Master Chorale of Flagstaff performs Handel’s Messiah, November 21 2010, at 7:30 PM at the Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, 3600 North 4th Street in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona. Tickets are available at the door and are only $16 for adults, Seniors $15 and Students/Children $8.
For early ticket purchases, go to
NAU Central Ticketing: 928-523-5661 or online at home.naue.edu/cto/
On Sunday, November 21st, the Master Chorale of Flagstaff will perform their annual Messiah concert. Joining the Master Chorale of Flagstaff will be student soloists from the NAU music department and a chamber orchestra made up of musicians from the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.
The mission of the Master Chorale of Flagstaff is to provide audiences throughout northern Arizona with professional presentations of a variety of high quality choral music and to provide northern Arizona singers the opportunity for personal growth and satisfaction through their performances.
The Master Chorale of Flagstaff often performs with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and is a supporter of the Children’s Chorale of Flagstaff. We are proud to be a member of Chorus America, in support of choral music.
The Master Chorale is a fully-qualified 501(c)3 organization.
Edith A. Copley is in her seventeenth year as the music director of the Master Chorale of Flagstaff. She is also professor of music and director of choral studies at Northern Arizona University where she conducts the renowned Shrine of the Ages Choir and Vocal Chamber Ensemble. Dr. Copley coordinates the graduate choral conducting program and teaches courses in graduate conducting and choral literature.
Prior to coming to Flagstaff, Dr. Copley served as the assistant and interim principal conductor of the May Festival Chorus that performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops. She has prepared major choral/orchestral works for the late Robert Shaw, James Conlon, Jesus Lopez-Cobes, Randall Fleischer, and Eric Kunzel.
In April 1995, Dr. Copley became the first woman to conduct the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra in a classic series concert, and in 1999-2000 served as the resident conductor of the FSO for their 50th anniversary season, conducting three performances, including Brahms’ German Requiem. She has also led the Master Chorale and FSO in performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (2005) and Mozart’s C Minor Mass (2006). Dr. Copley conducted Verdi’s Requiem with the Würzburg Philharmonic in Germany in 2004, and in April 2008 she conducted Britten’s War Requiem with the FSO and the NAU Choral Union.
Dr. Copley received her MM and DMA degrees in conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a BA degree in music education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Choral ensembles under her direction have performed at state, regional, and national conventions and have toured abroad to the People’s Republic of China, Western Europe, New Zealand and Australia, and South Africa.
Dr. Copley was named the Centennial Teacher of the Year in the School of Performing Arts at Northern Arizona University in 1999. In 2004, she received the Arizona Music Educator of the Year Award, a Distinguished Service Award from Luther College, and the Arizona Outstanding Choral Director Award in June 2007.
Dr. Copley is currently the past-president of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association 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 conventions throughout the U.S. She also has conducted international choral festivals in Germany, the Netherlands.