Hughes, J. Edmund

J. Edmund Hughes (b. 1947) is an Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Puget Sound. He retired from the music faculty of Chandler-Gilbert Community College in August 2011, after a 40-year teaching career. While at CGCC, he taught choir, music theory, conducting, and organized two on-campus choral festivals per year. His choirs from Tucson High School, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (Tucson), Phoenix College, and Chandler-Gilbert Community College were honored by performances at conventions sponsored by the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC), and the Arizona Music Educator’s Association (AMEA). In 2002 he received the Arizona Outstanding Choral Educator Award by ACDA, and in 2005 he was honored as the Arizona Music Educator of the Year by AMEA. He recently received the first Lifetime Achievement Award granted by the University of Arizona Choral Music Department (December 2011) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from AMEA/ChoDA (February 2012). Dr. Hughes is a past President of Arizona ACDA (serving two separate terms) and has served AMEA in numerous capacities. He frequently adjudicates choral festivals and directs honor choirs throughout the West. He received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees from the University of Arizona with doctoral studies at the University of Southern California. Ed currently lives in Gig Harbor, Washington, with his wife, Carole.