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Emilie Bertram, D.M.A.

Music | Director of Choral Activities, Assistant Professor

D.M.A. in Choral Conducting & Literature – University of Colorado Boulder
M.M. in Music Education – Ithaca College
B.M. in Secondary Vocal Music Education – Concordia College
Emilie Bertram serves as Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music/Fine Arts at Waldorf University. She conducts the Waldorf Choir, Schola Cantorum and teaches courses in choral conducting and choral methods.

Prior to her appointment at Waldorf, Dr. Bertram conducted various ensembles during her studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, including the Women’s Chorus, University Choir and University Singers. She has taught in the public and private school systems in Minn., N.Y. and Calif., instructing general music, piano, voice and choral music. Dr. Bertram’s ensembles have enjoyed invited performances in San Francisco, Anaheim, Seattle, Vancouver, Ireland, New York City and were featured at the 2017 California ACDA State Convention.

Dr. Bertram was selected to present at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference in 2019 and the California State Music Educators Conference in 2020. She has also led workshops for the University of Colorado Boulder ACDA Collegiate Chapter and Collaborative Piano students. Her research interests lie in developing the listening skills of choral conductors through the application of brain-based pedagogy, and utilizing research-proven storytelling methodologies to create engaging concert programming. Dr. Bertram aspires to positively impact the profession of choral music, seeking to cultivate a model of longevity and vitality for our art form. Her joy and passion as a choral educator lies in facilitating student growth through stimulating rehearsal planning and innovative repertoire selection.

Dr. Bertram holds degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder (D.M.A., Choral Conducting and Literature), Ithaca College (M.M., Music Education) and Concordia College (B.M., Secondary Vocal Music Education). She has been privileged to study with conductors René Clausen, Janet Galván, Ann Howard Jones, Gregory Gentry, Elizabeth Swanson, Gary Lewis, Joan Conlon, Sharon Hansen and Richard Bjella. She has sung as a member of numerous performing ensembles, including the Concordia Choir, University of Colorado Boulder University Singers and The Choral Project (San Jose, CA).