Puget Sound Summer Choral Workshop

July 21-27, 2019
The Puget Sound Summer Choral Workshop provides an opportunity to study and perform with a professional-level choral ensemble and orchestra composed of singers and conductors from around the Northwest. Under the direction of the Puget Sound Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Steven Zopfi and faculty members Professor Kathryn Lehmann and Dr. J. Edmund Hughes, participants in the Puget Sound Summer Choral Workshop will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform masterworks from the western choral repertory. Soloists will be chosen from the Workshop Choir whenever possible.

Each day features morning and afternoon rehearsals with the workshop choir and a different masterclass relating to the choral art led by our distinguished faculty. Participants may choose to participate as an auditor, singer, or as a singer/conductor. Auditors may attend all rehearsals and sessions but will not sing or conduct. Singers attend all sessions but will not conduct the workshop choir. Singer/Conductors attend all sessions and conduct the workshop choir and work with the workshop faculty to hone their conducting skills. Masterclass topics include vocal technique in the choral classroom, score study and preparing a choral masterwork, a repertoire reading session, and the conducting masterclass.

OSPI approved clock hours will be offered through WMEA. Clock hours are free to WMEA members. Nonmembers may claim hours at the rate of $2 per hour earned.

This year’s works

2019 Repertory
Requiem, Opus 9 – Maurice Duruflé
Utrecht Jubilate, HWV 279 – George Friderich Handel
Let All The People Praise Thee, O God – William Matthias

Saturday - July 27, 7:30pm
University of Puget Sound
Kilworth Memorial Chapel

Puget Sound Summer Choral Workshop Faculty

Steven Zopfi is director of choral activities and professor of music at University of Puget Sound where he oversees four choirs, teaches conducting and applied voice, and conducts the award-winning Adelphian Concert Choir. Prior to his appointment at Puget Sound, he served on the faculties of Penn State University, University of Washington, and Pacific Lutheran University. Choirs under his direction have been invited to sing at the local and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Society of Composers, Inc., the Colorado Early Music Society, and other professional organizations.

Dr. Zopfi served as Artistic Director of the Portland Symphonic Choir from 2003 to 2018, the official chorus of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Zopfi led the Oregon Symphony in performances of Mozart's Moss in C Minor, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, and music by Beethoven, Bach, and Wagner Critics have hailed his work as “magical” and “superb.” Zopfi has prepared choruses for Carlos Kalmar, Bernard Labadie, Alastair Willis, Murray Sidlin, Jean Marie Zeitouni, 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, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Pazardzhik 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.

Kathryn Lehmann joined the voice faculty at University of Puget Sound in 2008. She is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and has taught public school vocal music at the elementary and secondary levels in the Clover Park and Puyallup school districts in Washington. As a public school educator, she directed performing groups at music educator conventions at the state and regional levels in the Pacific Northwest, gaining a reputation for her expertise in developing the voice in a choral setting. After earning a Master of Music degree in voice performance and pedagogy, Lehmann taught for three years on the voice faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she served as vocal coach for the American Boychoir School and developed a training program for young singers at Westminster Conservatory of Music. During her doctoral studies at University of Colorado Boulder, she studied choral conducting with Joan Catoni Conlon and Lawrence Kaptein. Lehmann came to Washington following 11 years in Oregon as director of vocal and choral activities at Oregon State University, conducting the OSU Chamber Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Opera Workshop. From 2001–2007 she was the director of choral activities at Pacific Lutheran University. PLU’s Choir of the West performed at the National ACDA Convention in Los Angeles under Lehmann’s direction.

J. Edmund Hughes is an adjunct professor at University of Puget Sound, where he directs the Chorale. He retired from the music faculty of Chandler-Gilbert Community College in August 2011 after a teaching career spanning over 40 years. While at CGCC, he taught choir, music theory, and conducting, and organized two on-campus choral festivals per year. From 1990–2011, he was the director of music at Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa, Ariz. Prior to his appointment at CGCC, he taught at Phoenix College, at Tucson Unified School District, and at California State University, Fresno. A former TUSD nominee for Arizona Teacher of the Year, he has received the Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. He has also been honored by multiple student nominations in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

Sample Schedule

Daily Schedule

Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. – Noon         Rehearsal
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Seminar/Masterclass
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.   Rehearsal

9:00 a.m. – Noon         Rehearsal
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Rehearsal

9:00 a.m. – Noon          Dress Rehearsal
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.    Concert Performance


Registration Fees*

Register Now through May 3!

Auditor: $125 
Singer (audition required): $175
Singer/Conductor (audition required): $225

Note: Singers and singer/conductors must submit a recent recording of singing a classical art song or aria that demonstrates technical and music proficiency. Upon acceptance into the Summer Choral Workshop, you must make a 50% tuition payment to reserve your place. Fees are due after admission to the Festival.


*Registration fee does not include travel, housing, food, or incidental expenses. Food and beverages may be purchased on campus at Wheelock Student Center.

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