A native Arkansawyer who grew up in Fayetteville, Beth Withey attended Stephen F. Austin State University and Arizona State University and has served in faculty positions in colleges and universities in Texas, Arizona and New York. Beth also worked in arts management at Carnegie Hall, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City Opera, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Included in her work as choral conductor and soloist, are performances with Austin Heights Church of Nacogdoches, Texas, Arizona State University, The New Jersey Choral Society, and with the late Alec Wyton during his tenure at Saint Stephens Episcopal Church in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Roles in Opera and Operetta include: Buttercup, H.M.S. Pinafore; Suzuki, Madama Butterfly; The Mother, Amahl and the Night Visitors; and as La Voix in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Her publications include, “Space Opera: Leit Motif in Star Trek the Original Series,” published through Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, Spain, 1998 and “TV Gets Jazzed: the Evolution of Action TV Theme Music”; Action TV, Routledge, 2001.
Beth is especially interested in furthering the interests and careers of young musicians and continues to teach in both private and group settings. Among her current and former students are voice and piano majors in colleges and universities, young musicians in high schools for the performing arts in Texas and Arkansas. As Director of the Children’s Chorus for La Boheme in Opera of the Ozark’s 2012 season, Beth had the privilege of introducing young musicians to the thrill of performing in Opera.
Beth is pleased to have the opportunity to continue The Ozarks Chorale’s tradition of bringing high quality chorale music and education to our community.