Betsy Burleigh, Music Director
Betsy Burleigh is the fifth Music Director of Chorus pro Musica in its over sixty-year history, assuming her duties in September 2009. In addition to her role with CpM, Ms. Burleigh is the Music Director of The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the chorus of choice of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; in July 2011, she also became the fifth Artistic Director of the Providence Singers.
Prior to coming to Boston, Ms. Burleigh was Assistant Director of Choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra and a full professor at Cleveland State University. For five years she served as Chorus Master for Cleveland Opera.
Ms. Burleigh is an active conductor, and has led the Pittsburgh Symphony, Opera Cleveland, the Akron Symphony, and the Canton Symphony Orchestra. She conducted the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus on an Emmy award-winning benefit concert for the 9/11 Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, and received the Northern Ohio Live Achievement Award for music direction of Viktor Ullman's opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Cleveland Public Theater. In February 2009, she conducted the Mendelssohn Chamber Chorus on the Library of Congress concert series in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Burleigh has prepared choruses for Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Anton Coppola, Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Jane Glover, Manfred Honeck, Jahja Ling, Nicholas McGegan, John Nelson, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Jan Pascal Tortelier, and Franz Welser-Möst, among others.
Her career began in Boston, where she was Music Director of The Master Singers, the Longy Chamber Singers, and the Cambridge Madrigal Singers, and held teaching positions at Tufts University, Clark University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a master's degree in choral conducting from New England Conservatory and a doctorate from Indiana University.