If the life of a choral conductor doesn't sound very exciting, then you probably haven't met Dr. Erin Colwitz. An assistant professor in the Department of Music at UAH, Dr. Colwitz has traveled the world as part of her job.
Last year, for example, she went to South Africa to study Protestant church music in the post-apartheid era. And last month, she and her husband, retired conductor William Dehning, flew to Bangkok, Thailand, to headline the Chulalongkorn University Choral Festival.
"The nice thing about UAH, unlike other tier one research universities, is that they allow music faculty to have creative activities count toward research," says Dr. Colwitz. "And guest conducting, teaching clinics, and adjudicating competitions, especially international ones, is good for our dossier."