Associate Professor/Department Chair, Music
DMA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
MM, Westminster Choir College
Therese Fassnacht is an active choral conductor and clinician. She is Assistant Professor of Music at the Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, where she conducts the Mount Chorus & Singers, teaches voice, aural skills, and music survey courses.
Fassnacht completed her Masters studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and her DMA in choral conducting and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has studied conducting and choral music with conductors Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew Megill, Chester Alwes, Fred Stoltzfus, Donald Schleicher, and Eduardo Diazmunoz. She spent two summers in Coaraze, France with Joel Coen and Anne Azéma of the Boston Camerata learning the performance practice of medieval vocal music.
She has performed as conductor, soloist, and chorister on both national and international stages. Her research interests include Latin American choral music. Fassnacht is preparing a critical edition of “Two Requiem Settings by Manuel de Sumaya.” She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, International Federation of Choral Music, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the College Music Society.