Catherine Sailer


Catherine Sailer, Director of Choral Studies at the University of Denver, conducts the Lamont Chorale, Lamont Women's Chorus and the Evans Choir. She is also the Associate Conductor of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. She was named the winner of the Robert Shaw Fellowship in 2005, chosen by Chorus America and supported by Warner Brothers and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sailer won first place at the American Choral Directors Association Conducting Competition.

Catherine Sailer has collaborated as conductor or chorus master with singers William Warfield, Marilyn Horne and Josh Groban, and conductors Bramwell Tovey, Ed Spanjaard, Eric Whitacre, Victor Yampolsky, Marius Szmolij, Stephen Alltop, David Amram, Tan Dun, David Fanshawe and Marin Alsop, and prepared choruses for performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. Other conducting Credits include the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the National Opera of China, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra and Central City Opera. Sailer has been a conducting fellow with the Dale Warland Singers, the Kansas City Chorale, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Carnegie Hall Workshop Chorus and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

Catherine Sailer received the doctor of music with honors in conducting from Northwestern University and the bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance and conducting from the University of Denver. Further studies were with Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival and Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute with the National Symphony Orchestra. Prior appointments have been as Music Director of The Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, and Associate Conductor of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. She is an active guest and festival conductor for choir and orchestra and her collegiate ensembles have appeared at Colorado Music Educator's Association and Southwest divisional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Sailer also gives conducting masterclasses for the Sing a Mile High Choir Festival and has presented sessions for CMEA and ACDA. She is currently the state chair for Collegiate Repertoire and Standards for ACDA, and was selected by ACDA to represent the Southwest division on the International Choral Exchange Program to Shanghai, China.