Arlie Langager has an extensive and varied background in choral and vocal music.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in vocal performance, Dr. Langager maintained a full voice studio in the Conservatory of Music at the University of Lethbridge. She later completed graduate course work at the University of Calgary in voice performance and pedagogy with special focus on the Kodaly method for teachers. Following further studies, she earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting and joined the faculty at the U of C where she enjoyed conducting the Chamber Choir and the 100-voice University Chorus. She also taught courses in secondary choral music education, classroom music courses, and supervised student teachers at both levels. For nearly a decade she directed the U of C vocal jazz program, during which time the vocal jazz choir grew into two fully-voiced a cappella ensembles that toured, recorded, and performed frequently. Dr. Langager completed her doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin as a Phi Kappa Phi scholar before moving to southern California in 2008.
Dr. Langager has conducted a number of high school and college choirs. As director with the Youth Singers of Calgary, she toured her 80-voice high-school age choirs to the Bahamas, New York, Australia and New Zealand. She served as fulltime Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys Choir organization, and toured across Canada and the United States with the boys and changed-voices choirs. As Conductor of the Mount Royal University Youth Choir, she toured locally and on a major tour through Mexico City, Guanajuato, and Guadalajara. Under her direction, her groups earned a reputation for prized choral singing in music festivals and on international tours.
Dr. Langager also teaches at MiraCosta College where she conducts the choirs, teaches voice, and is Music Department Chair. In addition to adjudicating choral and vocal festivals, Dr. Langager actively gives back to the arts community. She serves on the boards of the California Choral Directors Association board and the Musical Merit Foundation, where she coordinates annual scholarship auditions totaling more than $100,000 each year.