Nurturing Capital University’s rich choral legacy, Lynda Hasseler, D.M.A., continues to program classic and contemporary a cappella sacred and secular choral literature. Reflecting her commitment to perform music from a global perspective, choirs under her direction have expanded their repertoire and developed a reputation for performances that feature diverse programming, staging, and a range of tone colors uniquely suited to each style of music.
Dr. Hasseler travels widely as a clinician, singer, and guest conductor. Choirs under her direction have received numerous invitations to perform for multiple conferences and have toured nationally and internationally. In partnership with Craig Courtney, she was recently appointed co-editor of the new Capital University Choral Series published by Beckenhorst Press.
In addition to her work as a conductor, Professor Hasseler has maintained an active singing career. A mezzo-soprano, she has performed, toured and recorded nationally and internationally with professional choral ensembles including the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus. She toured France with the Shaw Festival Chorus and appeared as a soloist.Along with the concerts presented in France, she also has performed several works in Carnegie Hall with both ensembles. As a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Choir, she toured internationally performing concerts in Krakow and Warsaw, Poland; Santiago de Compostela, Spain; and Frankfurt and Stuttgart, Germany. She shares Grammy honors with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra, which, under Helmuth Rilling’s direction, were awarded the 2000 Grammy Award Best Choral Performance for their recording of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Credo.
Dr. Hasseler loves making music with the students and community members. In fact, she will tell you that leading a fast-paced choral rehearsal, crafting a musical phrase and shaping choral tone with the “best students in the whole world” are some of the richest moments that life has to offer. None of those things can compete, however, with the joy of being a mom to 15-year-old Hannah, the “best daughter in the whole world.”