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Katherine Chan

Departments

Music

Education

  • University of Minnesota, DMA in Conducting
  • University of Washington, MM in Choral Conducting
  • Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University, B MUS in Piano Performance & Piano Pedagogy

Research Focus

  • Staging of Choral-Orchestral Masterworks

Awards

  • Sydney Symposium Choral Foundation’s Fifth Choral Conducting Scholarship (2010)
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship (GRPP), University of Minnesota, Minnesota, MN (2014)
  • East Boston Adult Education Coalition Recognition Award: “Commitment and Dedicated Service to Boston’s Adult Learners” (2021)
  • Boston City Council recognition: “Years of Service as ESL Volunteer Director of Boston Public Library” (2021)
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate Official Citation, in recognition: “2021 East Boston Adult Education Coalition Recognition Award”
  • The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, College/University Ensemble and Conductor Division – THIRD PLACE (2023)

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Australian conductor, Katherine Chan, is known for her energy and enthusiasm on the podium. As Director of Choral Activities and Associate Teaching Professor of music at Northeastern University, Chan conducts the Northeastern University Choral Society Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Mosaic Treble Ensemble. A sought-after choral clinician, Chan also serves as the Artistic Director of Boston Choral Ensemble, and ACDA Eastern Region Collegiate Repertoire and Resource (R&R) Chair.

Chan’s unique blend of talent and energy has also been on display at the numerous prestigious international festivals including at Australia National Choral Association (ANCA) National and State conventions, National Conductors’ Symposium (Canada), and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conventions & State Convention, Honor Choirs. She’s had the privilege of being a conducting scholar with Maestro Helmuth Rilling conducting at Oregon Bach Festival, Taipei Bach Festival and Hong Kong SingFest, and have guest conducted with Minnesota Chorale, Xi’an Symphony Chorus (China), Bach Choir of Bethlehem (Pennsylvania), Cantata Singers (Boston), and Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Internationally, she has gained recognition at the World Choral Conducting Competition 2019, and was placed top 6-finalists at the Romano Gandolfi International Competition for Choral Conductors (Italy) in 2023.

Chan received her M.M degree from the University of Washington, and D.M.A in Conducting from the University of Minnesota, under the mentorship of Kathy Saltzman Romey & Matthew Mehaffey.

Research/Publications Highlights

Staging of Choral-Orchestra Major works:
Thesis: “The Staging of Choral Masterworks – A handbook to staging Faure’s Requiem” (2014)

Courses Taught

  • University Choirs
  • Conducting, Fundamental Theory
  • Class Keyboard