Boerger received her formative musical training from pianist Annie
Sherter and holds the doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature
from the University of Illinois. She has directed independent choirs in
Urbana-Champaign and New York City, public school choirs in Wisconsin
and Illinois, and choral programs at Carroll University and the University of Illinois School of Music. She is currently Professor of Music and
Director of Choral Activities at the DePauw School of Music, where her
Chamber Singers have performed by invitation at the White House and
appeared in concert with New York's progressive string quartet ETHEL.
She has appeared as guest conductor at the invitation of The Madison Early Music Festival, the
New York Summer Music Festival, the Chicago Children's Choirs, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival,
the University of Illinois Chamber Singers, the Schola Cantorum
of Syracuse, the Christopher
Caines Dance Company, Alarm Will Sound, and Chanticleer. She has also
served as guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician at festivals and
conferences in several U.S. cities, in Quebec City, and in Mar del
Plata, Argentina. She concertizes regularly as a
soprano with the Manhattan-based, Renaissance ensemble Pomerium, also touring with
the Rose Ensemble of St. Paul. Boerger's self-published choral arrangements
are performed widely, and her settings of poetry by Sarah White --
"Ballade with Christine de Pisan," "Song from Cymbeline,"
and "The Silver Buckle on Mozart's Shoe" -- are currently available at Boosey
Her most recent composition, an SSATBB setting of Yates' "The Second
Coming," was commissioned by The X24 chamber choir, based in York,
England, which premiere she prepared and conducted at the University of
York in February of 2015.
Based in New York City from 2000 through 2009, Dr.
Boerger divided her professional activities among her three principal
loves: choral directing, singing, and academic teaching.
Dr. Boerger served nine years as Artistic Director of the
Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, one of New York's most highly
regarded volunteer choirs. With this group she commissioned works by
several New York composers, performed at the 2006 Eastern divisional
convention of the American Choral Directors Association, collaborated
with the Christopher Caines Dance Company, and recorded on John Zorn's
Tzadik. Also in New York, she served three
seasons as Music Director of
AMUSE and two seasons conducting the Collegiate Chorale. All three groups under her direction received critical acclaim in the New York Times,
whether performing early music, contemporary chamber
works, Baroque opera, or nineteenth-century symphonic choral
As a New-York-based singer in a variety of styles, Boerger toured, recorded, and
coached for nine years as a member of the Western Wind sextet; from her current Midwestern base, she continues in her 16th year also concertizing regularly with
and the Vox Vocal Ensemble. Other recording credits include projects with Bobby McFerrin,
Early Music New York, Rocky Maffit,
and Pan Morigan.
She has enjoyed guest appearances with The King's
Noyse, the Tallis Scholars, and Urban Bush Women.
In the 2006 and 2009 seasons at the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Harvey Theater, she appeared in the critically acclaimed runs of Sir
Jonathan Miller's semi-staged production of J.S. Bach's Saint Matthew
Throughout her years in New York, Dr. Boerger lectured in music history
at Barnard College,
also advising music majors
and mentoring senior research theses. From 2005 through 2009, she was the
instructor of the undergraduate and graduate courses in choral
conducting at the
Manhattan School of Music. She also co-taught a summer
graduate course at Columbia University comparing oral and written
musical and literary forms as consolidators of cultural identity. Dr.
Boerger has been invited to speak on the topic of her dissertation,
Whose Music Is it, Anyway? Black Vocal Ensemble
Traditions and the Feminist Choral Movement: Performance Practice as
Politics. This study explores racial and gender identity
construction through choral performance and examines the effects of
racism on White and Black performers' beliefs about authenticity,
ownership, and theft of oral-tradition materials.
Boerger's work as Founding Director (1990-1999) of AMASONG:
Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus is the subject of
Jay Rosenstein's acclaimed documentary, The AMASONG
Chorus: Singing Out, produced with grants from the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Independent Television
Service. The film has toured festivals worldwide and enjoyed repeated
local PBS broadcasts since its national broadcast debut in June of
2004. With AMASONG, Boerger directed and produced two award-winning
recordings (Over Here the Water is Sweet, 1998 GLAMA
for Best Choral Performance; and Amai, 2000 GLAMAs
for Best Classical Composition and Best Choral Performance), performed
at several national venues, and toured the Czech Republic.
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