Recent Alums

  • Elisabeth Cherland, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2019. Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota. “‘You Just Gotta Be Great’: Narratives of Experience from Two Women Conducting in the Lutheran Collegiate Choral Context.”
  • Steven Danielson, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2019. Conductor at Ensign Symphony and Chorus, Washington. “A Heritage of Songs: The Folk Song Collections of Carrie Grover.”
  • Gerrit Scheepers, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2019. Interim Director of Choral Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. “The Life and Work of Roelof Temmingh (1948-2012): An Analytical Conductor’s Guide to Selected Choral Works.”
  • Alonso Brizuela, M.M. Choral Conducting, Completed 2019. Choir Director at Lakes High School, Lakewood, Washington.
  • Anna Frisch, M.M. Choral Conducting, Completed 2019. Director of Choirs at Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, Idaho.

  • Jeffrey Larkin, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2018. Director of Choirs at Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Oregon. “The Effect of Selective Attention on Error-Detection Abilities.”
  • Elizabeth MacIsaac, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2018. Artistic Director at Ensemble Laude, Victoria, BC, Canada. “A Rich Musical Legacy from Québec: Baroque Motets of the Ursuline and Hôtel-Dieu Monasteries of New France.”
  • Ryan Mullaney, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2018. Assistant Professor of Fine Arts (Music) at DeSales University, Pennsylvatia. “Translating ‘Transition’: A Case Study in Interpreting Seventeenth Century German Church Music through a Survey of Three Settings of Christ lag in Todesbanden.”
  • Sarah Riskind, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2018. Director of Choral Activities at Eureka College, Illinois. “Informed and Informative: New Choral Arrangements of Sephardic Music.”
  • Margaret Stohlmann, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2018. Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University, North Carolina. “A Brotherhood with One Sister: A Collective Case Study of Women Conductors of Collegiate Men’s Choirs.”

  • Leann Conley-Holcom, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2017. Director of Choral & Vocal Activities at Seattle University, Washington. “‘Come, All My Dear Brethren, and Help Me to Sing’: Dialogue and Participation as Foundations for the Choral Performance of Sacred Harp Music.”
  • Ryan Ellis, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2017. Director of Choral Music at Seattle Pacific University, Washington. Artistic Director of Choral Sounds Northwest, Washington. “Expressive Text: From a Spoken Style to Rhythmic Plasticity.”
  • Amanda Huntleigh, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2017. Assistant Professor of Music at Clarke University, Iowa. “Choristers’ Perceptions of Laban-based Conducting Gestures.”
  • Brenda Mohr, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2017. Director of Choirs-Jr. High & High School at Loma Linda Academy, California. “The Life and Legacy of Albert McNeil and the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers.”
  • Miriam Anderson, M.M. Choral Conducting, Completed 2017. Interim Director of Seattle Labor Chorus. Co-Director for Seattle Youth Opera Project, Washington.
  • David Wimett, M.M. Choral Conducting, Completed 2017. Board of Directors-Treasurer at Portland Festival Symphony, Oregon.

  • Jeremiah Cawley, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2016. Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Loras College, Iowa. “The Economic, Aesthetic, and Nonprofit Organization of Professional Vocal Ensemble: Toward a Theory of the Performing Arts.”
  • Jeshua Franklin, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2016. Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University South Bend, Indiana. Artistic Director of Musical Arts Indiana. “A Way of Doing Things: Exploring and Applying the Alexander Technique for Choral Conductors.”
  • Stephen O’Bent, M.M. Choral Conducting, Completed 2016. Assistant Professor of Music & Conductor of Choirs at DigiPen Institute of Technology.

  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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).”
  • 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.

  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Trina Elliott, M.M. 2013, Director of Choral Activities, Ketchikan HS

  • 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.
  • Yuly Kopkin, M.M. 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.”
  • Ryan Osinski, D.M.A. 2011, Counter Intelligence Officer, US Army.
  • Pyoung Kim, M.M. Choral Conducting, Completed 2011. Adjunct Professor at Kentucky Christian University, Director of Music at Harrodsburg Christian Church.

  • 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).”
  • Megan Huckabay Lapp, M.M. 2010. Artistic Director of Bend Vocal Artists, Bend, Oregon.
  • Núria Molins, M.M. Choral Conducting, Completed 2010. Directora: Cromatica, cor de dones, Spain.

  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Jean-Marie Kent, D.M.A. 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Katherine Chan, M.M. 2009, Director of Choral Connection Community Choir, Brisbane, Australia.

  • John Williams, M.M. Choral Conducting, Completed 2008.

  • 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).”
  • Adam Burdick, D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Completed 2007, “The influence of French Baroque dance on the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach.”
  • 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.