Artistic Direction

Steven Zopfi –Artistic Director

StevenChinRestSmallHailed as one of the leading young conductors in the Pacific Northwest, Artistic Director Steven Zopfi serves as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Puget Sound and is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Portland Symphonic Choir, the official chorus of the Oregon Symphony. 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 (now NAfME), and other professional organizations. Zopfi has served on the faculties of Penn State University, the University of Washington, and Pacific Lutheran University. Zopfi, a native of New Jersey, attended the Hartt School of Music and the University of California at Irvine, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado. He has served as Vermont State President of the American Choral Directors Association and on the executive boards of the Vermont Music Educators Association and the Washington Choral Director’s Association.  He has prepared choruses for Carlos Kalmar, Bernard Labadie, Alastair Willis, Murray Sidlin, and Peter Schickele, and as a singer he has sung for many leading conductors, including Robert Shaw and Sir David Willcocks. Zopfi 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. 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. Zopfi is in constant demand as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician.

 

Kathryn Lehmann – Assistant Director

Kathryn Lehmann In demand as a clinician through the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast, Assistant Director Kathryn Lehmann 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. Kathryn is currently a member of the voice faculty at the University of Puget Sound. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where she also served on the faculty for three years. She was granted the Francis Robinson Award for performance and academic achievement at Westminster and performed actively as a soprano soloist, including singing operatic roles at the Spoleto Festival, Aspen Music Festival and the Bowdoin Festival. She was given the National American Teachers of Singing scholarship for advanced study in voice for recognition of her performances that were a part of the program at the Aspen Music Festival. Most recently, Lehmann was the Director of Choral Activities at Pacific Lutheran University. She came to Washington following eleven years in Oregon, where she was the Director of Vocal and Choral Activities at Oregon State University and conducted the OSU Chamber Choir, Madrigal Singers, and the Opera Workshop. The OSU choirs performed nationally and internationally under Lehmann’s direction, and in 1996, she was given the Stewart Award for faculty development and excellence. Lehmann was also an associate professor on the faculty of the University of Oregon for two years where she directed the U of O Chamber Choir, taught music education classes and directed the Eugene Chamber Singers. She was a performer and lecturer for the Oregon Bach Festival while in Eugene studying choral conducting with Helmuth Rilling. She traveled to Stuttgart, Germany to continue her studies of the Choral music of Bach at the Internationale Bach Akademie.