Tempo, tempo

Meet the Adelphians’ new conductor

In July Steven Zopfi took up the baton overseeing vocal ensembles at the college and leading the celebrated Adelphian Concert Choir. He comes to the Northwest, he says, drawn by the natural beauty of the region and friendly people. He’s lived all over the U.S., including for an extended time in New Jersey, which, we note, has produced a few other good and varied vocalists like The Four Seasons, Carole King, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Frankie Valli, Sarah Vaughan, and Dionne Warwick. Zopfi and Warwick attended the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Conn., although not at the same time, and he’s a big fan of James Taylor (and doo-wop and opera). He also likes late 20th-century American motet and the instrumentation of the basso continuo of early 17th-century vocal music—well-rounded in his interests, we’d say. He has taught in the public schools of Vermont and New York and at Penn State, the University of Washington, and PLU. He is, says School of Music Director Keith Ward, a remarkable artist and teacher. Of course he owns his own tuxedo.

The Adelphians will next perform on campus on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilworth Memorial Chapel.