Olga Artemova Spriggs
Choral Conducting + '49er Chorus
Olga Artemova Spriggs holds Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance and a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. For her doctoral degree (DMA) in Choral Conducting, she attended the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (ABD). Ms. Spriggs most recently directed the University of Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, a 60-voice male ensemble comprised of students from UC’s fifteen colleges. Additionally, she was the Assistant Director of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, a professional singer with Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble and cantor at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Prior to her residence at CCM, Ms. Spriggs directed the CSULB Men's Chorus and was the assistant conductor and Russian Diction Coach for the CSULB Chamber Choir. She was Assistant Conductor of the Camerata Singers of Long Beach and taught private lessons in piano and voice while also working as an elementary music education teacher in the Centralia School District in Buena Park, CA. She worked as a church pianist, organist and cantor at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Santa Ana and St. Mary’s by the Sea Catholic Church in Huntington Beach.
Ms. Spriggs has conducted choirs on tour both in the US and internationally and has prepared choirs for performances with the Long Beach Symphony, Cincinnati Pops and CCM Orchestras. Her mentors include Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Jonathan Talberg, Alina Artemova, Annunziata Tomaro, Elmer Thomas, and Valentina A. Bogdunovskaya. She has had the privilege of working with renowned conductors such as Mark Gibson, Duain Wolfe, Patrick Quigley, Craig Hella Johnson, Rob Istad, Charlene Archibeque, Donald Nally, Jon Washburn, Rollo Dilworth, Leonard Ratzlaff and Robyn Lana.
She studied voice with Elisabeth Pehlivanian and piano with Leonid Levitsky. She is thrilled to be back in Southern California and part of the BCCM family.