choral Programs


for June 2022!

choral institute

Wednesday, June 22 - Saturday, June 25, 2022

The Choral Institute is a beloved tradition at the Green Lake Festival of Music and welcomes anyone who loves to sing! This festival chorus performs a variety of pieces from throughout the choral repertory. This year’s theme is “Heavenly Music,” and the repertoire includes not only Schubert’s lovely Mass in G to be performed with professional soloists and orchestra, but also music that contemplates humanity’s place within the cosmos. The Choral Institute will perform Elaine Hagenberg’s The Music of Stillness and spend time with her in rehearsal.

John C. Hughes

Director of Choral Programs & Conductor

John C. Hughes, D.M.A. enjoys a multifaceted career as a professional conductor based in Chicago. He is the Music Director of Chicago Master Singers (CMS), one of the most acclaimed choruses in the Chicago metro area. He is also the Director of Choral Programs at the Green Lake Festival of Music, where he conducts the Choral Institute and is the founding conductor of the Composer Residency. Since the Residency’s inception in 2018, he has collaborated with Ola Gjeilo, Shawn Kirchner, Elaine Hagenberg, and Morten Lauridsen.

Accompanying his busy performance schedule, Hughes is passionate about choral literature and scholarship. His research interests include Lutheran music before 1600 and trends in contemporary choral composition. His peer-reviewed, book-length modern edition of Leonhard Lechner’s Passion setting (1593) with critical commentary will be published in the coming months. He has also authored peer-reviewed articles in the Choral Journal, The Choral Scholar, and The Diapason, as well as numerous reviews of choral music, books, and recordings.

Hughes is actively involved in many professional organizations. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Score Reviews for The Choral Scholar and is a national board member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. For several years, he hosted Choir Chat, a weekly podcast of interviews with conductors and composers.

Prior to joining CMS in 2020, Hughes taught at Ripon College in Wisconsin, where he served as Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Music Department. His previous experience is as a K-12 music teacher and church musician.

Hughes earned his undergraduate degree from Augustana College, M.M. from Northern Illinois University, and D.M.A. from the University of Iowa. He is grateful to his teachers Timothy Stalter, Eric Johnson, Jon Hurty, and Michael Zemek.

For more information, please visit his website: 


Thursday, June 23 – Sunday, June 26, 2022

Each year, the Composer Residency collaborates closely with and performs exclusively music by the GLFM’s Composer-in-Residence. In 2022, we are excited to welcome Elaine Hagenberg as our featured composer! The Composer Residency will perform audience favorites like Through Love to Light and newer works such as Deep Peace and Alleluia. This year’s Composer Residency will also give the world premieres of two new pieces, including one commissioned by the GLFM especially for this occasion. 

The Composer Residency is a select chamber choir that works at a high artistic level. Participants are expected to have advanced reading and vocal skills, and a screening recording is required for participation. Submission procedures can be found here and are due by March 15, 2022.

Elaine Hagenberg

Green Lake Festival of Music’s
Composer-in-Residence for 2022

Elaine Hagenberg’s music “soars with eloquence and ingenuity” (ACDA Choral Journal). Her award-winning compositions are performed worldwide and frequently featured at American Choral Directors Association conferences, All-State festivals, Carnegie Hall, and other distinguished international concert halls from Australia to South America and throughout Europe.

In addition to composing full-time, Elaine actively engages in bringing her music to life as the guest artist and featured clinician for professional conferences and festivals both in the U.S. and abroad as a composer, conductor, and accompanist of her work.

With over fifty commissioned works, she has composed new music for the American Choral Directors Association, professional choirs, colleges and universities, community choirs, high schools, and churches. “I Am the Wind” was named the winner of the 2020 ACDA Brock Competition for Professional Composers.

Elaine has music in print with various publishers including Oxford University Press, G. Schirmer, Hinshaw Music, and Beckenhorst Press. Currently, she publishes her concert music independently through Elaine Hagenberg Music which is distributed through GIA.

Enrichment sessions

Enrichment sessions are open to participants in both programs. Presenter Kyle Sackett will present on Alexander Technique for vocalists and healthy straight tone singing. 

preliminary schedule

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Friday, June 24, 2022

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Sunday, June 26, 2022