Edith Copley

edith_copley_photoEdith A. Copley is a Regents’ Professor and Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She conducts the highly acclaimed Shrine of the Ages Choir (founded in 1933) and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and graduate choral literature. The Shrine of the Ages Choir has performed at state, regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. NAU choral ensembles under her direction have toured internationally to Western Europe, the Peoples Republic of China, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Bulgaria, Istanbul, Estonia, and Latvia.

Prior to her NAU appointment, she taught secondary choral music for seven years in the Midwest and four years overseas in Vienna, Austria. She has also served as the assistant and interim principal conductor of the May Festival Chorus that performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops. Dr. Copley has prepared choral/orchestral works for Robert Shaw, James Conlon, Jesus Lobez-Cobes, Erich Kunzel, Randall Craig Fleischer, and Elizabeth Schulze.

In spring 2016, Dr. Copley retired as Music Director of the Master Chorale of Flagstaff (MCF). She led this auditioned 100-voice community chorus for 23 years. MCF performed three concerts each season as well as a major choral/orchestral work with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (FSO). She has conducted numerous choral/orchestral works, including Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem,Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Duruflé’s Requiemand Britten’s War Requiem.

Dr. Copley has served as the President of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Western Division, President of the Arizona ACDA, interest session chair for the 2011 and 2019 ACDA National Conferences, and has conducted the 2013 ACDA National Mixed Honor Choir in Dallas and the NAfME All-National Mixed Honor Choir in the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Dr. Copley has received numerous honors, including NAU School of Performing Arts Centennial Teacher of the Year Award, Arizona Music Educator of the Year, Arizona ACDA Outstanding Choral Director Award, and the Weston H. Noble Awardfrom her alma materLuther College.

Dr. Copley has her own choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publications and is in high demand as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor in the US and abroad. She has conducted all-state choirs in over 30 states, and choral festivals in Carnegie Hall in NYC, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Dr. Copley also has conducted international choral festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Tasmania, Japan, Luxembourg, Australia, China, Turkey, England, Poland, and Oman.