Scott Hochstetler

Associate Professor of Music

Scott Hochstetler


  • 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 associate professor of music at Goshen College, where he teaches in the choral, vocal and opera theater programs. He is also the musical 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).

Dr. Hochstetler is a diverse conductor, having successfully led church, school, college, and community ensembles, and worked with singers from novice to professional. Under his direction, the Goshen College Men’s Chorus performed to acclaim at the ACDA regional convention in March 2012. Hochstetler is an active guest clinician, and has led groups on tours throughout the USA and Canada.  Most recently he served as guest conductor for the 2014 Southwestern Michigan College Choral Boot Camp and the MSVMA Men’s Choral Invitational in Berrien Springs, MI, and he has helped prepare local high school singers for the Indiana All-State Choir for the last five years. Hochstetler will guest conduct over 500 singers in the upcoming Mennonite Secondary Council Choral Festival in Iowa in 2016. He has also prepared choruses for performances with the symphony orchestras of Toledo, Lansing and Detroit. In the areas of opera and musical theatre, Hochstetler has served as music director for numerous productions including Dido and Aeneas, Old Maid and the Thief, Urinetown, Utopia Limited, Trial by Jury and Music Man. In the 2013-14 season, Hochstetler conducted Carmina Burana with the Goshen College choirs and Le Nozze di Figaro for the Goshen College Music and Theatre Departments. In May 2015, Hochstetler appeared with the Goshen College Chamber Choir on A Prairie Home Companion. When asked in an interview with the Indianapolis Star about his favorite place to host, Garrison Keillor said, ““Believe it or not, Goshen College in Indiana. They had a student choir on stage and an audience made mostly of Mennonites, so they sang like angels.” In 2010, Hochstetler was chosen as the second director in the 40-year history of St. Joseph Valley Camerata, the premier chamber choir in Northern Indiana. In commemoration of Camerata’s 40th anniversary, Hochstetler led the Goshen College Chamber Choir and Camerata in a performance of Tallis’s 40-part Spem in Alium.

As a baritone, Dr. Hochstetler 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 and Goshen College choirs under the baton of Vance George. He has also performed as soloist with the Lansing Symphony, Michigan State University Chorale and the Goshen College Chamber Choir and has sung in choirs under major conductors including Vance George, Helmut Rilling, Nicholas Kramer, Robert King, Gustav Meier, Dennis Keene and Moses Hogan. A passionate vocal pedagogue, Hochstetler’s voice students have consistently placed highly in vocal competitions, including two winners of the 2013 Indiana NATS competition and two runners-up of the 2014 competition.

As a scholar, Hochstetler’s interests are choral diction and peace-themed choral masterworks. The Choral Journal has published  his work on Vaughan Williams and federalism and he is also the co-author of Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire, Volume II: German Texts, IPA pronunciation guide, published by earthsongs, with a second book on French and Italian diction forthcoming.

Dr. Hochstetler holds a DMA in choral conducting from Michigan State University, a double MM in conducting and voice from the University of Michigan, an MAT in education from Western Oregon University, 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, Doyle Preheim, Richard Fracker, and Anthony Frisell.

Dr. Hochstetler lives in Goshen, Indiana with his wife Rachel and two children, Leah and Aaron. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis and cooking Thai food.




Vocal Methods and Pedagogy


Diction for Singers

Applied Voice

Opera Workshop



Associate Professor of Music, 2008-Present

Goshen College: Goshen, Indiana

Lead the voice program. Teach voice for music and non-music majors. Sing in faculty recitals and lead weekly masterclasses. Take students to annual NATS competition. Direct Chamber Choir, a select 30-40 voice mixed ensemble, and Men’s Chorus, a select 30-50 voice men’s ensemble. Periodically prepare and conduct choirs in major works. Lead Men’s Chorus and Chamber Choir on periodic tours. 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. Lead singing in chapel, faculty retreats, commencement, and alumni hymn sings.

Lecturer, 2005-2008

University of Michigan—Flint: Flint, Michigan

Taught voice for music and non-music majors. Taught lessons, led weeklymaster-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, 2005-2008

Michigan State University: East Lansing, MI

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, 2004-2005

Corban College: Salem, Oregon

Taught voice to music and non-music majors. Taught lessons and sang in faculty recitals.

Teaching Assistant, 1998-2000

University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

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.



Music Director, 2000-2005

Western Mennonite School: Salem, Oregon

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 2004, 2003, and 2002). 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.



Music Director, 2011-present

St. Joseph Valley Camerata: Elkhart, IN

Audition singers, select repertoire, rehearse and conduct a 24-voice professional chamber choir based in Michiana with repertoire ranging from Renaissance through Modern periods. Seasons include both fall and spring concerts. Major works have included Bach’s Komm, Jesu komm, Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Vivaldi’s Magnificat. Hand-picked by the predecessor, David A. Seitz, to be the 2nd director in its 36-year history.

Music Director, 2007-2008

Ingham Festival Chorale: Mason, MI

Selected repertoire and rehearsed 40-voice community choir, presenting an annual concert in April (2007-Vivaldi Gloria and Mendelssohn choruses, 2008-Mozart Coronation Mass).

