John Hughes conducting a choir

John C. Hughes

Chair of the Music Department, Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities

[email protected]
920-748-8788
Office: Rodman 149

  • Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Presentations
  • Professional Experience

Basic Information

Education

  • D.M.A., Choral Conducting and Pedagogy, The University of Iowa
  • M.M., Choral Conducting, Northern Illinois University
  • B.A., Music Education-Vocal Emphasis, Augustana College

Courses Taught

Teaching:

  • Chamber Singers
  • Choral Union
  • Choral Techniques
  • Conducting

Expertise:

  • Choral Music
  • Conducting
  • Music History
  • Music Education

Awards & Honors

  • Awarded 2014 Graduate College Summer Dissertation Fellowship from The University of Iowa
  • Profiled for excellence in cross-curricular education in the February 2014 issue of Teaching Music Magazine

Publications

Books

  • Hughes, John C. ed., Historia der Passion und Leidens unsers einigen Erlösers und Seligmachers Jesu Christi by Leonhard Lechner (c. 1553–1606), Chapel Hill, NC: Hinshaw Music, ACDA Historical Works Series, expected January 2020.

DMA Essay

  • Leonhard Lechner’s Passion (1593): Cultural Contexts, Musical Analysis, Historical Implications

Articles

  • Hughes, John C. and Steven A. Miller. “Habitualizing Excellence: Methods for Developing Practice Habits Within Choral Programs at Small Liberal Arts Institutions.” The Choral Scholar (Spring 2019: 3-16).
  • "A Life of Song: Considerations for the Collegiate-Based Town and Gown Choir." Choral Journal 57 , no. 7 (February 2017): 51-59. With Jon Hurty.
  • "Bach: Lutheran Masses I (CD review)." Choral Journal 57 no. 11 (June/July 2017): 79-80.
  • "J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor (CD Review)." Choral Journal 57 no. 2 (September 2016): 70-73.
  • "Missa Charles Darwin (score review)." The Choral Scholar 5 no. 2 (Spring 2016): 98-101.
  • "James D'Angelo: The Holy City (CD review)." Choral Journal 56 no. 8 (March 2016): 85-86.
  • “‘Art That Hides Art’: The Craft of Randall Thompson, Robert Frost, and Frostiana.” The Choral Scholar 5, no. 1 (October 2015): 3-29.
  • “Leonhard Lechner’s Passion (1593): Origins, Importance and Dramatic Meaning.” Choral Journal 56, no. 1 (September 2015): 45-54.
  • “Leonhard Lechner–Mein süße Freud auf Erden: Sacred Choral Music (CD Review).” Choral Journal (March 2015): 55-56.
  • “Musical and Historical Anniversaries in 2015.” Choral Director (January 2015): 16-17.
  • “Blessed Cecilia: Living Women Composers.” Choral Director (November/December 2014): 18-19.
  • “Multicultural Music: Expressing Diversity Through Song.” Choral Director (October 2014): 18-19.
  • “Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven (Book Review).” Choral Journal, 55, no. 3 (October 2014): 90-91.
  • “The Choral Music of Tim Blickhan.” Choral Director (August 2014): 24-25.
  • “Distinctive Repertoire for Treble Voices.” Choral Director (May 2014): 14-15.
  • “Music for Men’s Voices.” Choral Director (March 2014): 18-19.
  • “Note Grouping: A Method for Achieving Expression and Style in Musical Performance (Book Review).” Choral Journal, 54, no. 8 (March 2014): 65-67.
  • “Conscience of a Profession: Howard Swan, Choral Director and Teacher (Book Review).” Choral Journal, 54, no. 8 (March 2014): 67.
  • “John Ireland–My Song is Love Unknown: Church Music (CD Review).” Choral Journal, 54, no. 8 (March 2014): 70-71.
  • “2014 Anniversaries: Connecting Repertoire to Historical Context.” Choral Director (January 2014): 18-19.
  • “Living Minnesota Composers.” Choral Director (November 2013): 25-26.
  • “Music for Madrigal Dinners.” Choral Director (October 2013): 22-23.
  • “Songs of Smaller Creatures and Other American Choral Works (CD Review).” Choral Journal, 54, no. 3 (October 2013): 65-66.
  • “Choral Settings Of Shakespearean Texts.” Choral Director (August 2013): 24-26.
  • “Sing, Sing, Sing…Vocal Jazz.” Choral Director (May 2013): 16-18.
  • “Choral Works with French Texts.” Choral Director (March 2013): 32-33.
  • “Distinctive Pieces to Begin and Conclude Concerts.” Choral Director (January 2013): 27-29.
  • “Selected Spiritual Arrangements For All Choirs.” Choral Director (November 2012): 32-34.
  • “Musical & Historical Anniversaries in 2013.” Choral Director (September 2012): 34-36.
  • “The Art & Science of Planning a Choral Concert (Book Review).” Choral Journal, 53, no. 2 (September 2012): 75.
  • “New Choral Music for 2012-2013.” Choral Director (August 2012): 24-27.
  • “Heiligste Nacht: Choral Music for Advent and Christmas (CD Review).” Choral Journal, 53 no. 1 (August 2012): 67-68.
  • “Choral Settings of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry.” Choral Director (May 2012): 12-13.
  • “American Choral Music, 1940-1960.” Choral Director (March 2012): 19-21.
  • “Baroque Music for All Levels.” Choral Director (January 2012): 28-30.
  • “Vidi Aquam (New Music Review).” Choral Journal, 52, no. 5 (December 2011): 69.
  • “That Easter Day (New Music Review).” Choral Journal, 52, no. 5 (December 2011): 70.
  • “All Through the Night (New Music Review).” Choral Journal, 52, no. 4 (November 2011): 67.
  • “Anthem for Transfiguration (New Music Review).” Choral Journal, 52, no. 4 (November 2011): 68.
  • “Benedictus (New Music Review).” Choral Journal, 52, no. 4 (November 2011): 69-70.
  • “Taking a Leap: Deciding to Go to Graduate School Full-Time.” The Podium (Newsletter of IL-ACDA) 36, no. 1 (Fall 2009): 5.

