“I am thrilled to be collaborating with The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay as their Assistant Conductor. Every member of the organization is committed to the art of musical excellence and I am honored to join them in this charge.”
– Dr. Beth Gibbs
Beth Gibbs is Director of Choral Studies at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. In addition to directing the choirs, she also teaches courses in Conducting, Choral Pedagogy, Caribbean Music, and Music and Wellness. She earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stetson University in DeLand, FL. Dr. Gibbs spent six years teaching at the high school level in Atlanta, GA. She is a frequent clinician for district and regional choral festivals and has conducted in the Chartres Cathedral in France, St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and at the International Festival of Choirs in Santiago de Cuba. Active as a performer, she has been a soloist for several oratorio and operatic roles, and has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, and has also performed under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas and Helmuth Rilling.
“Beth is a versatile and highly talented conductor,” said Robert Hicks, Board Chairman. “She will be an excellent addition to our artistic team.”
The Master Chorale has enjoyed supporting the University of South Florida’s Graduate Choral Conducting program with a proud history of recruiting and working with eleven Master’s level choral conducting students who served as Assistant Conductors and Conducting Apprentices since 2002. These students have gone on to take prominent conducting positions across the United States and the Chorale is deeply proud of their accomplishments. This coming academic year the University does not have any incoming Master’s level choral conducting students prompting a re-designed Assistant Conductor position.