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Lynda R. Hasseler, D.M.A., assumed the directorship of the renowned Capital University Chapel Choir in July, 1990, making her the first woman to head a choral program at a Lutheran college or university. Now celebrating her 28th year, she loves her role as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, in Columbus, Ohio. Choirs under her direction have performed for multiple regional, national and international conferences and festivals, and have toured nationally and internationally. Passionate about dynamic programming, her narrative, theme-based concerts “tell a story.” She is co-editor of the Capital University Choral Series published by Beckenhorst Press, she is a member of the Music for All National Artistic Advisory Committee, and is in demand as a presenter and guest conductor. On Leap Day, February 29, 2016, Dr. Hasseler made her conducting debut on Carnegie Hall stage, in performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Trinity Te Deum.
As a clinician and guest conductor, she performs regionally, nationally and internationally. She serves on juries for international competitions including the 14th Concorso Corale Internazionale Choir Festival in Riva del Garde, Italy and Sing Berlin! International Festival. . In February of 2019 she has the honor of conducting the Chapel Choir in the premier performance of the Brock Commission of a new work by Jake Runestad at the ACDA National Conference in Kansas City. In March, 2019 she will share the podium with guest conductor and composer Eric Whitacre on Mees Hall stage in a Gala concert celebration of 100 Years of Music at Capital University. Most recently, she, along with the Chapel Choir and Choral Union, and composer Jake Runestad, was awarded the 2018 American Prize, Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music.
Teaches:Chapel Choir, conductorChoral Union, conductorPhilomel Chamber ensemble, conductorBeginning Choral ConductingAdvanced Choral Conducting Degrees:Doctor of Musical Arts, Conducting, Michigan State UniversityMaster of Music, Conducting, Michigan State UniversityBachelor of Arts, Music Education K-12, Calvin College