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Jon Hurty

Jon Hurty

Henry Veld Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, Augustana Choir, Conducting

Jon Hurty is Director of Choral Activities and Henry Veld Professor in Music at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He directs the Augustana Choir, the Augustana Chamber Singers, serves as the conductor of the Handel Oratorio Society and teaches conducting. He is also Co-director of Music for Augustana Campus Ministries and is the Conductor and Artistic Director of Augustana Choral Artists. Before coming to Rock Island he was Director of Choral Activities at Concordia University in Irvine, California. 

Active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad, he has served in this capacity in All State, State and Regional festivals of the American Choral Directors Association, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, National Association for Music Education, and many colleges and high schools. Other professional activities have included conducting the Tian Kong Choir and serving as Guest Professor at Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan, China as well as guest conducting on the Quad City Symphony Orchestra subscription series. He has conducted his choirs in concerts throughout the United States as well as Austria, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Spain, and Sweden.

He completed his undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, where he graduated summa cum laude, his master’s degree in Choral Conducting from California State University, Northridge, and his doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. He has studied conducting with John Alexander, Don Moses, Chet Alwes and Ann Howard Jones. Throughout his career, Hurty has had an interest in developing and refining his skills as a conductor and has studied conducting in workshops with Paul Christiansen, Robert Shaw and Helmut Rilling as well as singing under many conductors including Christopher Hogwood, Sir Charles Groves, and Roger Wagner.

Specializations: Choral music, Campus Ministries


  • B.A., Bethany College
  • M.A., California State - Northridge
  • D.M.A., University of Illinois