Dr. Allyss Haecker is currently the conductor of the St. Olaf Cantorei. Formerly, Dr. Haecker served as an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Emory & Henry College in Virginia, where she taught voice, conducting, choral methods, vocal pedagogy, diction, and directed the Concert and Chamber Choirs. Dr. Haecker has also served as the Director of Vocal and Choral Studies at Newberry College in South Carolina, and the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan. For sixteen years, she served on the vocal and conducting faculty of the Performing Arts Institute, a summer festival for students of music, dance, and theater. Previously, she taught choral music in the Fenton Area Public Schools and was the Artistic Director of the Saginaw Youth Chorale.
Dr. Haecker received her doctor of musical arts in choral conducting and literature from the University of Iowa, her master of music degree in choral conducting from the University of Illinois, and her bachelor of music education degree from Converse College in South Carolina. She is a frequent clinician and guest conductor for district, state, and regional choral festivals. Dr. Haecker has served on the South Carolina ACDA Board of Directors and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy and the Tennessee Chamber Chorus.
Dr. Haecker’s ongoing research includes contemporary South African choral music and its impact on social and political change. She was a recipient of the T. Anne Cleary International Research Fellowship, which allowed her to study and perform throughout South Africa. Most recently, Dr. Haecker presented her research at the 2018 Annual African Conference. Her time in the Middle East has also led to research and performances of unpublished Arab choral music. She has twice presented at the Virginia Music Educators Association Annual Conference on topics of vocal pedagogy and courageous music-making.
Dr. Haecker is an active soprano soloist, having performed Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat and St. Matthew Passion, Mahler’s Second Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Hor mein Bitten, Faure’s Requiem, Haydn's Creation, and Ogren’s Evening Music. Highlights from Dr. Haecker's operatic and musical theater performances include Montreverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Verdi's La Forza del Destino, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Delibes' Lakme, Sondheim's Into the Woods, and Miranda’s In The Heights. To hear and see recent performances by Dr. Allyss Haecker, please visit www.allysshaecker.com.
Dr. Haecker lives in Northfield, Minnesota with her husband, Arthur, and their son, Kai.