We look forward to welcoming you to our next Chorfest, held on Nov. 9, 2017. We are pleased to announce our clinician this year is Kathy Saltzman Romey – Artistic Director of Minnesota Chorale and Director of Choral Activities, UMN.

The featured work for Chorfest 2017 is Sunrise Mass, by Ola Gjeilo. We will perform this work with a small string orchestra. Students will also have an opportunity to work with Katherine Chan, Director of Choral Activities of UW-Superior.

Students need to bring their own score to Chorfest. Scores can be purchased online – Sheetmusicplus or JWPepper or through Groth music (directors – a reminder Groth music has a 20% discount available until end of Sept).

Part-learning recordings will be made available here for participating students and directors. A marked score will also be made available online and students are required to have these markings written in their score prior to coming to Chorfest.

Guest Clinician Bio

Kathy Saltzman Romey

Professor Kathy Saltzman Romey is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Minnesota, where she oversees the graduate program in choral conducting and conducts choirs. She is also Artistic Director of the 200-voice symphonic chorus, The Minnesota Chorale, which serves as principal chorus for the Minnesota Orchestra. Romey has conducted the Chorale in regional, national and international forums and annually coordinates BRIDGES, the nationally acclaimed education-outreach program of the Minnesota Chorale.

Romey has served as a staff member to the Oregon Bach Festival since 1984 and is chorus master of the Berwick Chorus, which she prepares for annual Festival concerts, commissions, and recording projects. Active also as a guest conductor, chorus master, and clinician throughout the United States and Europe, Romey serves on the staff of the Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble and as a faculty member of the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy. Additionally, Romey has prepared programs with the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, Grant Park Music Festival, Netherlands Radio Choir, Teatro del Lago Festival, and Westminster Symphonic Choir. 2016 marked her third appearance with the Berkshire Choral Festival.

Romey has received various teaching awards and grants, co-authored two book chapters, and in 2014, assisted conductor Helmuth Rilling in writing his book – MESSIAH: Understanding and Performing Handel’s Masterpiece.

Kathy Romey Fall 2017 Chorfest

Katherine Chan

Australian conductor Katherine Chan is known for her energy and enthusiasm both on and off the podium. She is currently the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Over the years, Chan has presented and performed at prestigious international festivals. In 2010, Katherine was a presenter at the Australia National Choral Association's Choralfest and in the same year, was awarded the Sydney Symposium Choral Foundation’s Fifth Choral Conducting Scholarship. Chan has been a conducting scholar at the Oregon Bach Festival, Taipei Bach Festival, Hong Kong SingFest, National Conductors’ Symposium, Canada and ACDA National Convention.

Chan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Minnesota (UMN), under the mentorship of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey. She earned her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, Seattle studying with Dr. Geoffrey Boers, and Bachelor of Music Performance and Pedagogy in Classical Piano, from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University.

Katherine Chan