Assistant Conductor, 2007-2008

Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing: East Lansing, MI

Led warm-ups and conducted 60-voice community mixed choir in rehearsals and performances.

Assistant Conductor, 2005-2008

Choral Union

Michigan State University

Conducted 120-voice School of Music community mixed choir in rehearsals.

Music Director, 1999

University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society: Ann Arbor, Michigan

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.



Guest Clinician, Fall 2012

LaPorte High School: LaPorte, IN

Worked with advanced mixed choir and women’s choir, helping the women to qualify for the state choir competition in Indianapolis.

Guest Conductor/Clinician, Fall 2012

Men’s Choral Invitational at Andrews University: Berrien Springs, MI

Chose repertoire, rehearsed and conducted high school male singers from area MI schools and conducted GC Men’s Chorus as the featured ensemble.

Guest Clinician, Fall 2012

Southwestern Michigan College: Dowagiac, MI

Worked with Dave Carew’s advanced choir on repertoire for conducting masterclass at MSVMA conference.

Symphonic Choral director (2008, 2012)

Goshen College: Goshen, IN

Helped prepare Goshen College choirs and select area high school students for performances of Bach’s Magnificat and Fauré’s Requiem with the Toledo Symphony and GC alum Vance George.

Guest Clinician, January 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

ICDA All-State Choir, Area 2

Led 3-hour rehearsals on the Saturday prior to the Indiana All-State Choir helping to prepare part of the Indiana All-State Choir for visiting conductors (Eph Ehly, Rodney Eichenberger, William Skoog, Edith Copley, Jeff Johnson).

Guest Clinician, Fall 2012, 2011

Elkhart Memorial High School: Elkhart, IN

Worked with Brenda Butler’s advanced high school choir on fall concert rep.

Guest Clinician, Spring 2010, 2011, 2010

Fairfield High School: Goshen, IN

Worked with advanced choir, helping them win back-to-back berths to the state choir competition in Indianapolis.

Guest Clinician, Spring 2011

Goshen High School: Goshen, IN

Worked with advanced choir, helping them place 2nd at state.

Guest Worship Leader, February 2010

MEC Conference: Pittsburgh, PA

Led singing in all worship sessions for the national bi-annual Mennonite Educators’ Conference. Led a session for music educators on teaching foreign language diction.

Guest Masterclass Teacher, June 2010

Vocal Master Class

Goshen College: Goshen, IN

Led masterclass for the studio of area voice teacher Rebecca Dengler Kaufman.

Guest Speaker, Fall 2009, 2010

Senior Seminar

Goshen College: Goshen, IN

Spoke to Music Senior Seminar Class on preparation for and achieving success in graduate school.

Guest Clinician, Fall 2009, 2010

Bethany Christian School: Goshen, IN

Worked with Jubilate (junior/senior choir).

Guest Narrator, Fall 2010

Maple City Chamber Orchestra: Goshen, IN

Guest narrator for children’s concert on Britten’s “Young person’s guide to the orchestra” and “The Story of Celeste.”

Guest Conductor/Artistic Director, March 2009

Goshen College: Goshen, IN

Conducted select choir for a recording through Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary of sung prayers from “Our Moments and Our Days” (an Anabaptist Prayer Book).

Guest Masterclass Teacher, January 2007

Vocal Master Class

Haslett High School: Haslett, Michigan

Led masterclass with voice students of Trey Jacobs as they prepared for solo/ensemble festival.

Guest clinician, February 2007

Song of the Lakes: Davison, MI

Led vocal coaching session with Song of the Lakes, a chapter of Sweet Adelines.

Guest clinician, March 2007

Zion Mennonite Church: Archbold, Ohio

Conducted a two-day choral clinic for the adult church choir.

Guest clinician, Fall 2003

Zion Mennonite Church: Hubbard, Oregon

Presented a song leader workshop that taught the basics of congregational hymn leading.

Workshop presenter, Spring 2001

Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference: Hubbard, Oregon

Presented a workshop entitled, “Becoming Familiar With the Unfamiliar,” that explored the worship resources of Hymnal: A Worship Book.

Music Director, 1998-2000

Shalom Community Church: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Served as Music Director/Conductor for Adult Choir. Selected choral repertoire. Conducted choir at joint services with other churches. Additionally served as Congregational Song Leader.

Professional Singer, 1997-1998

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: Detroit, Michigan

Served as Bass Section Leader for Choir of Men and Boys. Sang solos and led bass section during weekly rehearsals and services.


“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.



