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Catherine Sailer wins DU's Distinguished Teaching Award

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Jon Stone

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Jon Stone

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Catherine Sailer

Catherine Sailer has earned the 2023 Distinguished Teaching Award. This award recognizes excellent teaching that has constructively influenced students.

Sailer received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from DU. She has been a member of the faculty since 2000 and is the director of choral studies at the Lamont School of Music and conductor of the Lamont Chorale. In addition to her work at Lamont, Sailer is associate conductor of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, music director of the Littleton Symphony Orchestra and conductor of The Evans Choir.

In nominating Sailer for this award, Keith Ward, director of Lamont, highlighted the influence she has had on her students. He included this quote from one of her chorale students: “You could ask any student of Dr. Sailer’s, and they would all agree that she is an exceptional professor. Dr. Sailer truly cares about her students' success both inside and outside the classroom. She challenges us to be better musicians and to strive for perfection. She is unbelievably talented and exceptional at her job. I am so grateful whenever I have the chance to sing with her. She is genius.”