Judith Herrington is the Founder and Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed Tacoma Youth Chorus, a choral education program serving young people in the south Puget Sound region of Washington since 1991. She conducts the Treble Choir, Chorale and Chamber Choir. The chorus is recognized throughout the Northwest-Puget Sound area for their performance of outstanding music literature, superb musicianship and collaborations with professional performing organizations.
Under Ms. Herrington’s direction, the Chorus has performed for National Orff-Schulwerk Conventions, Northwest MENC convention and the Northwest ACDA conventions. The Chorus has performed internationally as well, with cathedral tours in Canada, Germany, France, Eastern Europe and in Britain, Wales, and Ireland.
Recently retired from 44 years of teaching and conducting at Charles Wright Academy and she was the recipient of the Inspirational Faculty Award and Murray Foundation Chair for Teaching Excellence. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Ms. Herrington earned her Master of Education degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has furthered her conducting studies through master classes with Rodney Eichenberger and Henry Leck. She has served on the Washington American Choral Directors Association Board as R&S Chair for Children’s Choirs, President and Past-President of the Board and is the 2011 recipient of its Leadership and Service Award. She is an inaugural member of the School of Arts and Communication Advisory Board at Pacific Lutheran University. Ms. Herrington is highly regarded as a guest conductor, workshop and choral clinician. Most recently, Ms. Herrington has conducted all-state and regional honor choirs and festivals in Idaho, Texas, Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, Montana, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Alaska, Tennessee, South Dakota, Bangkok and Tokyo. She served as visiting faculty for pacific Lutheran University, University of Puget Sound and VanderCook College of Music.
A noted composer and arranger, she has published choral compositions, arrangements and co-authored choral teaching texts through Pavane Publishing, Hal Leonard Publishing, and Colla Voce Publishing. She also edits a choral series for Pavane Publishing.