Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Conductors
 

Dr. Guy Forbes, Associate Conductor of Choirs and Chair of Music Education joined the Millikin Faculty in 1995.  In addition to conducting the Millikin Chamber Chorale, one of Millikin’s top two touring choirs, Dr. Forbes also conducts the Millikin Madrigal Singers.  As Chair of Music Education Dr. Forbes has overseen the growth and development of one of the largest and most successful undergraduate music education programs in the Midwest.  His responsibilities include teaching conducting and choral methods as well as other upper level choral music education courses.  Dr. Forbes is also an award-winning composer with compositions published through Alliance Music, Hinshaw Music, Treble Clef Press, and Pavane Publishing.  His compositions have received critical acclaim and have been performed on numerous ACDA and MENC programs including performances by both the 2008 Wisconsin All-State Choir and the 2009 New Mexico All-State Choir.  His compositions may be accessed through his web site at: www.guyforbes.com



Beth Holmes currently conducts the Millikin Women, a choir comprised of 80 selected singers, and serves on the Millikin voice faculty. Under her direction the choir hosts an annual Women's Choral Festival on campus, takes an Illinois tour, and performs for the popular Millikin Christmas Vespers and other annual concerts. Beth is an active guest conductor, directing District and All-State festival choirs and Convention Honor Choirs throughout the Midwest. Recent appearances include Women’s Honor Choirs on the 2010 Regional ACDA convention in Minneapolis, as well as state ACDA conventions in Illinois, Florida, and Minnesota.  A graduate of Kansas State University, Beth subsequently completed a Masters in Choral Conducting at Arizona State University. She served as the Artistic and Musical Director of the Millikin University Children & Youth Choir Program for 7 years, conducting its premiere ensemble and coordinating a staff of conductors, managers, and Millikin student interns. She has served as ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choir in both Iowa and Illinois, and maintains a private voice studio in her home.  Email: eholmes@millikin.edu



Dr. Brad Holmes has been Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois since 1991. During this time Dr. Holmes has overseen the growth of the choral program to four traditional choirs and a variety of smaller vocal ensembles involving more than 300 students and five conductors.  In addition to conducting the University Choir, Dr. Holmes teaches classes in conducting and choral methods. He is artistic director for Millikin's annual Christmas Vespers, an event that attracts more than 6,500 people annually.  Under his direction the Millikin University Choir has performed before both regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association.  Dr. Holmes's extensive guest conducting schedule has included All-State choirs, ACDA Honor Choirs and District festivals as well as church music clinics throughout the United States. Internationally, he served as Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College in Cambridge, England.  He has conducted choirs in 35 countries in Europe, South America, East Asia, the South Pacific and Australia. 

   
 
   
 
 
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL