(on leave spring 2018)
Director of Choral Activities
Conductor of Bucknell University Choir and Camerata
- D.M.A. in Choral Conducting, Boston University
- M.M. in Choral Conducting, Boston University
- B.A. in Music Education and Performance, Luther College
- choral conducting
- chamber music
- medieval and contemporary music
Beth Willer is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University, where she leads the Bucknell University Choir and Camerata, and teaches courses in vocal chamber music, arts and entrepreneurship, choral methods, and music appreciation. Noted for her "directorial command" and "technical expertise," Willer is especially active as a conductor of contemporary repertoire, commissioning and premiering more than 50 new works in her career to date, actively expanding the vocal art through creative collaboration.
As Founder and Artistic Director of Boston's Lorelei Ensemble, Willer has led the ensemble to local and national recognition, recently receiving Chorus America's prestigious Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal, and Boston University's Kahn Career Entry Award. Committed to fulfilling Lorelei's mission to elevate and expand the repertoire for women's vocal ensembles, she initiates collaborations with composers from the U.S. and abroad, leading the ensemble in numerous World, U.S. and regional premieres since its founding in 2007, while also working to expose lesser-known works of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. In addition to its Boston concert series, the ensemble enjoys a national touring schedule. In 2016-17 Lorelei will perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), and deliver the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin's Dream of the Song with the Boston Symphony Orchestra Boston's Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Information about Lorelei Ensemble can be found at www.LoreleiEnsemble.com.
Prior to joining the Bucknell faculty, Willer served as Resident Conductor of the Radcliffe Choral Society at Harvard University and conductor of The Boston Conservatory Women's Chorus. Experienced in choral-orchestral repertoire, Willer has prepared choruses for Ann Howard Jones, Gil Rose, Andrew Clark, and Ken-David Masur. A passionate music educator, Willer has also led numerous young artist ensembles, including choruses at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, New England Conservatory's Preparatory School, the Boston Arts Academy, and The Walnut Hill School. An active clinician, Willer also enjoys frequent engagements with guest choruses and regional and state honor choirs across New England, including the New Hampshire All-State Women's Chorus in 2016.
Activities and Other Interests
Founder and Artistic Director of Lorelei Ensemble. Avid cyclist and ultimate frisbee enthusiast.