Christine Welch Elder is currently in her fourteenth year on faculty at Willamette University where she conducts Voce Femminile and teaches studio Voice, Theory and Aural Skills. Her choirs and students have received multiple honors, including national television appearances (Christmas Eve special, CBS and Hallmark channels), an appearance at the regional American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) convention in Vancouver, BC, and frequent honors from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
Ms. Welch Elder holds vocal performance degrees from Indiana University and the University of Idaho with minors in conducting and composition, and is active as a soprano soloist and private teacher. She has appeared with Basically Bach of Chicago as well as numerous regional orchestras and choruses, including the Willamette Falls Orchestra, the Willamette Master Chorus, the Salem Chamber Orchestra, the Washington-Idaho Symphony, and the Vancouver Symphony. She has been a member of the chorus at the Oregon Bach Festival, has soloed in Carnegie Hall under Helmut Rilling, and most recently recorded Libby Larsen’s song Cycle “Me” with the Grammy award winning composer as producer and her colleague Marva Duersken on piano. She is a frequent performer of both Baroque and Contemporary literature, particularly championing the work of women composers.