2018 Conducting Workshop Faculty

2018 Summer Choral Conducting Workshop Faculty

Dr. Patrick Walders

Director of Choral Studies, San Diego State University

A native of Buffalo, NY, Patrick Walders maintains an active career as a professional vocalist, music educator, church musician, clinician, and conductor. Joining the faculty in August 2011 as Director of Choral Studies at San Diego State University, he was charged with building the undergraduate and graduate choral program. Now an Associate Professor, he conducts the Aztec Concert Choir, SDSU Chamber Choir, and oversees the University Chorus. He leads a thriving graduate program in Choral Conducting that offers the Masters of Music degree and Artist Diploma. He was voted Most Influential Faculty Member in 2013 and 2014 by the most outstanding graduate of the School of Music and Dance. In 2015, Patrick earned the California Music Educators Association Choral Educator Award for the state of California.

Off-campus, he and his wife Katie founded the San Diego Pro Arte Voices, a professional chamber choir and non-profit organization engaging professional artists of all disciplines for the advancement of the arts in San Diego. He is Founder and Artistic Director of the annual San Diego Summer Choral Festival & Conducting Workshop designed to give teachers, church musicians, students, amateurs, and professionals a high-quality summer choral performing outlet and conducting experience.

Walders joined the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus as Choral Director in July 2017, preparing and conducting world premiers and symphonic masterworks with outstanding musicians from San Diego. He is honored to succeed Choral Director Emeritus, Dr. David Chase, after his 43 years of service to the organization.

Patrick has led Honors Choruses and workshops in every corner of the United States. His international conducting experience includes teaching and guest conducting in Austria, England, Germany, and the Czech Republic. In 2016-2017, he will conduct the 2016 MACCC 2-Year College Honors Chorus in California, the 2016 New York All-State Women’s Chorus and return to Salzburg, Austria to headline the Goldegg Seminar für Chorleitung und Chorgesang 2017 – a workshop for vocalists, conductors, and teachers.

For five seasons, he was the Associate Conductor of the National Philharmonic Chorale and Artistic Director of the National Philharmonic Singers based in Washington, DC and made his National Philharmonic debut conducting Handel’s Messiah in 2006 earning positive reviews from The Washington Post.

As a professional baritone soloist and consort artist, Patrick has performed throughout the northeastern United States and southern California. He sings with the Bach Collegium San Diego and The Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival and freelances. He carries a small private voice and conducting studio. Patrick specializes in Vocal Pedagogy as it pertains to ensemble settings and is an avid conducting pedagogue. His dissertation titled, Vocal Pedagogy and Applications for Conductors Not Trained in Singing, is proving to be a valuable resource (found online) for vocalists as well.

When time allows, he enjoys arranging choral music for small and large vocal forces. His setting of Coventry Carol for SSATB choir, soprano solo, and optional handbells was published by Shawnee Press.

Patrick holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Fredonia, a master's degree in choral conducting from the Westminster Choir College and a doctorate in conducting from the University of Maryland- College Park. He taught public school (7-12th grade) in western New York, and is passionate about teaching future music teachers, enabling them to be significant ambassadors not only for choral music, but also for all the Arts.


Arlie Langager

Director of Choral Activities, Applied Music Program Coordinator, MiraCosta College

Since 2008, Arlie Langager has been on the faculty of MiraCosta College where she conducts the choirs, coordinates the applied music program, and teaches voice.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in vocal performance, Dr. Langager maintained a full voice studio in the Conservatory of Music at the University of Lethbridge. She later completed graduate course work at the University of Calgary in voice performance and pedagogy with special focus on the Kodaly method for teachers. Following further studies, she earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting and joined the faculty at the U of C where she enjoyed conducting the Chamber Choir and the 100-voice University Chorus. She also taught courses in secondary choral music education, classroom music courses, and supervised student teachers at both levels. For nearly a decade she directed the U of C vocal jazz program, during which time the vocal jazz choir grew into two fully-voiced a cappella ensembles that toured, recorded, and performed frequently. Before moving to southern California, Dr. Langager received a scholarship for fulltime doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Langager has conducted a number of high school and college choirs. As director with the Youth Singers of Calgary, she toured her 80-voice high-school age choirs to the Bahamas, New York, Australia and New Zealand. She served as fulltime Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys Choir organization, and toured across Canada and the United States with the boys and changed-voices choirs. As Conductor of the Mount Royal University Youth Choir, she toured locally and on a major tour through Mexico City, Guanajuato, and Guadalajara. Under her direction, her groups earned a reputation for prized choral singing in music festivals and on international tours.

In addition to adjudicating for choral and vocal festivals, Dr. Langager actively works within the arts community. She serves on the American Choral Directors Association California board as the Repertoire and Resources Chair for Two-Year Colleges. As First Vice President of the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego, she coordinates annual scholarship auditions.


Dr. David Chase

Dr. David Chase has recently retired from a 44-year career as Choral Director of La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. He is Professor Emeritus at Palomar College, where he has taught music classes for nearly as long. He holds three music degrees from The Ohio State University and University of Michigan. He has prepared choruses for numerous internationally renowned conductors and he sang and recorded with Robert Shaw in Souillac, France. With La Jolla Symphony Chorus, he has made nine international tours, including one to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, and made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut with LJSC and the North Coast Singers in May of 2012.