Alfred E. Sturgis

Music Director

Alfred E. Sturgis is a highly sought after conductor whose versatility and extensive background allow him to journey comfortably into a wide variety of musical experiences. He currently serves as Music Director of the North Carolina Master Chorale, the Carolina Ballet and the Tar River Orchestra. Known for being a strong collaborative artist, Sturgis has also enjoyed a great deal of experience in Opera and Musical Theatre.

Sturgis has served as Guest Conductor for the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Carolina Chamber Orchestra, Raleigh Civic Symphony, National Opera Company, Capital Opera, Long Leaf Opera, and North Carolina Theatre. He has conducted orchestral and opera performances overseas in France, Bulgaria, and China. Early in his career he performed a number of roles in musical theatre, opera, and oratorio, in addition to touring and recording in Southern France with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers.

Under his skilled artistic leadership the Master Chorale has made appearances at state and regional conferences of the American Choral Director’s Association, recorded three Christmas CDs, and several television broadcasts on WRAL and UNC-TV. They have also been involved in numerous successful collaborations with the Carolina Ballet and the North Carolina Symphony. In recognition of his dynamic musical leadership, Sturgis was awarded the 1996 Raleigh Medal of Arts.




Susan McClaskey Lohr is a native of Kentucky where she began piano studies at age seven and soon discovered a passion for accompanying. She received degrees in Choral Music Education and Piano Performance at the University of Kentucky.

Susan was a staff accompanist at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, MI and served on the piano faculty of Meredith College. She has collaborated with such musical luminaries as conductors Robert Shaw and Robert DeCormier and soprano Gwendolyn Bradley of the Metropolitan Opera.

Susan became the accompanist for the North Carolina Master Chorale in 2002 and since that time has participated in the preparation and performance of dozens of choral masterworks. Highlights of her stint with NCMC include duo piano performances of Carolina Ballet’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Liebeslieder and Neue Liebeslieder Walzerwith the Chamber Choir, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces.

In 2009, she was a featured soloist with the Tar River Orchestra in a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. In 2014, she was featured in the Master Chorale’s performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. 

Susan is pianist at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh, is a staff accompanist at Campbell University and maintains an active schedule as a freelance artist.