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D.M.A. in Choral Conducting, University of Southern Mississippi
M.M. in Choral Conducting, Southern Methodist University
B.M. in Church Music, Palm Beach Atlantic University
BETH EVERETT is the Director of Choral Activities at Eastern Michigan University where she conducts the Chamber Choir and University Choir and teaches courses in conducting and music education. She has studied conducting with Ray Robinson, Jack Delaney, Paul Phillips, Constantina Tsolainou, and Gregory Fuller.
Since coming to Michigan, Dr. Everett has immersed herself in the strong choral tradition present in the state. She conducted John Rutter’s Magnificat for the University Musical Society’s Summer Sing in July, 2013, and she recently accepted a position on the Michigan American Choral Directors Association board as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities. Upcoming engagements include conducting the Michigan Community College Choral Festival in Grand Rapids.
Choirs under Dr. Everett’s direction have performed across the United States as well as internationally. The Bethel University Singers participated in the American International Choral Festival in St. Louis and received a Gold Diploma in adjudication. They worked with world-renowned clinicians such as Charles Bruffy, Andre de Quadros, Anders Jalkeus, and Dr. Hak-won Yoon, conductor of the Incheon City Chorale (Korea).
Dr. Everett has prepared choruses for Meadows Opera Theater and Southern Opera and Musical Theater productions including Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, and Maurice Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. She was the assistant conductor for Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, a joint production with Mississippi Opera. She has also served as Musical Director for musical theater productions including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. In 2014, Dr. Everett will return to Mississippi as a musical director at the Natchez Festival of Music for their production of HMS Pinafore.
From 1996 until 1998, Dr. Everett was a member of the faculty of the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan where she taught courses in Music Theory, Music History, and Sightsinging and Ear Training. She served concurrently as assistant conductor of the Amman YWCA Choir and trained various choruses for performances with the National Music Conservatory orchestra. Past teaching appointments also include Landmark Christian School (Georgia) and Bethel University (Tennessee), where she was Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Division of Music.
Dr. Everett remains active as a singer. She is a member of Voices, a professional choir based out of the Eastman School of Music. She has performed the mezzo soprano solos for such major choral works as Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Dr. Everett performed at Carnegie Hall as a soloist with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Chorale. Her voice teachers include Anna Keith and Timothy Seelig.