Artistic Director

Christine Howlett

Canadian conductor and soprano Dr. Christine R. Howlett is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Chair of the Music Department at Vassar College where she conducts the Vassar College Women's Chorus and Mixed Choir and teaches music theory and voice.  Her choruses have sung at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and have performed internationally in England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Turkey, and most recently in Cuba and Uganda.

Dr. Howlett is in her tenth year as Artistic Director of Cappella Festiva.  She is the conductor of the Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir, an auditioned choral ensemble with a forty-year history of performing in the Hudson Valley.  In 2006, she co-founded the Summer Choral Festival at Vassar College and the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, an auditioned choral ensemble for treble voices ages 10-17.  She is in demand as a guest conductor, performing regularly with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.  She has directed the New York All-State Women's Chorus and numerous All-County Choruses.  She is the President-Elect for NY-ACDA and the Repertoire and Resources Chair for College and University Choirs for the ACDA Eastern Division.

Dr. Howlett studied Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto and earned a Master's Degree in Early Music Voice Performance and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Indiana University.