Dr. Edith A. Copley joined the NAU music faculty in 1990 and is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies. She conducts the highly acclaimed Shrine of the Ages Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and graduate choral literature. The Shrine of the Ages Choir has performed state, divisional and national convention of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. NAU choral ensembles under her direction have toured internationally to Western Europe, Peoples Republic of China, Australia, and New Zealand.
In addition to her responsibilities at NAU, Dr. Copley conducts the Master Chorale of Flagstaff, an auditioned 100-voice community
chorus that performs major choral/orchestral works each spring with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (FSO). Dr. Copley has conducted numerous choral/orchestral works with the FSO, including Britten’s War Requiem, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Brahms’ German Requiem, and served as FSO’s resident conductor for their 50th anniversary season.
Dr. Copley received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in choral conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Dr. Copley is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and is currently past-president of the ACDA Western Division. She has received numerous honors, including NAU School of Performing Arts Centennial Teacher of the Year Award in 1999, Arizona Music Educator of the Year in 2004 and the Arizona ACDA Outstanding Choral Director Award in 2007.
Prior to her appointment at NAU, 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. Dr. Copley has her own series with Santa Barbara Music Publications and is in high demand as a festival clinician and guest conductor in the US. She has also conducted international choral festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Luxembourg, Tasmania, Australia, and China.