Dr. J. Edmund Hughes [b. 1947] was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Puget Sound (WA), where he directed Chorale. He retired in 2021 after a 50-year teaching career. His prior position was at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ). While at CGCC, he taught choir, music theory, aural perception, conducting, and organized two on-campus choral festivals per year. From 1990 – 2011, he was the Director of Music at Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa. Earlier teaching positions were at Phoenix College, Tucson Unified School District and at California State University-Fresno.
His choirs from Tucson High School, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (Tucson), Phoenix College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College have had the distinction of performing at ACDA, MENC and AMEA conventions at the state and regional levels. He has also presented lectures and demonstrations on special interest topics at ACDA and AMEA conventions. In 2002 he received the Arizona Outstanding Choral Educator Award by ACDA, and in 2005 was honored as the Arizona Music Educator of the Year by AMEA. In 2011 he received the first Lifetime Achievement Award granted by the University of Arizona Choral Music Department and the Lifetime Achievement Award from AMEA-ACE. In April, 2017 he directed “Requiem” by John Rutter, in his Carnegie Hall debut.
Ed is a past President of Arizona ACDA (serving 3 separate terms) and has served AMEA in numerous capacities, including ChoDA (ACE) President, Regional Governor and Choral Chairman. He frequently adjudicates choral festivals and directs honor choirs throughout the West. Dr. Hughes has over 40 choral compositions in print, which are published with Santa Barbara Music Publishing Co., Walton Music, Pavane Music, and Colla Voce Music, Inc. He received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate Degrees from the University of Arizona which included doctoral studies at the University of Southern California. He currently lives in Eugene, OR with his wife, Carole and dog, Bailey. His hobbies are jogging, weightlifting, biking and in 2010 he completed his 6th half marathon.