Dr. Edith Copley
In her twenty-first year as the music director of the Master Chorale of Flagstaff, Dr. Copley is also a regents’ professor and director of choral studies at Northern Arizona University where she conducts the renowned Shrine of the Ages Choir. Dr. Copley coordinates the graduate choral conducting program and teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting and choral literature.
Prior to coming to Flagstaff, Dr. Copley served as the assistant and interim principal conductor of the May Festival Chorus that performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops. She has prepared major choral/orchestral works for the late Robert Shaw, James Conlon, Jesus Lopez-Cobes, Randall Craig Fleischer, and the late Eric Kunzel.
In April 1995, Dr. Copley became the first woman to conduct the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (FSO) in a classic series concert, and in 1999-2000 served as the orchestra’s resident conductor for their 50th anniversary season, conducting three performances, including Brahms’ German Requiem. She has also led the Master Chorale and FSO in performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana (2005) and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (2006), Britten’s War Requiem (2008).
Dr. Copley received her MM and DMA degrees in conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a BA degree in music education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Choral ensembles under her direction have performed at state, regional, and national conventions and have toured abroad to the People’s Republic of China, Western Europe, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
Dr. Copley was named the Centennial Teacher of the Year in the School of Performing Arts at Northern Arizona University in 1999. In 2004, she received the Arizona Music Educator of the Year Award and a Distinguished Service Award from Luther College. She was awarded the Arizona Outstanding Choral Director Award in June 2007, and the Viola Award in Music from the Flagstaff Cultural Partners in March 2011.
Copley is a past-president of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association and has her own choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Dr. Copley is in high demand as a guest conductor and clinician for choral festivals and conferences throughout the U.S. She also has conducted international choral festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Tasmania, Luxembourg, Australia, China, and Turkey.