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.
Kimberly has been playing the piano for as long as she can remember. She studied seriously under Debra Richter in the piano preparatory division at Walla Walla College beginning at age 12. While studying with Debra she competed across the Northwest and was presented with numerous awards and accolades. These include placing second two years in a row in the Oregon State piano competition, receiving honorable mentions at WMTA piano competitions, and numerous gold and silver medals from MusicFest in Spokane, Washington. Kimberly also had the honor of performing with the Oregon East Symphony and the Walla Walla Symphony while in high school.
After high school she went on to study piano under the direction of Dr. Judith Schoepflin at Whitworth University. She was awarded piano scholarships while there, and maintained a small private piano studio. She graduated with degrees in Piano Performance and Elementary Education.
While Kimberly’s interest in music has always been an integral aspect of her life, she knew she wanted to pursue education in the classroom after college. She has taught in a variety of public and private classroom settings in Oregon, California and Washington, and has always maintained a small private piano studio.