Christine Welch Elder
Christine Welch Elder is currently in her seventh year on faculty at Willamette University where she conducts Voce Femminile and teaches studio voice and aural skills. She previously served for eight years as Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Salem. Her church ensembles as well as three Willamette choirs including Voce Femminile were featured in a nationally televised Christmas Eve special, "Receive the Gift", which aired on CBS in December of 2003 and again on the Hallmark channel in 2004. In February of 2008 Voce Femminile will perform at the NW regional ACDA convention in Vancouver, BC.
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 composer. 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, and the Washington-Idaho Symphony. She has twice participated in the Carnegie Hall professional choral workshop under the batons of Peter Schreier and Helmut Rilling, and this past summer she was a member of the festival chorus at the Oregon Bach Festival. Her choral compositions are distributed by Hal Leonard.