Since 2011, Beth Withey has directed The Ozarks Chorale in dozens of performances crafted from hundreds of choral compositions that encompass wide ranges of time periods, genres, and musical styles. Beth’s warm and encouraging teaching style, her flawless artistic sense, and her passionate approach to conducting have grown the musical abilities of Chorale members, while delighting their audiences.
An Arkansas native, Beth spent her childhood in Fayetteville, then attained degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, and Arizona State University. She began her career in music by holding faculty-level positions at colleges and universities in Texas, Arizona, and New York. Moving to New York City, she held positions at cultural icons such as Carnegie Hall, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Lincoln Center, and the New York City Opera.
Prior to moving to Eureka Springs, her work as choral conductor, and as soloist, included numerous performances in Texas, Arizona, New Jersey, Ontario, and Connecticut. While in Ridgefield, Connecticut, she performed with the late Alec Wyton, an accomplished teacher and composer who served for two decades as organist and choirmaster at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Beth has also performed various operatic roles, such as Buttercup (H.M.S. Pinafore), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), and La Voix (Les Contes d’Hoffman.)
In addition to working with the Ozarks Chorale, Beth is committed to furthering the development and career opportunities of young musicians. Her students have been accepted into high schools for the performing arts, won all-state choir competitions, won Disney Channel auditions, and gone on to major in voice and piano at colleges and universities. She continues to teach musicians of all ages in both private and group settings.
Beth is pleased to share her wealth of knowledge with her students, and to continue the Ozarks Chorale’s tradition of bringing high quality chorale music to our community.