Director of Choral Studies
Building 37, Room 127B
DMA Choral Conducting, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
MM Choral Conducting, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
BA Music Education, Luther College, Iowa
Dr. Edith A. Copley joined the NAU music faculty in 1990 and is a Regents' Professor and Director of Choral Studies. She conducts the highly acclaimed Shrine of the Ages Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and graduate choral literature.
The Shrine of the Ages Choir, founded in 1933, has performed at state, divisional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Federation of Music Educators (NafME).
NAU choral ensembles under her direction have toured regionally, nationally, and internationally to Western Europe, the Peoples Republic of China, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. In March 2012 Dr. Copley made her Carnegie Hall debut conducting Rutter's "Magnificat" for the Manhattan Concert Productions Masterworks Series. Shrine is planning an international concert tour to Bulgaria and Istanbul in 2014.
In addition to her responsibilities at NAU, Dr. Copley conducts the Master Chorale of Flagstaff, an auditioned 100-voice community chorus that perofrms major choral/orchestral works with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (FSO). In April 1995, Dr. Copley became the first woman to conduct the FSO in a classic series concert, and in 1999-2000 served as the orchestra's resident conductor for their 50th anniversary season, conducting three performances, including Brahms’ "German Requiem." She has also conducted performances of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” (2005) and Mozart’s “Mass in C Minor” (2006), Britten’s “War Requiem” (2008), and Bach’s “B Minor Mass” (2011). In March 2013, she will conduct Verdi's "Four Sacred Songs."
Dr. Copley has received numerous honors, including the NAU School of Performing Arts Centennial Teacher of the Year in 1999, the Arizona Music Educator of the Year Award in 2004, Arizona Outstanding Choral Director Award in 2007, and the Viola Award in Music from the Flagstaff Cultural Partners in 2011.
Dr. Copley is a past-president of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and has her own choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Dr. Copley is in high demand as a guest conductor and clinician for choral festivals and conferences throughout the United States. She also has conducted international choral festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Tasmania, Luxembourg, Australia, China, and Turkey. In March 2013, she will conduct the Mixed Honor Choir for the ACDA National Conference in Dallas.