Kent Hatteberg is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Louisville, where he directs the Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers, administrates the master's program in choral conducting, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, choral literature, and choral techniques. He has previously taught at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, IA, and Solon Jr.-Sr. High in Solon, IA.
Dr. Hatteberg earned the Bachelor of Music degree in piano and voice summa cum laude from the University of Dubuque and the master's and D.M.A. degrees in choral conducting from The University of Iowa, where he studied with Don V Moses and directed the Old Gold Singers. Named a Fulbright Scholar in 1990, Dr. Hatteberg pursued research on the early works of Felix Mendelssohn and studied conducting and choral-orchestral literature in Berlin with Uwe Gronostay, conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Choir and Professor for Conducting at the Hochschule der Künste. His doctoral thesis contains urtext editions of Mendelssohn's Gloria and Große Festmusik zum Dürerfest, two previously unpublished choral/orchestral works. He conducted the world premiere of Mendelssohn's Gloria in 1997. Breitkopf und Härtel purchased his edition of the Festmusik for the first modern performance of the work in Berlin in November 2000.
Dr. Hatteberg has recently served as a guest conductor, adjudicator, or lecturer in the Philippines, Korea, China, Korea, Poland, Spain, Austria, Hungary, and the U.S. He was a guest conductor with the Nederlands Kamerkoor in 1992 and 1993. He founded the semi-professional Louisville Chamber Choir in 2013. He conducts annual performances of Handel's Messiah with the Louisville Orchestra and Louisville Chamber Choir and regularly prepares choral ensembles for performances with the Louisville Orchestra. Dr. Hatteberg is co-director of the Kentucky Musicians Abroad, a program that affords Kentucky students the opportunity to perform and tour in Europe.
Under his direction, the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers and Collegiate Chorale have performed at numerous ACDA and NCCO conventions in the US and at international competitions, festivals, and symposiums in Germany, Korea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Cuba, Japan, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and South Africa.