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Mark Kloepper, Music Director
Betsy Brockman, Executive Director

About Our Guest Conductor Elisabeth Cherland


Guest Conductor Elisabeth Cherland is a fourth-generation choral conductor as well as singer, song leader, violinist, music educator, and Lutheran church musician. Originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, she is in her final year of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington, where she studies with Geoffrey Boers and Giselle Wyers. She earned her Master of Music Education with Certification degree from VanderCook College of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

A passionate and dedicated teacher, she taught choir and band at the Middle and High School levels in South Dakota for 7 years, as well as private violin, voice, and piano lessons. Immediately prior to her studies here in Seattle, Elisabeth and her family spent two years at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center near Chelan, Washington where she was the Village Musician. She served as soprano section leader for both the Concordia Choir where she studied with René Clausen, and the Rockefeller Chapel Choir in Chicago under the direction of Randi Ellefson and James Kallembach. She has been a frequent soprano soloist with the University of Washington Chamber Singers.

Elisabeth's research interests include feminist scholarship, hymnody, song leading, and narrative inquiry. She lives with her partner Kent and their two sons, Elijah and Leif, in the Green Lake neighborhood. She loves doughnuts, knitting, running around the lake, and sunshine as it's available.

Join Elisabeth Cherland and the Chorus in December for Follow the Star.