Christine Hestwood is a Pittsburgh-based conductor, educator and singer. She recently retired after 32 years of teaching, with 27 of those years in the Upper St. Clair School District. During her tenure at Upper St. Clair, she served as the High School Choir Director, Performing Arts Curriculum Leader, Elementary General Music Specialist, and Orchestra Director,  grades 5-12. Christine is the Director of Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, where she oversees a thriving music program.  In January of 2023 she had the privilege of guest conducting the District 1 Chorus Festival. Ms. Hestwood is the conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Hamlisch-Page Student Choir, which performs yearly on a Pops concert.  Previously, she enjoyed a long tenure with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, serving as the assistant conductor and the Music Director of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. She was a founding member of the soprano section of Seraphic Singers, a 12-voice professional women's chorus. Christine earned degrees from Duquesne University (B.S. in voice and music education) and Carnegie Mellon University (M.M. in conducting), where she studied with Robert Page.  She recently studied with Simon Carrington at the Sarteano Choral Conducting Worship.  


  • M.M., Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.S., Duquesne University

Areas of Expertise

  • Choral Conducting
  • Orchestral Conducting
  • Music Education

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