Meet our Staff

Laura Deming, Festival Director

Laura is Founder and Artistic Director Emerita of the Pine Mountain Music Festival and a cellist with Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has been the Festival Director of the Green Lake Festival of Music since the fall of 2014.

During sabbatical years she has played Principal Cello with Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, conducted the Northern Michigan University Orchestra and Upper Peninsula Youth Orchestra, served as the first Artistic and Executive Director of the PMMF and conducted the ensembles at Cardinal Stritch University where she was the founding cellist of the Clarus Piano Trio with pianist, Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak, Music Dept. Chair, and Timothy Klabunde, violinist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Laura graduated from Northwestern University and did post-graduate work at the International Cello Centre in Scotland, studying with Jane Cowan. She has performed chamber music throughout the Midwest and at the Sanibel Festival in FL and was delighted to collaborate with the Bergonzi String Quartet in Schubert’s C Major String Quintet. Laura performed in the piano trio for Second City Guide to the Opera, a collaboration between Lyric Opera of Chicago and Second City.

Dr. John C. Hughes, Composer Residency Director, Executive & Artistic Director Designate

John C. Hughes is assistant professor of music, director of choral activities, and chair of the Department of Music at Ripon College in Wisconsin. There, he conducts the college’s choirs and teaches conducting and choral methods. Additionally, Hughes was recently appointed Executive and Artistic Director Designate of the Green Lake Festival of Music and will begin his leadership role in October 2019. Within the Green Lake Festival, he conducts the Composer Residency, through which he has worked with Ola Gjeilo (2018) and Shawn Kirchner (2019). Outside of Ripon College and the Green Lake Festival of Music, he is in demand as a clinician and honor choir conductor.

Accompanying his busy performance schedule, Hughes is passionate about choral literature and scholarship, specializing in Lutheran music before 1600 and trends in contemporary choral composition. His book-length modern edition of Leonard Lechner’s Passion setting (1593) will be published in early 2020. He has also authored peer-reviewed articles in the Choral Journal and The Choral Scholar, as well as numerous reviews of choral music, books, and recordings. For several years, he hosted Choir Chat, a weekly podcast of interviews with conductors and composers that ended after 129 episodes.

Hughes is active in many professional organizations. He serves as associate editor of score reviews for The Choral Scholar and the repertoire and resources state chair for the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. He is a national board member of and the Wisconsin state representative for the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

Hughes earned his undergraduate degree from Augustana College (IL), M.M. from Northern Illinois University, and D.M.A. from The University of Iowa.

Anne Long, Administrative Assistant

Anne Long is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and worked the past 15 years in the promotional products industry as marketing coordinator and marketing manager.

Anne lives in Oshkosh with her husband Dan, and their two cats, Minnie and Charlie.