Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities
Christine Howlett is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Vassar College where she conducts the Vassar College Women's Chorus, Mixed Choir, and teaches music theory and voice. Her choruses have sung at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and have toured overseas in England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Turkey. The Vassar College Women's Chorus performed at the National Collegiate Choral Association at Yale University in 2009, and the ACDA Eastern Division Conferences in Philadelphia (2010) and Baltimore (2014.) Recent commissions include Three Songs from the Parlour by Eleanor Daley, Night City by Tarik O'Regan and, for a consortium of women’s choruses, Cassiopeia by Timothy Takach. Upcoming commissions include works by Moira Smiley and Maxim Vladimiroff.
In March 2014, the Vassar College Choir, with artistic direction by John Caird (Les Misérables) and musical direction by Ms. Howlett, joined with the Ashinaga Foundation in an international collaboration titled “At Home in the World” with students from Japan and Uganda, and spent two weeks preparing for performances in Sendai and Tokyo, Japan. In June 2015, the Choir performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC, the Warner Theater in Washington, DC, and in a final performance in Tokyo, Japan.
Ms. Howlett is the Artistic Director of Cappella Festiva, an auditioned choral ensemble celebrating its 40th anniversary in the Hudson Valley. In 2006, she co-founded the Cappella Festiva Summer Choral Festival at Vassar College and the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, an auditioned choral ensemble for treble voices ages 8-17. She is music director of the Danbury Concert Chorus in Connecticut, and is in demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator. She is a guest conductor for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and looks forward to directing Messiah and the Young Peoples Concert this coming season. She directed the New York All-State Women’s Chorus in 2011 in Rochester, NY. She is the Repertoire and Standards Chair for the NY ACDA College and University Choirs and R&S Chair for Women’s Choruses for ACDA Eastern Division.
Ms. Howlett is active as a soloist and choral singer. In collaboration with Patrick Wood Uribe, violin, and Holly Chatham, piano, the trio recently released Love Raise Your Voice to critical acclaim. The recording contains new and commissioned works for soprano, violin, and piano by Carson Cooman, Tarik O’Regan, Richard Wilson, and others. Ms. Howlett has sung in ensembles under Marin Alsop, Simon Carrington, Alan Gilbert, Jane Glover, Paul Goodwin, Matthew Halls, Paul Hillier, Lorin Maazel, Andrew Megill, and Helmut Rilling. She has performed with professional ensembles including the Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus, the New York Choral Artists, and most recently, the Carmel Bach Festival Chorus. She studied Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto, and earned a Master’s Degree in Early Music Voice Performance and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from Indiana University.