Music Director


Dr. Evelyn Troester DeGraf is the conductor of the internationally acclaimed chamber choir GHOSTLIGHT ( and choir master at the German International School in White Plains. She is choir director emerita at Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Church in Brooklyn where she served for twelve years as conductor, cantor, voice teacher, as well as assistant organist.

Evelyn has also worked as adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University where she was the director of Collegium Musicum, and taught conducting and applied lessons in voice, piano, and guitar at Teachers College. She has been a guest lecturer, choral clinician, and master teacher for choirs and music organizations in both Germany and the US, including the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Teachers College Columbia University, the Audi Jugendchorfestival Ingolstadt, New York University, Brooklyn College, Nyack College, Rockport Choral Summit, World Scholar and Athlete Games, and the Spence School.

Evelyn’s career as a versatile musician, educator and researcher ranges from mezzo-soprano engagements at Lincoln Center to conducting choruses for The Rolling Stones at Barclays, Prudential, and Verizon Centers. She received her Master’s degree with a dual concentration in vocal performance and music education from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, and earned the degree of Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) at Columbia University’s Teachers College with her dissertation entitled "Rituals of Leadership: The Pre-Performance Practices of Renowned Choral Conductors.”