Lynda Hasseler, D.M.A. is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where she directs the Chapel Choir, Choral Union, and vocal chamber ensemble, Philomel; and teaches choral methods and conducting. At Trinity Lutheran Seminary she teaches graduate choral conducting and choral methods. She is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Michigan State University.
Nurturing Capital University’s rich choral legacy, the choirs under her direction have received numerous invitations to perform for multiple music regional and national conferences and festivals, have been awarded gold medals in world choral competitions and have toured nationally and internationally. Dr. Hasseler is passionate about dynamic programming, choosing music that “tells a story.” Her theme-based concerts feature classic and contemporary a cappella sacred and secular choral literature. Reflective of her commitment to perform music from a global perspective, performances under her feature diverse programming, staging, and a range of choral tone colors unified by a narrative theme. In partnership with Craig Courtney, she is co-editor of the Capital University Choral Series published by Beckenhorst Press.
As a clinician and guest conductor, she performs regionally, nationally and internationally. An active singer, Dr. Hasseler has performed, toured and recorded nationally and internationally with professional choral ensembles including the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus. She toured France with the Shaw Festival Chorus and appeared as a soloist. In addition to the concerts presented in France, she also has performed several works in Carnegie Hall with both ensembles. She shares Grammy honors with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra, which, under Helmuth Rilling’s direction, were awarded a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for their recording of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Credo.
Dr. Hasseler loves making music with the students and community members in the ensembles she directs. A firm believer in choral music’s capacity to transform lives, she will tell you that leading an engaged choral rehearsal, crafting a musical phrase and shaping beautiful choral tone with the “best students in the world” are some of the richest moments life has to offer.