Catherine Sailer

Catherine Sailer

Professor, Choral Conducting

Professional Biography

Catherine Sailer is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Denver, professor of conducting, and conductor of the Lamont Chorale. She is also Associate Conductor of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, Music Director of the Littleton Symphony Orchestra and conductor of The Evans Choir. Sailer has collaborated as chorus master with conductors Branwell Tovey, Matthew Halls, Ed Spanjaard, Eric Whitacre, Victor Yampolsky, Stephen Alltop, David Amram, Tan Dun, David Fanshawe, Yannick Nezet-Segun, Robert Spano, Hans Graf, Jeff Tyzick, and Marin Alsop. Other conducting credits include Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Central City Opera, Beijing Symphony, National Opera of China, Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Madrigal Vocale, Rhineland-Pfalz International Choir, Shanghai International Choral League, Lunds Akademiska Kor, Vox Anima London, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Sailer conducts festivals and masterclasses all around the world, including festivals in Carnegie Hall, England, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, and China and many honor choirs and workshops across the United States.

Honors and Awards include the Dale Warland Award for choral performance and Chorus America’s Robert Shaw Fellowship Award, first place in the ACDA Conducting Competition, and a special citation in the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music. Under her direction, Lamont Chorale won first place in the American Prize for choral performance and second place in the International Barenreiter Choral Competition.

Sailer received her Doctor of Music with honors in conducting from Northwestern University. Further studies were with Helmuth Rilling (Oregon Bach Festival), Leonard Slatkin (National Conducting Institute and National Symphony Orchestra), and as conducting fellow with the Dale Warland Singers, Kansas City Chorale, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. For the American Choral Director’s Association, she served as state president, Collegiate Repertoire/Resource Chair, Conducting Competition Chair, and International Choral Exchange Program representative to China.


  • Doctor of Music, Conducting, Northwestern University, 2001
  • MM, Piano Performance and Conducting, University of Denver, 1997
  • BM, Piano Performance, University of Denver, 1995