Music Department

Lauren Fowler-Calisto

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Office: Shea 177
Phone: (973) 720-2691
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Department: Music
Position: Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Lauren Fowler-Calisto, Assistant Professor and newly appointed Director of Choral Activities at William Paterson University conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and teaches conducting and courses in music education. Prior to her position at William Paterson she served as the Associate Director of Choral Activities in the School of Music at the University of Southern Mississippi where she directed the Concert Choir and Men’s Chorus, in addition to her work with the Spirit of Southern and BelleTones A Cappella ensembles. She also taught beginning conducting and graduate choral literature. Dr. Fowler-Calisto was also the Artistic Director of the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale. For fifteen years she served as the Director of Choral Studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA where she conducted the CNU Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Men’s Chorus. She taught graduate and undergraduate conducting, choral literature and secondary methods, as well as applied voice and vocal improvisation. Previous positions include Associate Director of Choirs and Specialist in Choral Music Education and Vocal Jazz at Iowa State University, as well as the University of South Dakota and St. Norbert College.

Dr. Fowler-Calisto received her Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Choral Conducting with a cognate in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, where she worked with Paul J. Christiansen and sang in the Concordia Choir, and a Master of Music in Performance degree in conducting from the University of Arizona, where she worked with Dr. Maurice Skones singing with the Arizona Chamber Choir and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Performing as a soloist in both Classical and Jazz idioms, Dr. Fowler-Calisto has sung most recently with the Virginia Chorale–The only fully paid professional vocal ensemble in VA–and with her husband’s jazz trio, “Round Midnight,” as guest artist. Selected as a conductor/soprano with the prestigious Norfolk Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop in 2010, and the Sarteano Chamber Choir Workshop in 2015 and 2013, Dr. Fowler-Calisto continues to study with Simon Carrington.

She is very active as an adjudicator, and guest conductor for high school, college, and middle school Honor Choirs, Festival Choirs and Jazz/Show Choirs in addition to her many presentations on voice matching, conducting pedagogy, and vocal jazz pedagogy at several state and regional NAfME and ACDA conventions. Dr. Fowler-Calisto has appeared as a guest conductor for All-State Choirs and Jazz Choir, the Kentucky Collegiate Honors Choir at the 2001 Southern Division MENC convention, and guest conductor of The American International School of Muscat high school choral festival in Muscat, Oman with students from twenty different countries in 2011. Both her traditional and jazz choirs at the university and public school levels have been selected to perform at state conventions, including the CNU Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus at the Virginia Music Educators State Conference. The CNU Chamber Choir has toured Europe four times in the past eight years, singing Lenten Mass in many cathedrals throughout Europe including Basilica Papale San Pietro in Rome, Basilica di San Marco in Venice, the Salzburger Dom andParoisse de la Madeleine in Paris. The CNU Women’s Chorus sang Evensong at Westminster Abbey on New Year’s Eve in 2012 in addition to singing Handel’s Coronation Anthems in Bristol and London, with maestro Simon Carrington.

Her conducting, music education, and choral students have continued to garner accolades and awards as professional conductors, singers, and music educators, including a Gates¬–Cambridge Scholarship winner in the area of music to study conducting at Cambridge, a youth/high school first place conducting recipient of The American Prize, a student who was one of four finalists in the American Choral Directors Association National Undergraduate Student Conducting Competition in 2009, and one of eight finalists in the ACDA Graduate Conducting Competition held in Chicago, and a staff conductor with the Chicago Children’s Choir. Continuing to participate and work with the American Choral Directors Association, Dr. Fowler-Calisto has served as R & S Chair in Vocal Jazz, Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives, and Women's Choir at Divisional and State levels in CO, IA, and VA.