Introducing Our New Artistic Director!

Columbia Choirs is excited to welcome Katrina Turman as the second Artistic Director of our choirs at the end of this choir season. Katrina brings decades of personal experience in community choirs, and years of specialized training to lead our choirs.

Hello Columbia Choirs Community! I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Columbia family and to continue the legacy of this incredible organization,” Turman states. “Having sung in choirs since the age of five, I know the impact that good leadership and quality music education have on a community and I will work diligently to continue in the footsteps of Columbia Choirs founder, Steve Stevens. I cannot wait to make music with you all next season!

Katrina Turman, Incoming Artistic Director

To learn more about Katrina’s background and passion for choirs, please watch this video introduction:

Katrina Turman is a native of California and an alumnus of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, where she began singing at age five. Ms. Turman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Oregon where she studied voice with Laura Decher Wayte while singing under the baton of Dr. Sharon Paul.  After performing in Europe with the Munich Bach Choir, Ms. Turman returned to California and was introduced to Kodály music education. Inspired, she then returned to pursue post-graduate studies at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. While there, Ms. Turman had the opportunity to study with numerous world-renowned teachers, including advanced choral conducting teacher, Peter Erdei. She then worked for San Francisco Girls Chorus for three years, appearing as a conductor numerous times at Davies Symphony Hall, before beginning her graduate studies at the University of Washington. While pursuing her graduate degree, Ms. Turman worked as a children’s choral conductor for Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir and Bellevue Youth Choir. She will be finishing her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington this spring under the tutelage of Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers. Ms. Turman is a fervent advocate of the relevance of children’s choral music and in 2021 was published in the American Choral Directors Association’s Choral Journal with an article titled, “Children’s Choral Repertoire with Highlighted Pedagogical Elements.”