As Director of Choral Studies at the University of Denver ‘s Lamont School of Music, Catherine Sailer conducts the Lamont Chorale and the Lamont Women’s Chorus and teaches courses in conducting and choral music. She was named the winner of the Robert Shaw Fellowship for 2005, chosen by Chorus America and supported by Warner Brothers and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was also the first place winner of the American Choral Director’s Association Conducting Competition in 1999.
In 2004, Sailer was invited to conduct in the prestigious National Conducting Institute, where she worked with the National Symphony Orchestra and studied with Leonard Slatkin. She also conducted performances of the festival chorus and orchestra at the Oregon Bach Festival under the tutelage of Helmuth Rilling. Other recent guest conducting credits are with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the National Opera of China and the Larimer Chorale and Orchestra. She has been a conducting fellow with the Dale Warland Singers, the Kansas City Chorale, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Carnegie Hall Workshop Chorus and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and has collaborated as conductor or chorus master with singers William Warfield and Marilyn Horne and conductors Victor Yampolsky, Marius Szmolij, Stephen Alltop, David Amram, and Tan Dun. Sailer received the Doctor of Music with honors in conducting from Northwestern University and the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and conducting from the University of Denver. In addition to her duties at the University of Denver, Catherine Sailer is Assistant Conductor of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.