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Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.2241
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  • Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah, Director of Choral Activities
    Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah, Director of Choral Activities
    Professor of Choral Activities
    Phone: (509)359-2330
    Fax: (509)359-7028

    Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah is currently Professor of Music serving as Director of Choral Activities at Eastern Washington University, and Artistic Director of the Spokane Area Youth Choirs (formerly the Spokane Area Children's Chorus). Previously in Spokane, Kristina taught Choral Methods at Gonzaga University and observed student teachers for Whitworth College as well as teaching Middle School Choir at St. George's School and High School Choir at West Valley High School in the Spokane Valley. Before moving to the Spokane area, she taught at Everett High School, Ephrata High School, and AC Davis High School.

    A member of ACDA, NAfME, and WMEA, Kristina has served on the WA ACDA Board in the multi-cultural, children's chorus, university and jazz R&S positions. She has presented numerous times for state and all-northwest MENC/WMEA conventions as well as seven WA-ACDA Summer Institutes. Directing Honor Groups and All-State Choirs in Washington, Oregon and Kentucky has given her the chance to work with a wonderful array of choristers and directors.

    She has earned degrees from Edmonds CC, CWU, and EWU; and is currently completing a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky where she studied with Dr. Jefferson Johnson and Dr. Lori R. Hetzel. In 2005, Kristina was awarded the "Arts in Education Award" by the Spokane Arts Commission of the City of Spokane. In 2009, she was awarded Spokane's "YWCA Woman of Achievement in Arts and Culture Award." And, in 2010 the Spokane Area Children's Chorus, directed by Kristina, won the "Arts Organization Award" from the Spokane Arts Commission.

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