Evelyn Troester Degraf

Director of Collegium Musicum

Dr. Evelyn Troester DeGraf is the choral director and cantor at Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, as well as the founder and artistic director of the internationally-acclaimed chamber choir GHOSTLIGHT, an ensemble she guided to prize-winning performances at the 2015 International Chamber Choir competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany. A versatile musician, conductor, and music educator, Dr. DeGraf’s career ranges from mezzo-soprano engagements at Lincoln Center to leading international masterclasses on choral improvisation, to conducting choruses for rock legends The Rolling Stones at Barclays, Prudential, and Verizon Centers. She received her Masters degree with a dual concentration in vocal performance and music education from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, and earned the degree of Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) at Columbia University’s Teachers College with her dissertation entitled "Rituals of Leadership: The Pre-Performance Practices of Renowned Choral Conductors."