Patricia A. Kershaw, Assistant Accompanist
Start Date: 2018
Accompanist for Voices West Select and assistant to Linda Cody, primary Accompanist.
Krista Beckman, Assistant Director
Start Date: 2017
A Denver native, Krista Beckman is the newly appointed assistant conductor of Voices West and the choir director at Highlands United Methodist Church. Enthusiastic about both the performance and study of music, she recently graduated with master's degrees in choral conducting and music theory from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. While at Lamont, Krista studied conducting with Catherine Sailer and Kyle Fleming and music theory with Kristin Taavola. She assisted and sang with the Lamont Chorale, Women's Chorus, and Lamont Early Music Ensemble. Works presented on Krista's graduate conducting recital included J.S. Bach's cantata Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich BWV 150; Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb; and a quintet performance of Britten's Hymn to St. Cecilia.
An active choral and chamber singer, Krista has sung at Wellshire Presbyterian Church and Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She currently sings with the Evans Choir and Voices of Light Chamber Choir. As a solo performer, Krista especially enjoys learning new music and collaborating with student composers as a conductor and singer. In addition to performing, Krista works with college students as a music theory and aural skills tutor. While a student, she worked as a teaching assistant for various theory and musicology classes, and she has also tutored middle and high school students at Denver School of the Arts. In her own academic work, Krista seeks to develop new means of analysis for innovative music. Her graduate thesis, "Sonority and Linear Structure in Three Early Works of Olivier Messiaen," features an in-depth analysis of Messiaen's well-known motet, O sacrum convivium.
Michael Todd Krueger, Conductor/Musical Director
After a distinguished teaching career at the college and university levels, Michael Todd Krueger has dedicated himself to the cause of the adult, avocational singer and to singing as a life-long proposition. Krueger currently serves as conductor and music director for two of the most prominent auditioned community choruses along the Front Range of Colorado: the 120-voice Larimer Chorale in Fort Collins (located 60 miles north of Denver), and the 75-member Voices West (formerly the Littleton Chorale, based in the south metropolitan Denver area). Krueger is also director of the Adult Choir and minister of music at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Arvada, Colorado and he maintains an active voice studio specifically for adults. Through these endeavors, he has become known for his inspiring musical leadership and a uniquely healthy approach to ensemble singing for adults.
A versatile conductor, comfortable in both instrumental and vocal media, Krueger's recent conducting opportunities have included the following major works: Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, the Vivaldi Gloria, Beethoven's Mass in C Major, the Requiem by Maurice DuruflÃ©, Orff's Carmina Burana, The Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn, Handel's Messiah and the Mass of the Children by John Rutter.
Dr. Krueger earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Luther College and the Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley (UNC). He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting and literature from the University of Illinois. He has served on the music faculties of Ithaca College, Morningside College, Millikin University, and the University of Wyoming.
Krueger is a former resident member of the Grammy Award-winning Robert Shaw Festival Singers, having performed in concert and recording sessions with the legendary, late Maestro Shaw as part of a month-long residency in southern France, at Carnegie Hall, and at the ACDA National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. He has also performed with the Grammy-nominated UNC Axidentals Vocal Jazz Sextet directed by hall of fame jazz educator, Gene Aitken. He has conducted all-state, honor choir, and choral festival performances for singers of all ages throughout North and South America and Europe and has led numerous concert tours to the many cultural centers of Europe.
Linda Cody, Accompanist
Linda Cody graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University with a degree in piano. She presently is pianist at Riverside Baptist Church and accompanist for several vocal studios. She also has played for the Met auditions and NATS auditions.
Theatrical accompanying has included Mainstreet Players, Caravan Players, Fiasco at Littleton Town Hall, DCPA Stage Theater, and Showstoppers USA. She previously lived in the Los Angeles area, where she was pianist/ music arranger for Pacific Paramount Productions, pianist/assistant director of Downey Civic Light Opera, and pianist for Downey Civic Chorus.
Linda teaches piano and is a member of National Music Teachers Association. She also has taught for Yamaha International School of Music, and California Adult Continuing Education.
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