At the end of this academic year, Seattle University Choir Director Joy Sherman will retire after 27 years of service to the university. It should come as no surprise that after 27 years, Joy, more affectionately known as Doc, has had a lasting impact on alumni and students alike.
Megan (O'Connor) Cycyota, ’07, an alumna of Seattle University’s choir program had this to say, “As someone who has spent a lot of time around music growing up, Doc provided a fresh inspiration for me when I joined the Seattle University Choirs. She challenged us to be our best selves (musically and otherwise) and loved us through some of the more difficult times of our college years. Learning from her and singing with her choirs was one of the most joyful experiences of my time at Seattle University!”
Micaela Pearson, '12, shared, “I participated in choir for all four years of my undergrad experience, and now I’m back as an alum for the last couple of months, so needless to say, Doc and her choirs have been a defining part of my Seattle University experience. The mission of the Seattle University Choirs under Doc’s direction - tucked carefully into every student’s binder prepared with music and other essential class items - is to bring love into the world through choral music. This starts in rehearsals through the rapport between students and Doc, and is cultivated through necessary values of discipline, humor, care, and everlasting dedication and blossoms into fullness at our concerts. Doc leaves the Seattle University community with a legacy of music born of intense passion, vibrant curiosity and unwavering focus on excellence.”
Seattle University alumni and students will have the chance to say farewell to Joy and honor her contributions with a retirement celebration and concert during Reunion Weekend. Tickets for Reunion Weekend and the celebration are available here.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Seattle University Choir Reunion
St. Joseph’s Parish
To learn more about Joy Sherman and her tenure at Seattle University, read the Spectator’s reflection on her final year.