About Us

Judy Sagen, Director

Judy Sagen retired from School District 196 of Rosemount, Apple Valley, and Eagan Minnesota in the spring of 2011, after teaching choral music in the district for 37 years. Her most recent position was Directorof Choral Activities at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN.  She received her undergraduatedegrees in Music Educationand Piano Performance from Drake University, and her Master's Degree from the University of Minnesota.

While teaching in District 196, Judy's Concert Choirs and Women'sChoirs were featured performers at both the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Minnesota Music EducationAssociation(MMEA). She has served as MN-ACDAPresident, R&S Chair for Women's Choirs, Metro-East Chair, and has been a presenter at many state conventions. She also held the position of MMEA's Vocal Vice-President and was in charge of All State Choirs. In the summer of 2002, she worked as co-head coordinator of all volunteers for the World Choral Symposium.

Judy is actively involved as a clinician an adjudicator around the tri-state area. She is recognized in Who's Who of American Teachers, and Who's Who of American Women, and was the recipient of The Christopher Randall Award given to an outstanding teacher in District 196. She was named the 2003-04 MinnesotaChoral Directorof the Year by the MN American Choral Director's Association, and the 2009 MN Music Educatorof the Year by the :Minnesota Music Education Association. In the spring of 2011, Judy receivedthe District 196 Outstanding Service Award recognizing her 37 years of excellence in teaching. In February of 2013 she was selectedto conductthe Minnesota ACDA State 9-10 Honor Choir, and in April of 2013, she was the recipient of the South Suburban Service Award for her dedication and service to the South SuburbanConference.  In March 2016, Judy received the Rosemount High School Legacy Award, recognizing her contributions and service to the Rosemount Community.

Since retirement,Judy continues to keep herself busy! She worked part time in music education at the University of Minnesotaduring the 2011-12 school year serving as an Instructional Artist in Residence, and continuesto work with choral groups, assist with musical productions, and accompany vocalists and choirs throughout the Twin Cities. During the spring of 2013, she was the interim conductor of the choral group, Singers in Accord where she preparedthe choir in authentic Hebraic Choral Music for guest conductor, Dr.Joshua Jacobson fromBoston for their spring concerts at the Jewish Community Center in Minneapolis. She was also a guest conductor for the St. Paul Public School Honor Choir Concert at the Ordway Theater.  In the fall of 2015, Judy directed three college choirs at the University of St. Thomas, where she was sabbatical replacement for Dr. Angela Broeker.   She also volunteers her time to work with the senior choir, The Torah Tones, at Mt. Zion Temple in St. Paul.

Judy is married to Michael Atherton and they have two children, Brent Atherton (wife Stacy)  and Amy Jo Churner, (husband David Cherner.)  Judy and Mike adore being grandparents to their grandsons, Eli and Avi. "Sam" the dog also holds a special place in the hearts of the entire family!

 

Welcome to the fifth season of the new Minnesota Valley Women's Chorale! Under the baton of artistic director, Judy Sagen, a variety of all styles of music will be performed with the ultimate goal being the enjoyment of singing! Judy has been recognized as one of the leading choral directors in Minnesota and has received the honor of Music Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) and Choral Director of the year by the Minnesota American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).