Directors/Pianist


Director Dr. David Judisch

Dr. David Judisch, the director of Luren Singers since 1975, also serves as Director-in-Chief for the Norwegian Singers Association of America, a post he has held since 1984.

He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa, and is Professor Emeritus of Music at Luther College where he was Professor of Music, Head of Voice and Opera, and Director of the Dorian Summer Music Camps.

Dr. Judisch was recently decorated with the St. Olaf Medal by Norway’s King, His Majesty, King Harald V. Read More…

Luren is truly blessed to have a director the caliber of Dr. Judisch. His good humor and infinite patience along with his exceptional directing ability make singing with Luren a most pleasant experience.

 


Assistant Director Douglas Poppen

Doug Poppen retired in 2018 after 35 years of teaching vocal music, the first three at Sigourney and the remainder in West Union at North Fayette Valley Community Schools. He continues to lead the West Union Community Chorus in their annual presentation of Handel’s “Messiah,” now in its 78th year. Doug sings in the Zion Lutheran Church choir and the Decorah Chorale. He earned a BME degree from Wartburg College, an MA from the University of Iowa, and did graduate work at Northwestern University.

Doug’s wife Leslie also recently retired after 35 years of teaching vocal music. They delight in their two children, Sam (a Master’s student at Pacific Lutheran University) and Lily (a second year student at Bowdoin college in Brunswick, Maine.)

Doug is an avid Chicago Cubs fan. One of his life-long dreams was realized when the Cubs won the World Series just moments before his birthday in 2016!

 


Pianist Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul, a native of Chicago, holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with pianist and vocal coach Laurence Davis. Ms. Paul went on to the University of Illinois as a student of John Wustman, eventually earning the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in vocal coaching and accompanying. She is frequently engaged as a collaborative pianist and guest clinician, and she has worked with such opera companies as the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre of Illinois, National Opera Company, Cleveland Opera Theatre, Virginia Opera Association, Lake George Opera Festival, Cedar Rapids Opera, and Pine Mountain Music Festival. She is the former Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Dorian Opera Theatre and most recently served as Professor of Music at Luther College as vocal coach, collaborative pianist, and teacher of accompanying. On-going research projects include the study of art song of Lithuania and the vocal works of women composers, specifically twentieth century American composers