Choral Department


Christine Howlett

Christine Howlett

Director of Choral Activities, Vassar College

Christine R. Howlett is the Director of Choral Activities at Vassar College where she conducts the Vassar College Women's Chorus, Vassar College Choir and teaches music theory and voice. Her choruses have sung at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and have toured in Italy, Turkey, Germany, Spain and in the United States.  Recently, the Vassar College Women's Chorus performed at both the National Collegiate Choral Association at Yale University in November, 2009 and at the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Conference in Philadelphia in February 2010.  She is the Artistic Director of Cappella Festiva, an auditioned choral ensemble with a thirty-five year history of performing in the Hudson Valley. In 2006, she co-founded the Summer Choral Festival at Vassar College and the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, an auditioned choral ensemble for treble voices ages 10-16.

Ms. Howlett is active as a soprano soloist and has performed in many works including Bach's Magnificat, Mass in B minor, St. Matthew's Passion, Actus Tragicus, Charpentier's Les Arts Florissants, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Britten's Ceremony of Carols, Mass by Stravinsky, and most recently, Poulenc's Gloria.  She has recently collaborated with the nationally acclaimed Chatham-Wood Duo on a series of recitals for voice, violin, and piano, and a recording project of the same repertoire. 

Ms. Howlett has sung in ensembles under Simon Carrington, Alan Gilbert, Paul Hillier, Lorin Maazel, and Helmut Rilling. She is a member of Kairos: A Consort of Singers, an ensemble of sixteen voices whose members are artists-in-residence at the Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY.  She studied as a voice performance major at the University of Toronto, and earned both a Master's Degree in Early Music Voice Performance and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from Indiana University.