ABOUT REDMOND CHORALE
Redmond Chorale is a semi-auditioned, SATB, adult-voiced choir performing a variety of choral literature in three concert seasons every year.
Through excellent achievement and education in choral arts, Redmond Chorale partners with charitable causes in and around Redmond, as members of the choir connect with each other and with the community through music.
Get to Know Us
DR. LAURIE BETTS HUGHES
Founding Artistic Director
Laurie Betts Hughes is a spirited conductor of creative connection who fosters community within choirs and with their greater community through choral singing. To this end, she builds choirs and is the founding artistic director of the Redmond Chorale and its developing chamber ensemble. She directs the Women’s University Club Chorus of Seattle, the G# Choir at Google in Kirkland, and teaches music at Northwest University. She is an enthusiastic choral adjudicator and guest clinician.
Laurie’s compositions have been published by Walton/GIA, Santa Barbara Music Publishers, and her own Dandelion Music Press. Many of her pieces are featured in Project: Encore’s catalogue of contemporary post-premiere vetted choral catalogue and two compositions are semifinalist and finalist in their divisions for The American Prize 2017.
She is president of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, the initial conductor of project-based Summer Fling Vocal Ensemble, a founding vocalist of Seattle's professional Emerald Ensemble, and a guest vocalist with Choral Arts Northwest.
Laurie earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano and Musicology from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She is the first recipient of the Robert Fountain Memorial Scholarship in Choral Conducting from Oberlin and was a national finalist in the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Competition.
Yuly Kopkin is a native of Ekaterinburg, Russia calling Seattle home. Conservatory-trained in his birthland, he also holds a degree of Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington on a Fulbright scholarship. Vita in Canto, an internationally acclaimed university choir he founded in 2003 in his home city, has been a prize-winner at a number of national and international choral festivals and also enjoyed the most enthusiastic reception during their two concert tours of the USA (2013, 2014). In February 2019, Kopkin founded Meridian Ensemble, an auditioned chamber choral ensemble dedicated to producing high quality performances of secular choral repertoire ranging from late 19th century to modern day.
A prolific collaborative pianist, Kopkin has been involved in productions of musicals and operas such as The Pirates of Penzance, Titanic the Musical, Into the Woods, Don Giovanni, Hansel and Gretel, Suor Angelica, and I Pagliacci. He serves as collaborative pianist at the music department at Shoreline Community College. His other piano accompanying credits include, among others, such established ensembles as The University of Washington Chorale, Seattle Choral Company, Seattle Pro Musica, and Choral Arts Northwest.