Dr. Don Schade is an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Westminster College where he conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Westminster Voices, the Men’s and Women‘s Choirs, and teachers Choral Conducting and Choral Literature. He received his Ph.D in Music Education with a Choral Cognate and a M.M. in Choral Conducting from The Pennsylvania State University. He has two undergraduate degrees from Susquehanna University, one in Music Education/Voice and the other in Percussion Performance.
Dr. Schade has had considerable experience as a conductor and music educator at both the higher education and public school levels. His choirs have been chosen for performances numerous times at national and state conferences of NAfME, PMEA, and ACDA. Dr. Schade has been the choral conductor of the United States Music Ambassador Honors Performance Tour program since 1985. He has conducted in 22 concert tours of Europe where he has performed in many of the world’s most outstanding concert venues including St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster Abbey, Eli Cathedral, La Salle de Musique in La Chaux de Fonds, Neuchatel concert hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, Strasbourg Cathedral, and Cologne Cathedral among many others. He has also done 7 concert tours of the Hawaiian Islands and has a particular interest in authentic Polynesian music. Dr. Schade shares a professional relationship with the renowned King’s Singers, collaborating with them 4 times for events with his choirs. He has also been active as a festival guest conductor in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic areas of the United States.
Schade is an active member of the National Association of Music Education, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the International Federation of Choral Music, and the International Society for Music Education.