Associate Professor of Music
BA, Goshen College, 1997
MM, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 2000
MA, Western Oregon University, 2005
DMA, Michigan State University, 2008
Scott Hochstetler, DMA, is assistant professor of music at Goshen College, where he teaches in the choral, vocal and opera theater programs. Under his direction, the Goshen College Men’s Chorus performed to acclaim at the ACDA regional convention in March 2012. He is also the newly appointed director of St. Joseph Valley Camerata, an area professional choir. Previous appointments include Western Mennonite School (OR), the University of Michigan – Flint, and Corban College (OR).
As a scholar, his work on Vaughan Williams has been published by The Choral Journal. He is the co-author of the IPA Pronunciation Guide to Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire: German Texts, published by earthsongs, with a second book on French and Italian diction forthcoming.
As a baritone, he has performed opera and oratorio roles and given recitals in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Oregon. Most recently, he performed as baritone soloist in Fauré’s Requiem with the Toledo Symphony under the baton of Vance George. His voice students have consistently placed highly in vocal competitions, including a winner of the 2011 Indiana NATS competition. Dr. Hochstetler holds a DMA in choral conducting from Michigan State University, a double MM in conducting and voice from the University of Michigan, and a BA in music and biology from Goshen College.
He has studied conducting with David Rayl, Sandra Snow, Jonathan Reed, Jerry Blackstone, Theodore Morrison and Kenneth Kiesler, and he has studied voice with Leslie Guinn, Stephen Lusmann and Doyle Preheim.
Dr. Hochstetler lives in Goshen, Indiana with his wife Rachel and two children, Leah and Aaron.
Vocal Methods and Pedagogy
Topics: Diction for Singers
“Dona Nobis Pacem: Vaughan Williams’s Federalist Manifesto.” The Choral Journal. 49.12 (2009), 42-52.
IPA Pronunciation Guide for Translations & Annotations of Choral Repertoire, Volume II: German Texts, with Brent Wells. Ed. by Gordon Paine. earthsongs, 2011. Pg. 124.
IPA Pronunciation Guide for Translations & Annotations of Choral Repertoire, Volume III: French and Italian Texts, with Brent Wells. Ed. by Gordon Paine. earthsongs.
Memberships & Associations
American Choral Directors Association
National Association of Teachers of Singing
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (UNIVERSITY)
Associate Professor of Music, Goshen College, IN (2008-Present)
Lead the voice program. Teach voice for music and non-music majors. Sing in faculty recitals and lead weekly masterclasses. Direct Chorale, a 70-voice select mixed ensemble, and Men’s Chorus, a select 50-voice men’s ensemble. Co-teach Conducting for music majors. Teach Diction for Singers, Vocal Pedagogy, and Opera Workshop. Music Director for Operas and Musical Theatre productions. Serve on faculty committees.
Lecturer, University of Michigan—Flint (2005-2008)
Taught voice for music and non-music majors. Taught lessons, led weekly master-classes and sang in faculty recitals. Taught Lyric Diction for Singers, Choral Techniques and Opera Workshop. Taught Vocal Techniques and conducted select high school women’s choir in rehearsals and performance for the annual UM Flint Senior Academy (2006).
Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University (2005-2008)
Assisted and did supervised and unsupervised teaching in advanced conducting class for undergraduate music education majors. Taught private conducting to graduate students in collaborative piano. Assistant conductor for Chorale, the premier mixed choir, and State Singers, a select undergraduate mixed choir. Conducted both in rehearsals and performances. Taught Vocal Techniques and Conducting and conducted a chamber choir for the 2006 MSU Choral Camp.
Adjunct Voice Instructor, Corban College, OR (2004-2005)
Taught voice to music and non-music majors. Taught lessons and sang in faculty recitals.
Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (1998-2000)
Assistant conductor for University Choir, a select undergraduate choir, and Women’s Glee Club. Conducted both in performances and rehearsals. Chorusmaster for University of Michigan Opera Theatre. Directed auditions and recruitment for the productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Floyd’s Susannah (Music Director, Kenneth Kiesler). Conducted in rehearsals.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (SECONDARY SCHOOL)
Music Director, Western Mennonite School, OR (2000-2005)
Directed middle school and high school programs which included five choirs (two touring choirs) and two bands, involving over 80% of student body. Directed Spring Musical, Trial by Jury, and served as vocal coach for Godspell, The Music Man, and The Sound of Music. Implemented a voice studio into Western Mennonite School’s program. Private students performed with distinction at district and state solo/ensemble competitions. A cappella choir performed with distinction at district and state competitions (1st place at 2A State Championships in 2005 and runner–up in 2002, 2003, and 2004). High School Band placed third in its first appearance at the district festival. Led choir tours to Canada, California, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (CIVIC CHORUS)
Music Director, St. Joseph Valley Camerata (2011-present)
Audition singers, select repertoire and rehearse 21-voice professional choir based in Michiana. Seasons include both a fall and a spring concert. First concert, Choral Evensong, in November 2011 included Vivaldi’s Magnificat with orchestra and was performed in a sold-out Rieth Recital Hall at Goshen College. Love and Lament, which included selections from Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzer and Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses, was performed in April 2012. 2012/13 season will include Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs and Duruflé’s Requiem.
Music Director, Ingham Festival Chorale, MI (2007-2008)
Selected repertoire and rehearsed 40-voice community choir, presenting an annual concert in April (2007-Vivaldi Gloria and Mendelssohn choruses, 2008-Mozart Coronation Mass).
Music Director, University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society (1999)
Served as Music Director/Conductor for Utopia Limited. Conducted four performances (10 total services) involving 27-piece orchestra and over 30 stage performers. Directed all musical aspects of the production, including casting, vocal rehearsals, recruitment of orchestral players, orchestral rehearsals, orchestral sectionals, and accompanying.