Beth Holmes joined the music faculty of Millikin University in 1991, and currently serves on the Millikin choral staff conducting the Millikin Women and teaching private voice. A choir of 90 select voices, the Millikin Women involve students of every major. They tour regionally, host their own 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.
Beth Holmes is an active guest conductor and adjudicator, having conducted District, All-State and ACDA Convention Honor Choirs throughout the Midwest. Recent conducting engagements include ACDA Honor Choirs for the Regional ACDA conference in Minneapolis and state ACDA conventions in Illinois, Florida, and Minnesota as well as All State choirs in Kentucky and Alabama.
A graduate of Kansas State University, Beth studied with Rod Walker. She received the Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from Arizona State University, studying with Douglas McEwen. From 1985 to 1991 she served on the faculty at Luther College in Decorah, IA, as conductor of the Cathedral Choir and the freshman women, Pike Kor. Additionally, she taught a full studio of private voice. While at Millikin, Beth was appointed Artistic and Musical Director of the Millikin University Children & Youth Choir Program. 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 has been a member of state ACDA boards and has been the ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choir in both Iowa and Illinois. Beth maintains a private voice studio in her home.