Areas of Interest

  • Leonhard Lechner’s St. John Passion (1593)
  • Cross-curricular instruction in the music ensemble
  • Intersection of poetry and choral music
  • Contemporary trends in choral composition

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Choral Directors Association
  • Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
  • Chorus America
  • College Music Society
  • Executive and Artistic Director of the Green Lake Festival of Music. (As of Oct 1, 2019)
  • National Collegiate Choral Organization
  • Pi Kappa Lambda
  • State Repertoire and Resources Chair of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association

Outside Activities

  • Founder and Host of "Choir Chat" podcast
  • Assistant Conductor of the Green Lake Festival of Music's Choral Institute
  • Editorial board member for Melisma, the newsletter of the North-Central division of the American Choral Directors Association.
  • Associate Editor of Choral Reviews for The Choral Scholar , National Collegiate Choral Organization.
  • Repertoire Forum editor of Choral Director
  • Wisconsin State Representative and National Board Member for the National Collegiate Choral Organization
  • Active choral clinician and adjudicator

Presentations

Presentations

  • “New Music for the Rest of Us,” State Conference, Wisconsin Choral Directors Association, February 12–13, 2018.
  • "Respect Their Time: Tips for Highly Efficient Rehearsals" Wisconsin State Music Conference Madison, WI OCtober 27-28, 2017
  • "Choral Podcasts Panel Discussions" National Conference for Chorus America Los Angeles, CA June 24, 2017
  • “The Cultural-Liturgical Context of and Expressive Devices in Leonhard Lechner’s 1593 Passion”
    National Collegiate Choral Organization National Conference
    College of Charleston, South Carolina
    November 1, 2013
  • “Why Study Music History?”
    Guest Lecture
    Augustana College (Illinois)
    October 1, 2013
  • “Texture as a Dramatic and Hermeneutic Device in Leonhard Lechner’s St. John Passion (1593)”
    James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference
    The University of Iowa
    April 6, 2013
  • “The Musical Implications of the Lutheran Reformation”
    James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference
    The University of Iowa
    March 24, 2012
  • “Approaching Pop Music as a Choral Musician”
    Guest Lecture
    Augustana College (Illinois)
    March 23, 2012
  • “Expanding Our View of Martin Luther”
    Graduate Student Forum
    Northern Illinois University
    April 1, 2010
  • “Developing a Model for a Cross-Curricular Unit”
    All-State Convention
    Illinois Music Educators Association

Professional Experience

Significant Recent Performances

  • Johannes Brahms's Schicksalslied
  • George Frideric Handel’s Messiah
  • George Frideric Handel’s O Come Let Us Sing Unto the Lord
  • Joseph Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Joanni De Deo “Kleine Orgelsolomesse”
  • Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata
  • Randall Thompson's Frostiana
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs