Beth Willer, Artistic Director
Noted for her “directorial command,” “technical expertise,” and work with women’s vocal ensembles, Founder and Artistic Director Beth Willer has led Lorelei Ensemble since 2007 to become recognized as one of the country’s most highly regarded vocal ensembles. Committed to Lorelei’s mission to expand the repertoire for women’s voices, Willer has initiated collaborations with composers from the U.S. and abroad, leading the ensemble in numerous world, U.S. and regional premieres, while working to expose lesser-known works of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
In addition to her work with Lorelei, Willer has served as the conductor of various professional and collegiate ensembles. Currently, Willer is Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Bucknell University where she leads the Bucknell Camerata and Chorale. Most recently, she served as Resident Conductor of the Radcliffe Choral Society, conductor of The Boston Conservatory Women’s Chorus, and chorus master for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. A passionate educator and conductor of young artists, Willer has also led ensembles at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, The Walnut Hill School, New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School, The Boston Arts Academy, and Memorial High School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. A versatile and vibrant clinician, Willer also enjoys guest work as a conductor, engaging with community choruses, church choirs, high school choirs, and regional and state honor choirs.
Willer holds graduate degrees in conducting from Boston University (DMA and MM), and an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Luther College, having studied with Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Bruce Hangen and Weston Noble. In 2014, Willer received the prestigious Louis Botto Award for "Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal”, and Boston University’s Kahn Career Entry Award, both recognizing her work with Lorelei.