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Collegiate singers across the Northwestern Region collaborate in presenting the conference’s opening concert with world-class conductor Edith Copley; our headliner composer, Morten Lauridsen; and professional orchestra.

Our conference opens with music of healing and renewal as 157 singers from six universities perform Morten Lauridsen’s Lux aeterna under the direction of Edith Copley. Gathering from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington for two days of combined rehearsals, these students will engage in discussion with our headline composer, Morten Lauridsen. Choral musicians may be familiar with the central movement of this music, “O nata lux.”

Listen to the full recording of Lux aeterna here.

Opening Concert Overview

Combined Collegiate Choir Universities

Six university choirs will learn the music in advance of the conference, ready to form musical community together. Congratulations to these singers and their conductors:

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Boise State University Meistersingers

Michael Porter, director

Pacific Lutheran University Chorale

Brian Galante, director

University of Alaska Fairbanks Choir of the North

Jaunelle Celaire, director

University of Portland Singers

David De Lyser, director

Western Oregon University Chamber Singers 

James M. Reddan, director

Whitworth University Choir

Xiaosha Lin, director

Edith A. Copley, Conductor

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Edith A. Copley is regents’ professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where she served as director of choral studies from 1993-2021.  At NAU she conducted the Shrine of the Ages Choir, Chamber Singers, and taught choral methods, conducting, and graduate choral literature. Copley has received numerous honors, including the NAU Centennial Teacher of the Year, Arizona Music Educator of the Year, Arizona ACDA Outstanding Choral Director, and the Weston H. Noble Award from her alma mater, Luther College. She has served ACDA in various leadership roles, including state and regional president and is currently ACDA National President Elect. She is in high demand as a guest clinician and conductor both in the US and abroad.

This concert is included for all registered conference attendees.
Public tickets will be available for purchase for $15.
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