Experienced, Exceptional 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.

Dr. Brad Holmes is the Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.  Prior his appointment at Millikin, Dr. Holmes was Associate Director of Choirs at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  During this time at Millikin, Dr. Holmes has overseen the growth of the choral program to four traditional choirs and a variety of smaller vocal ensembles involving more than 250 students and a nationally recognized choral staff.  Choirs under his direction have sung in every state but Alaska.  The more than 300 festivals and workshops conducted by Dr. Holmes include All-State choirs, regional ACDA honor choirs, district festivals and church music clinics throughout the United States.  Internationally, his choirs have toured to 35 countries.  He was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University for two academic terms, working primarily with the Choir of Clare College.  He returns to England frequently for conducting engagements and choral workshops.  Other international guest-conducting opportunities have taken him to Continental Europe, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.  Dr. Holmes’ compositions are published by First Step Publishing, Santa Barbara Music Press and Morning Star Publishers.  Additional arrangements may be found at Bradholmesmusic.com.