Steven Zopfi, one of the leading young conductors in the Pacific Northwest, joins the Puget Sound faculty in Fall 2008 as Director of Choral Activities and the conductor of the Adelphian Concert Choir. A native of New Jersey, Zopfi has a Bachelor degree in music education from the Hartt School of Music, a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of California at Irvine, and Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Colorado. He taught in the public schools in Vermont and New York, where he also served as Vermont State President of the American Choral Directors Association and an executive board member of the Vermont Music Educators Association. Since coming to the Pacific Northwest in 2001 he has continued to remain active in professional organizations, currently serving as Chair of Collegiate Activities for the Northwest Chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association. He is in constant demand as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician.
Zopfi has prepared choruses for Carlos Kalmar, Bernard Labadie, Alastair Willis, Murray Sidlin, and Peter Schickele. As a singer, he has sung for many leading conductors including Robert Shaw and Sir David Wilcocks. He has performed with the Prague Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony and is the founder and past Artistic Director of the Foundling Hospital Singers, the Boulder Schola Cantorum, the Grace Chamber Orchestra, and The Portland Sinfonietta. He also currently serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Portland Symphonic Choir, the official chorus of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Critics have hailed his work as “magical” and “superb” and choirs under his direction have been invited to sing at the local and regional conventions of the American Choral Director’s Association, the Music Educator’s National Conference, and other professional organizations.
Zopfi’s scholarly interests include late twentieth-century American motet composition and the instrumentation of the basso continuo of early seventeenth-century vocal music. Active as an editor of early music, Zopfi is also a passionate advocate for new music, and he has commissioned and conducted the world premieres of music by Edwin Lawrence, Timothy Melbinger, Bryan Johanson, and Judith Zaimont. His music reviews and articles have been published in The Choral Journal and his arrangements and editions are published by Colla Voce publishing.