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Leslie Guelker-Cone Biography

Leslie Guelker-Cone

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Leslie Guelker-Cone is director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Western. In addition to conducting the Concert Choir and the Western Voices chamber ensemble, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting and choral music education. In June 2009, she conducted Western's Concert Choir on tour in Argentina and Uruguay; other tours have taken the choir to France, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Bulgaria. Under her direction, the choir has performed at national and divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Dr. Guelker-Cone received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in choral conducting and literature. She has served as a Repertoire and Standards chair for the American Choral Directors Association at both the national and local levels and on the boards of both the California and Washington Music Educators Associations. She is a past president of Washington ACDA and is in frequent demand as a choral adjudicator, honor choir conductor, and guest clinician throughout the United States and Canada. Current research includes study of the incorporation of the movement theories of Dalcroze and Laban into the teaching of choral conducting as well as the use of collaborative teaching techniques in the choral rehearsal.


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