Stephanie L. Council, Director of Choral Ensembles and Visiting Lecturer in Music at Mount Holyoke College, conducts the Glee Club, Chorale, and Chamber Singers. Dr. Council holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University where she also earned a graduate certificate in early music performance practice. Her doctoral research centered around text painting in the five-voice settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Orlande de Lassus. She holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College where she served as the graduate assistant conductor of the Westminster Choir and as a section leader in the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Dr. Council completed Bachelor of Music degrees in both Vocal Music Education and Vocal Music Performance from Oklahoma State University.
Formerly a public school teacher in Oklahoma where she taught middle and high school choirs in addition to music theory, Dr. Council is passionate about choral pedagogy at every age, specifically relating to the development of individual music literacy and collective sound building. Her presentation at the 2015 TMEA convention with Richard Bjella entitled “From Here to the Moon: Unleashing Limitless Potential Through Standard Choral Repertoire” explored rehearsal techniques and strategies for helping students of any age engage with music beyond that which is familiar. Dr. Council has served as a section leader for choirs in the United States and abroad and has extensive experience conducting church choirs and assisting with worship planning.