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Congratulations, choral graduates!

Pictured: Miriam Anderson, David Wimett, Geoffrey Boers, Giselle Wyers, and Leann Conley-Holcom

On June 9-10, six choral conducting students graduated from the University of Washington! Several had some words to share about their experience in our program and thoughts about the future:

The UW choral conducting program was a wonderful place to build relationships with an amazing community of musicians, develop as an authentic leader, and invest in myself as a vocally-grounded conductor. Now that I have completed my degree, I look forward to creating movement-based applications for vocal and conducting instruction that combine some of the empirical findings from my dissertation with my immersive experiences becoming a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. In the fall, I will continue in my position as Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer at Smith College.

– Amanda Huntleigh, DMA
Dissertation title: Choristers’ Perceptions of Laban-based Conducting Gestures

I am grateful for my time at the University of Washington and for the ways that I have been encouraged to grown as a conductor, scholar, and individual. The nurturing environment, inspiring and challenging mentoring, and mutually-supportive community of choral graduate students did so much for me. I’m a proud Husky and alum of this program!

– Leann Conley-Holcom, DMA
Dissertation title: ‘Come, All My Dear Brethren, and Help Me to Sing’: Dialogue and Participation as Foundations for the Choral Performance of Sacred Harp Music

The choral conducting program at the University of Washington is incredibly unique. You are surrounded by peers and mentors who all have tremendous gifts. Over the past two years I have become not only a better musician and conductor, but I’ve become a teacher- something I was not expecting. I’m not yet sure what I will be doing next year, but whatever I choose, I am sure that the experiences I’ve had and skills I’ve learned at UW will be integral to my success.
– Miriam Anderson, MM
Master’s exam topics included: Prison Choirs, Yoga for Musicians, Dance for Conductors, South and West African Choral Music and Percussion Accompaniment, Mozart Mass in C Minor, Mahler’s choral works, and more

 We are also thrilled to congratulate DMA recipients Ryan Ellis and Brenda Mohr, as well as MM recipient David Wimett!

Right: Leann Conley-Holcom, Brenda Mohr, and Ryan Ellis
Left: Miriam Anderson, Geoffrey Boers, and David Wimett

Embracing the Journey

The UW Summer Chorale presents “Embracing the Journey,” a program of music spanning the ages from the Baroque and Romantic eras to the present and emotional landscapes from despair and sorrow to hope, faith and comfort. Program selections include the Bach cantata “My Heart Swims Blood,” new work by Seattle composer Susan Maughlin Wood and Ola Gjeilo, and Coldplay’s “Fix You,” among others.  Conductor Ryan Ellis is currently studying for his doctorate in choral conducting at University of Washington.  Please join us tomorrow night, August 13, at 7:30 pm at University Presbyterian Church (4540 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA).  There will be no charge for this event!  A link to more information about the program can be found here.