Director of the Choral Ensembles
Lindsay Pope is the Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer in Music at Mount Holyoke College, where she conducts the Glee Club, Chorale, and Chamber Singers.
Ms. Pope completed her graduate studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. While at Westminster, Ms. Pope served as the Graduate Assistant Conductor of Kantorei, Westminster's early music ensemble, and Chapel Choir , the first year curriculum chorus. She has also served as the Assistant Conductor of the New Jersey Chamber Singers, Conductor of the Providence Place Bel Canto Chorus, and the Choral Assistant for the Mount Holyoke choral ensembles under Kimberly Dunn Adams.
Ms. Pope is deeply passionate about exposing her students to choral music from a variety of genres, eras, and particularly cultures. She has traveled to Corsica and the Republic of Georgia with Patty Cuyler and Village Harmony to study and perform traditional folk songs and chant.
Ms. Pope is an avid choral singer. While at Westminster, she participated in numerous performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, including a concert performance of El Niño with the Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by John Adams, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas, and Johannes Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Dresden Staatskapelle and Daniel Harding. With Westminster Choir, Ms. Pope participated in tours to California and Florida, as well as two terms as the choir-in-residence at the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. At the Spoleto Festival she performed in the opera choruses of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and the American premiere of Heinrich Rihm's Proserpina.
As a mezzo-soprano soloist, Ms. Pope was recently featured as the alto soloist in Bach's Mass in b minor with Joe Miller and the Westminster Chamber Choir. At the Spoleto Festival, she was the alto soloist in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra conducted by Joseph Flummerfelt. She also loves to participate in outreach concerts at retirement communities and historical societies with her musically inclined family. She is a voice student of Lindsey Christiansen and Elizabeth Vrenios.
Ms. Pope is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College ('07). During her undergraduate studies, she participated in the choral ensembles and was director of the V-8's, the oldest continuing female collegiate a cappella group in the nation.
Katie Lipow graduated from Smith College in 2014 with a double major in Music and Astronomy, having studied voice intensively with Jane Bryden. She was a four-year member of the Smith College Chamber Singers, and has performed with this group in Spain (2012), Italy and Slovenia (2014). She also sings with the Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble in the Pioneer Valley under the direction of Tony Thornton. At Smith, Katie held leadership positions in the Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Five College Synchronized Swimming Team, as well as serving as the Music Department’s Student Liaison and Ensembles Manager. In 2012, Katie studied opera in Florence, Italy through the Bel Canto Institute, and in 2013-14, she served as a music intern at Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown, New York. Katie was a winner of the 2014 Smith Concerto Competition and the 2014 Sage Chamber Music Society Young Artist Competition.