities, Centre College, Kentucky. “Messiahs and Pariahs:  Suffering and Social Conscience in the Passion Genre from J.S Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1727) to David Lang’s little match girl passion (2007).”
  • Jeremiah Cawley, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2016. Adjunct Professor of Music, Georgia State University, Georgia. “The Economic, Aesthetic, and Nonprofit Organization of Professional Vocal Ensemble: Toward a Theory of the Performing Arts.”
  • Brian Winnie, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2014. Director of Choral Activities at Southwestern College, Kansas. “Contemporary Vocal Techniques in the Choral Rehearsal: Exploratory Strategies for Learning.”
  • Deyanira Gualdrón, M.M. Choral Conducting Completed 2014. Directora coros Integrados at Red Escuelas De Musica.
  • Wendy Moy, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2014. Assistant Professor at Connecticut College. “Come Together: An Ethnography of the Seattle Men’s Chorus Family.”
  • Gary Cannon, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2014. Artistic Director, Emerald Ensemble, Vashon Island Chorale and Cascadian Chorale. “From Oldham to Oxford: The Formative Years of Sir William Walton.”
  • Jeremiah Selvey, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2014. Visiting Professor, Connecticut College. “The Choral Expressivity Study: Mixed Methods Examination of the Visual and Aural Modes of Perception in Choral Performance Evaluations.”
  • Bret Amundson, D.M.A. Choral Conducting Completed 2012. Associate Professor and Director of General Education at College of St. Scholastica (MN). “Factors related to continued choral participation from high school to college.”
  • Melissa Thorne, M.M. Choral Conducting Completed 2012. Director of Choirs, Corner Canyon High School, Utah.
  • Brad Pierson, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2013. Director of Choral Activities at University of Toledo, Ohio. “Hugo Distler (1908-1942): Recontextualizing Hugo Distler’s Music for Performance in the Twenty-First Century.”
  • Eric Barnum, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2013. Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin Osh-Kosh. “100 Chants: A Resource for Choral Practice and Performance.”
  • Trina Elliott, MM 2013, Director of Choral Activities, Ketchikan HS
  • Laney McClain Armstrong, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2013. Conductor of Cantabile Youth Singers, California. “’Now Sing from the Mouth and From the Heart’: The Spiritual Folksongs of Cyrillus Kreek.”
  • Yuly Kopkin, MM 2012, previously Professor of Choral Music at Ural State University in Yekaterinburg, Russia, currently freelance musician in Seattle
  • Laurie Betts Hughes, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2011. Director of Choral Activities of Corporate Choirs: Play at Work, Adjunct Instructor of Music at Northwest University, Founding Artistic Director of Redmond Chorale. “Choral Arrangements of American Folk Songs: An Annotated Inventory with Selected Recommendations.”
  • Pyoung Kim, M.M. Choral Conducting, Completed 2011. Adjunct Professor at Kentucky Christian University, Director of Music at Harrodsburg Christian Church.
  • Ryan Osinski, DMA 2011, Counter Intelligence Officer, US Army
  • James Bowyer, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2010. Assistant Professor of Music Education at Indiana University South Bend. “Graduated Sightsinging Instruction: An Adaptation of the Kodaly Concept to Teach Sightsinging to Collegiate Choir.”
  • Gene Peterson, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2010. Director of Choral Activities at Bethel University, Director of Tours and Artistic Director of Choirs at Perform International.  “The life and concepts of choral conductor William Dawson Hall (b. 1934).”
  • Núria Molins, M.M. Choral Conducting, Completed 2010. Directora: Cromatica, cor de dones, Spain.
  • Megan Huckabay Lapp, MM 2010. Artistic Director of Bend Vocal Artists, Bend, Oregon.
  • Jean-Marie Kent, DMA 2009. Director of Choral Activities at Roosevelt HS and Eckstein Middle, Director of Vivissimi at Seattle Girls Choir. “Antonio Vivaldi’s Dramatic Choruses in Oratorios and Operas: Toward historically informed performance.”
  • Heather MacLaughlin Garbes, D.M.A., Choral Conducting Completed 2009. Affiliate Assistant Professor of Scandinavian Studies at University of Washington. “The choral works of Ester Magi:  a brief study and annotated catalog.”
  • Leo Sanker, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2009. Music director of Pacific Northwest Schola Cantorum. “The Sacred Choral Music of Normand Lockwood: An Analysis and critical edition of his Mass of the Holy Ghost.”
  • Rob Bigley, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2009. Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Lancaster Bible College. “The Choral Music of Gloria Wilson Swisher.”
  • Katherine Chan, MM 2009, Director of Choral Connection Community Choir, Brisbane, Australia
  • John Williams, M.M. Choral Conducting, Completed 2008.
  • Adam Burdick, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2007, “The influence of French Baroque dance on the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach.”
  • Jason Anderson, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2007. Director of the Compline Choir at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle. “The life and works of Peter R. Hallock (b. 1924).”
  • Shane Lynch, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2007. Associate Professor and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Washington and Lee University. “Music historiography and useful style histories: the case for the evolving era of Neo-Impressionism and its influence on American choral music of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.