Chorus America National Conference

Sound in the Lands (Conference on Mennonite Music)

Toronto Bach Festival, Oregon Bach Festival

Conductors’ Retreat at Medomak

Dennis Keene Choral Festival

René Clausen Choral School

Mike Klinger Music Technology Retreat

Soundsation Vocal Jazz Camp

Middle Level Choral Institute


Helmut Rilling, André Thomas, Rodney Eichenberger,

Gunther Schuller, David Epstein, Robert Page,

Peter Bagley, Vance George, David Lockington

Active Memberships:  

American Choral Directors Association

National Association of Teachers of Singing


Vocal (Baritone)

Opera Roles:

Marchese, LA TRAVIATA, University of Michigan Opera Theatre

Armored Man/Priest, THE MAGIC FLUTE, University of Michigan Opera Theatre

Somnus, SEMELE, Michigan Opera Works

Captain Corcoran, HMS PINAFORE, Bristol Opera House

The Pirate King, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Goshen College 

Partial Roles:

Dancairo, CARMEN, University of Michigan Opera Workshop

Alidoro, LA CENERENTOLA, University of Michigan Opera Workshop

The Dark Fiddler, A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET, University of Michigan Opera Workshop

Il Conte, IL MATRIOMONIO SEGRETO, University of Michigan Opera Workshop

Publio, IL CLEMENZA DI TITO, University of Michigan Opera Workshop

Falke, DIE FLEDERMAUS, Goshen College Opera Workshop

Giuseppe, GONDOLIERS, Goshen College Opera Workshop

Peter, HANSEL AND GRETEL, Goshen College Opera Workshop

Oratorio and Concert Soloist Performances:

Goshen College Faculty Recital Series (2015)

Goshen College Rieth Recital Series, guest soloist in organ recital (2014)

Goshen College Chamber Choir, Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs (2012)

Toledo Symphony and Goshen College Choirs, Vance George, Fauré: Requiem (2012)

Goshen College (Afternoon Sabbatical), Bach: Coffee Cantata (2012)

Oak Grove Mennonite Church (Ohio), Handel: Messiah (2011)

Goshen College  (Faculty Recital Series), Bach: Ich will den Kreutzstab gerne tragen (2011)

Goshen College (Faculty Recital Series), Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzer (2011)

Goshen College “American Concert for Peace,” Barber: Dover Beach (2010)

Goshen College (Faculty Recital Series), Faculty Recital (2009)

St. Joseph Valley Camerata (Elkhart, IN),  Days of ’49 (American folksong) (2009)

Zion Mennonite Church (Archbold, OH), Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (2008)

Lansing Symphony Orchestra and Michigan State Chorale,  soloist for Bach: St. John Passion (2008)

Michigan State University Collage Concert, soloist for Dorchester Canticles (2007)

University of Michigan—Flint Wind Symphony,  soloist (2007)

Okemos First Presbyterian Church (MI), Bach: Ein Feste Burg ist Unsrer Gott (2007)

Michigan State University Choirs & Orchestra,  Handel: “Thus saith the Lord” from Messiah (2006)

Michigan State University Choral Union,  Mozart: Requiem (2006)

Michigan State University Graduate Recital,  Purcell: Jubilate Deo and Te Deum (2006)

The Steiner Chorale (Lansing, MI),  Finzi:  In terra pax  (2005)

The Steiner Chorale (Lansing, MI),  Bach: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (2005)

Michigan State University Men’s Glee Club,  Hogan: “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” (2005)

St. Paul Chamber Singers (Salem, OR),  Howells: Requiem (2004)

Willamette Master Chorus (Salem, OR),  Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb (2004)

Willamette Master Chorus, featured quartet member in Messiah (2003)

Willamette Master Chorus, soloist in Carmina Burana (Si puer cum puellula) (2002)

Willamette Master Chorus, soloist in Ramirez: Navidad Nuestra  (2001)

University of Michigan Arts Chorale Fauré: Requiem (2000)

Goshen College Concerto/Aria Competition, Mozart: The catalogue aria (Don Giovanni) (1997)

Goshen College Concerto/ Aria Competition, Mozart: “Se a caso madama” (Figaro) (1996)

Ibycus Chamber Orchestra (Bangkok),  Bach: Magnificat (1992)

Choral/Opera (Major Works)

An Deutsches Requiem, Brahms (2016)

Messiah (Easter portion) (2015)

Spem in Alium, Tallis (2014)

Singet dem Herrn, Bach (2014)

Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart (2014)

Carmina Burana, Orff (2013)

Rejoice in the Lamb, Britten (2013)

Komm, Jesu komm, Bach (2013)

Requiem, Duruflé (2013)

Mid-Winter Songs, Lauridsen (2012)

Litaniae Lauretanae, Mozart (2012)

Chichester Psalms, Bernstein (2010)

Messiah, Handel (2009)

Magnificat, Vivaldi (2008)

Elegisher Gesang, Beethoven (2008)

Trial by Jury, Gilbert and Sullivan (2002)

Utopia Limited, Gilbert and Sullivan (2000)


2013  Mininger Grant for voice study in NYC, Goshen College2012  Conductor of Goshen College Men’s Chorus, ACDA Central Div Conf2011, 2008 Teacher of Vocal Competition Winner, Indiana NATS2010, 2011  Mininger Grants for work towards two books, Goshen College2007  Masterclass Conductor with Helmut Rilling, Toronto Bach Festival2007  Dissertation Completion Award, Michigan State University2002-04  Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers (3X)2001  Emerging Conductor Scholarship, René Clausen Choral School2000  Participating Conductor, Dennis Keene Choral Festival