Student Teaching Supervisor
Linda DeRungs was the director of choral music at New Albany High School in Indiana for 33 years of her 40-year teaching career, where she served as fine arts department chair, directed several choirs, and taught handbells, music theory and piano lab. Her love of Gilbert and Sullivan led her to enlist her large advanced choir as the cast for 6 different fully-staged Gilbert and Sullivan operettas where she was producer, vocal director, pit orchestra conductor, costume and set designer, and choreographer. She was the musical director for over 70 theater department musicals, and 8 of these shows were main-stage productions at the International Thespian Summer Conference. Her choirs performed with the Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Ballet, Kentucky Opera and The Dallas Brass.
Since 1991 Linda has been the soprano soloist with the internationally-known Ars Femina Ensemble, a professional Baroque chamber group that researches, performs, publishes and records music by women composers before 1800. She appears on six of Ars Femina’s recordings.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she studied with Dr. Eph Ehly.
Ms. DeRungs was the 1999 New Albany High School Teacher of the Year, a recipient of a year 2000 Lilly Creativity Fellowship, the 2006 Arts Council of Southern Indiana Arts Educator of the Year, and she was inducted into the New Albany High School Hall of Fame in 2017.
She is a frequent guest conductor for choral/orchestral performances and festivals, including five appearances as a Circle the State with Song conductor. Ms. DeRungs served on the ICDA Board of Directors as the Area VIII Representative for 12 years, and she was the Area 8B Indiana All-State Honor Choir chair from 1992-2013. Ms. DeRungs is a life-long member of the American Choral Directors Association. She is married to retired University of Louisville professor William Thompson, author of the public relations textbook Targeting the Message.