Catherine Sailer is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Denver, and conductor of the Lamont Chorale, Lamont Women’s Chorus, and The Evans Choir. She is also Associate Conductor of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Dr. Sailer has collaborated as conductor or chorus master with singers William Warfield, Marilyn Horne, Josh Groban, and Chance the Rapper, and conductors Branwell Tovey, Matthew Halls, Ed Spanjaard, Eric Whitacre, Victor Yampolsky, Marius Szmolij, Stephen Alltop, David Amram, Tan Dun, David Fanshawe, Yannick Nezet-Segun, Robert Spano, Hans Graf, Jeff Tyzick, and Marin Alsop. Other conducting credits include work with the Millwaukee Symphony Chorus, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Central City Opera, Beijing Symphony, the National Opera of China, Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Madrigal Vocale, Rhineland-Pfalz International Choir, Shanghai International Choral League, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Dr. Sailer is active as a conductor of honor choirs and festivals around the world, including multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall through DCINY, and KI festivals in Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic. She is also in demand as conducting teacher, having presented masterclasses for SWACDA, Sing a Mile High Choral Festival, National ACDA Children’s Choir retreat, Shanghai Conservatory, Shanghai Normal University, Florida State University, and upcoming masterclasses at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and Lund University, Sweden.
She was named the winner of Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Fellowship Award, won first place in the ACDA Conducting Competition, and was awarded a special citation in the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music. Under her direction, the Lamont Chorale has won First Place in The American Prize for Choral Performance, and Second Place in Barenreiter’s Marten Jansson Choral Competition, and performed for state and regional conferences for the National Association for Music Educators and the American Choral Director’s Association.
Sailer received her Doctor of Music with honors in conducting from Northwestern University and the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano and choral conducting from the University of Denver. Further studies were with Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival, Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute and the National Symphony Orchestra and Kennedy Center, and as a conducting fellow with the Dale Warland Singers, Kansas City Chorale, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. She has served as State President and College and University R&R chair for Colorado ACDA, and was selected by national ACDA to represent the US on the International Choral Exchange Program to Shanghai, China.