UW Choral Festival

UW Spring Choral Festival of Excellence

Featuring local Washington State Clinicians:

Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom, Seattle UniversityDr. Lori J. Wiest, Washington State UniversityDr. Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah, Eastern Washington University

Festival: Monday, April 29, 2019
Meany Hall, University of Washington Seattle Campus

The University of Washington Choral Festival of Excellence is an exciting experience for the young musician. Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers lead students through an experience that helps them become not only better choral singers, but also better overall musicians. Students gain excellent ensemble singing experience, valuable musicianship skills, and make lifelong friends.

Join us and a dozen of our region’s finest high school choirs in a day of great music-making, learning, and sharing repertoire and ideas. You and your choir will receive:

  • On Stage Performance and Clinic with local clinicians
  • Off-Stage Workshop with our three guest clinicians
  • HD Video of your choir’s performance and clinic
  • HD Video feedback for each conductor, with comments from Dr. Geoffrey Boers.
  • Vocal masterclasses led by UW graduate Choral Conducting Cohort
  • Written and verbal comments and ideas for growth
  • Performances by UW Chamber Singers and University Chorale
  • Director’s luncheon with our three guest clinicians as well as Faculty Dr. Geoffrey Boer and Dr. Giselle Wyers.

Cost: $300 per choir

Director’s luncheon

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Email completed registration form to gscheep@uw.edu

Email Dr. Geoffrey Boers for more details: boersg@uw.edu

Register via mail by using the link above.
Make Checks Payable to:
UW School of Music, c/o Geoffrey Boers
Box 353450
Seattle, WA 98195-3450



Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom is Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Seattle University, where she oversees the voice program, conducts choirs, and teaches conducting. Dr. Conley-Holcom is in demand as a choral clinician and music educator nationally and internationally; recent guest conducting highlights include the Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses and the Shaoxing Philharmonic Children’s Chorus in China.

In addition to teaching and conducting, Dr. Conley-Holcom performs regularly as a singer. Solo appearances include Maryland’s Mountainside Baroque, the Oregon Bach Festival, Symphony Tacoma, Flagstaff Symphony, and her solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York City Chamber Orchestra. A professional ensemble singer, she is a tenured member of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and performs with Solaris, Vox Humana, and True Concord Voices and Orchestra, who won a GRAMMY in 2016 for the album Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus. She has performed in international ensembles including the 2008 Festival Ensemble of the International Bach Academy Stuttgart and the 2017 Bach Ensemble Helmuth Rilling, which presented concerts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Sindelfingen and Schwabisch-Gmund, Germany. She has sung under Marin Alsop, Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki, Maria Guinand, Jeffrey Kahane, Matthew Halls, Craig Hella Johnson and Lars Ulrich Mortensen, and performed in the world premiere performances of Sven-David Sandstrom’s Messiah, James MacMillan’s European Requiem and a new reconstruction of the St. Mark Passion by Matthew Halls.

Dr. Lori Wiest is a professor of music at Washington State University Pullman, where she is also director of Choral Activities and conductor of the WSU Concert Choir and Madrigal Chamber Singers. She teaches graduate courses in Choral History/Literature and Choral Conducting and is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She served the University as associate dean of the WSU Graduate School for eight years and interim chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures for two years. Dr. Wiest completed the leadership role of president of Washington American Choral Directors Association in the summer of 2013 and assumed the role of vice president (2013-2015). Prior to joining the faculty at WSU, Dr. Wiest taught Music Theory at Mesa Community College in Arizona and at the University of Arizona and served as conductor of the Spokane Symphony Chorale for 12 years.

Dr. Wiest received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting and Music Theory from the University of Arizona in 1990, the Master of Music Degree in Choral Music from Arizona State University in 1986, and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education and Piano Performance from North Dakota State University in 1984. She has sung with conductors Robert Shaw, Charles Dutoit, Maurice Skones, Douglas McEwen, and Edwin Fissinger.

Dr. Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah is currently a full-time Associate Professor, serving as Director of Choral Activities at Eastern Washington University, and Artistic Director of the Spokane Area Youth Choirs (formerly the Spokane Area Children’s Chorus). Previously in Spokane, Kristina taught Choral Methods at Gonzaga University and observed student teachers for Whitworth College as well as teaching Middle School Choir at St. George’s School and High School Choir at West Valley High School in the Spokane Valley. Before moving to the Spokane area, she taught at Everett High School, Ephrata High School, and AC Davis High School.

She has earned degrees from Edmonds CC, CWU, and EWU; and is currently completing a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky where she studied with Dr. Jefferson Johnson and Dr. Lori R. Hetzel. In 2005, Kristina was awarded the “Arts in Education Award” by the Spokane Arts Commission of the City of Spokane. In 2009, she was awarded Spokane’s “YWCA Woman of Achievement in Arts and Culture Award.” And, in 2010 the Spokane Area Children’s Chorus, directed by Kristina, won the “Arts Organization Award” from the Spokane Arts Commission.