John C. Hughes
is assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Ripon College in Wisconsin. In addition to conducting the college’s choirs, Hughes teaches conducting, choral methods, and voice lessons. Outside of Ripon College, he is in demand as a clinician and honor choir conductor and serves as conductor of the Composer Residency at the Green Lake Festival of Music (WI). From August 2015 through February 2018, he hosted a podcast called Choir Chat and recorded and produced over 120 interviews with conductors and composers. Accompanying his busy performance schedule, Hughes is passionate about choral literature and scholarship, specializing in Lutheran music before 1600 and trends in contemporary choral composition. He has authored peer-reviewed articles in Choral Journal and The Choral Scholar, as well as numerous reviews of choral music, books, and recordings. He serves as associate editor of score reviews for The Choral Scholar and the repertoire and resources state chair for the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. Additionally, he is a national board member of and the Wisconsin state representative for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Hughes earned his undergraduate degree from Augustana College (IL), M.M. from Northern Illinois University, and D.M.A. from The University of Iowa.