Scott Hochstetler, Music Director and Conductor

Scott Hochstetler, Music Director and Conductor

Scott Hochstetler, DMA, is Associate Professor of Music at Goshen College (IN), where he teaches in the choral, vocal and opera theater programs. Under his direction, the Goshen College Men’s Chorus performed to acclaim at the ACDA regional convention in March 2012. He is also the director of St. Joseph Valley Camerata, an area professional choir. Previous appointments include Western Mennonite School (OR), the University of Michigan – Flint, and Corban College (OR).

As a scholar, his work on Vaughan Williams has been published by The Choral Journal. He is the co-author of the IPA Pronunciation Guide to Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire: German Texts, published by earthsongs, with a second book on French and Italian diction forthcoming.

As a baritone, he has performed opera and oratorio roles and given recitals in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Oregon. Most recently, he performed as baritone soloist in Fauré’s Requiem with the Toledo Symphony under the baton of Vance George. His voice students have consistently placed highly in vocal competitions, including a winner of the 2011 Indiana NATS competition. Dr. Hochstetler holds a DMA in choral conducting from Michigan State University, a double MM in conducting and voice from the University of Michigan, and a BA in music and biology from Goshen College.

He has studied conducting with David Rayl, Sandra Snow, Jonathan Reed, Jerry Blackstone, Theodore Morrison and Kenneth Kiesler, and he has studied voice with Leslie Guinn, Stephen Lusmann and Doyle Preheim.

Dr. Hochstetler lives in Goshen, Indiana with his wife Rachel and two children, Leah and Aaron.

Christine Larson Seitz, Keyboard Artist

Christine Larson Seitz, Keyboard ArtistChristine Larson Seitz, piano, has been a sought-after recital accompanist in Michiana for several decades. She earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and a master’s in studio accompanying from Indiana University South Bend, studying under Robert Hamilton and John Owings. Christine joined Camerata Singers as pianist and assistant director in 1978, and since then no one else has ever accompanied a Camerata performance. Christine has been on the faculty at Bethel College, IUSB, and Goshen College. Christine was also the organist/pianist at First United Methodist Church in Mishawaka from 1987 till the summer of 2017. She is currently staff pianist at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, MI, playing for choirs, vocal students, and student and faculty recitals.

David A. Seitz, Music Director Emeritus

David A. Seitz, Music Director Emeritus, founded Camerata Singers of Elkhart (Indiana) in 1975 and served as music director through 2010. He holds a Master of Choral Conducting degree from Indiana University where he studied under Charles Webb, Fiora Contino, and Julius Herford. David's experience includes three years of college teaching and twenty-five years as a church music director. He recently retired from First United Methodist Church of Mishawaka, Indiana, after serving for eighteen years. His wife, Christine Larson Seitz, has been Camerata's keyboard artist since 1978.