Assistant Conductors

New York native, Joslyn Thomas is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College, earning a B.M in Music Education degree. During her time at Westminster, she performed with the Westminster Williamson Voices, Kantorei and Symphonic Choir. As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joslyn sang under the batons of Joe Miller, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alan Gilbert, Charles Dutoit, and Pablo Heras-Casado in notable venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall and the Kimmel Center with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke‘s. During her three years singing with Amanda Quist and Westminster Kantorei, she toured France and England, performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, and sang on the ensemble’s first CD, Lumina. During her time with the Williamson Voices and James Jordan, she attended the Choral Institute at Oxford as a chorister-in-residence for three summers, performed Arvo Part’s Kanon Pokajanen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and can be heard on Hole in the SkyCarolae: Music for ChristmasSilence into Light, and Sunrise Mass: the music of Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. Joslyn has served as a mentor for the Oxford University Choral Singing Summer School, a program that gathers singers from around the world to work together for a week of study in the art of choral singing. In addition to Joslyn’s study as a choral singer, she has studied conducting extensively with James Jordan and has participated in conducting masterclasses with Charles Bruffy, Bruce Chamberlain, Steve Pilkington, and Tom Shelton. Currently, Joslyn is a M.M. in Choral Conducting student at the University of Washington where she studies with Geoffrey Boers and Giselle Wyers, and serves as an assistant conductor of the University Chorale. When she’s not in the Seattle area, she can be heard singing with The Same Stream, a professional choir based in Philadelphia, conducted by James Jordan.

 

Luke Duroc-Danner is a conductor, singer, pianist, and organist. He holds a B.A. in music from the University of Chicago where his thesis on Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, was awarded honors by the music faculty. Luke has appeared as the emerging artist with The Strangers Ensemble and as a guest conductor and organist at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple. As a pianist, he has appeared as both a soloist and a collaborative pianist – most notably in a performance at the Library of Congress while a Junior Fellow. He has sung with the University of Chicago’s Motet Choir, the Chicago Chorale, and the Apollo Chorus. During his undergraduate career, he studied conducting with James Kallembach at the University of Chicago and Bob Yarrington at Houston Baptist University. He has also attended several conducting institutes at both Westminster Choir College and St. Stephen’s House at Oxford University. Currently Luke is serving as the Choir Director at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, and he is pursuing his Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington.