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Michael Engelhardt (MM Choral Conducting) is the conductor of Millikin Men.  He was born and raised in Woodstock, Illinois, and holds degrees from Millikin University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  Michael has conducted numerous choral, pop, and vocal jazz ensembles throughout his career at such institutions as the University of Northern Iowa, Hannibal-LaGrange College, Alderson Broaddus University, Willow Creek Community Church, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Millikin University. He is currently the Worship Arts Director at First Christian Church in Decatur, Illinois, where he oversees a vibrant arts program that includes a volunteer choir, band, technical arts, and a semi-professional chamber ensemble called Vocasphere.  He and his church staff will collaborate to launch a Worship Arts Academy in the Fall of 2013.  As a composer and songwriter, his work is primarily published by Walton Music and Willow Creek Association. His music has been performed and recorded recently by such groups as Cantus and Chapter 6, and has been featured on numerous ACDA and All-State programs by college and high school choirs. He has shared the stage with pop music legends such as Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five, NBC's The Sing-Off), Kerry Livgren (Kansas), and Abraham Laboriel, Sr. (bass player for Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Michael Jackson).


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