J. Edmund Hughes is an affiliate professor at the 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 40 plus year teaching career. While at CGCC, he taught choir, music theory, 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. Prior to his appointment at CGCC, he taught at Phoenix College, 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".
His choirs from Tucson High School, St. Paul's United Methodist Church (Tucson) Phoenix College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College have had the distinction of performing at conventions sponsored by the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA), Music Educator's National Conference (MENC) and the Arizona Music Educator's Association (AMEA). Most recently (February, 2011) the CGCC College Singers performed at the AMEA Convention. He has also presented lectures and demonstrations on special interest sessions at ACDA and AMEA conventions. In 2002 he received the Arizona Outstanding Choral Educator Award by ACDA, and in 2005 he was honored as the Arizona Music Educator of the Year by AMEA. He recently received the first Lifetime Achievement Award granted by the University of Arizona Choral Music Department (December, 2011) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from AMEA/ChoDA (February 2012).
Dr. Hughes is a past President of Arizona ACDA (serving three separate terms) and has served AMEA in numerous capacities, including ChoDA President, Regional Governor and Choral Chairman. He frequently adjudicates choral festivals and directs honor choirs throughout the West. Dr. Hughes has over 30 choral compositions in print, which are published with Santa Barbara Music Publishing Co., Colla Voce Music, Inc. and Walton Music. He received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate Degrees from the University of Arizona with doctoral studies at the University of Southern California. In April, 2017 he had his Carnegie Hall conducting debut, directing "Requiem" by John Rutter.
Dr. Hughes has three children (Brandon, Allison, and Lauren) and now lives in Gig Harbor, WA with his wife, Carole. He remains quite active in the choral field by choral festival adjudicating, directing honor choirs, presenting workshops/clinics and composing. His hobbies are weight lifting, jogging and in January 2010 he completed his sixth half-marathon.