B.S. in Vocal Music Education - Kansas State University
M.M. in Choral Conducting - Arizona State University
Professional Associations: American Choral Directions Association (ACDA) - having also served as both Central Division of ACDA and State of Illinois Women’s Repertoire and Standards Chair; National Association for Music Eduation (NAfME)
Beth Holmes currently serves on the Millikin University choral staff conducting the Millikin Women and the voice faculty teaching private voice. A choir of 65 select voices, the Millikin Women involve students of every major. They tour regionally, often host or participate in an annual women’s choral festival and participate with the Millikin Union of Choirs in the annual Vespers at Millikin as well as in major choral/orchestral works. They also enjoy taking an annual spring tour in the region.
Beth is an active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, having conducted District, All-State and ACDA Convention Honor Choirs throughout the Midwest. Recent engagements include the ACDA North Central Division Collegiate Women’s Honor Choir (Minnesota), Next Directions Choral Conference (Wisconsin) and All State choirs in Kentucky, Alabama and Wisconsin. In both 2016 & 2017 she conducted The National Festival Chorus in Carnegie Hall, New York City. Recent clinician opportunities include presenting headliner sessions on vocal techniques, choral methodologies and repertoire for summer music teacher conferences at the Tennessee State ACDA Conference (Tennessee) and Hillsdale Barney Charter Initiative Conference (Michigan.)
Often asked to clinic in choral settings, Beth also gives workshops in vocal techniques and voice building at choral conventions and music conferences. Recent opportunities have included a workshop with the Glen Ellen-Wheaton Community Choir in Wheaton, IL and teaching daily sessions and masterclasses at Montreat Conference on Music and Worship in North Carolina.
In addition to her collegiate responsibilities, Beth was the Artistic and Musical Director of the Millikin University Children & Youth Choir Program for 7 years. In this role she conducted the Concert Youth Chorale and coordinated a tiered structure of four choirs, six staff/conductors and a system of student interns from the Millikin School of Music. She enjoys working with talented singers and teachers to create moments of musical excellence.