American Choral Directors Association

Women's Choir Repertoire & Standards Leadership

National Chair: Iris Levine (

Nationally recognized for her excellence in choral conducting, Dr. Iris S. Levine earned her Doctorate in Choral Music from the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Rod Eichenberger and James Vail.  She holds a Masters degree in

Choral Conducting from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied with Alan Harler.  Dr. Levine is Department Chair and Professor of Music at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Now in her 25th year at Cal Poly, Dr. Levine conducts the Kellogg Chamber Singers and teaches Beginning Conducting, Choral Conducting, and Music Education curriculum.

Dr. Levine is the founder and artistic director for Vox Femina Los Angeles – L.A.’s premiere women’s choir. Through her extensive experience with women’s choral literature and innovative concert programming, Dr. Levine has charted Vox Femina on an impressive 17-year journey, building its prominence in the choral community through numerous appearances at the American Choral Directors Association conventions and over 200 appearances throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Dr. Levine is the choir director at Stephen S. Wise Temple, where her choral arrangements are often performed. She is also the National Chair of the ACDA Repertoire and Standards Committee for Women’s Choirs.  Dr. Levine authored the chapter on “Working with the Women’s Community Choir” in the 2012 GIA publication: Conducting Women’s Choirs:  Strategies for Success.  Dr. Levine is the editor for the Iris S. Levine Treble Choral Series with Pavane Publishing and is highly sought as guest clinician and adjudicator for choral festivals throughout the country.

Central Division Chair: Lisa Fredenburgh (

Lisa Fredenburgh is Director of Choral Activities and Music Department Chair at Aurora University in Aurora, IL.  She holds a DMA and two M.M degrees from the University of Arizona where she studied under Maurice Skones, Thomas Hilbish, Jerry McCoy and Kenneth Jenning. Her BA in music education was earned at Luther College, under Weston Noble.  She has held previous conducting posts at University of Central Missouri, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and with the Opera Company of North Carolina and Capitol Opera Raleigh.

Fredenburgh often serves as guest conductor, lecturer and clinician locally, nationally, and abroad.  She has conducted All-State Choirs in Georgia, New York, Arkansas, and North Carolina.  She has conducted and taught master classes in the Dominican Republic, Panama, and in Bolivia.  She is a frequent presenter at national, regional and state level professional organizations in the fields of Women’s Choral Music, and the Music of Latin America.  She formerly served as National Chair for the Women’s Choir Repertoire & Standards Committee for the American Choral Directors Association and on the steering committee for the 50th Anniversary National Convention in 2009. 

Eastern Division Chair: Christine Howlett (