Dr. Beth Everett
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles
Dr. Beth Everett is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles at LaGrange College where she conducts the Chamber Singers and teaches courses in conducting and vocal music. She has studied conducting with Ray Robinson, Jack Delaney, Paul Phillips, Constantina Tsolainou, and Gregory Fuller. Dr. Everett holds a DMA from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Masters in Choral Conducting from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Church Music from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
From 1996 until 1998, Dr. Everett was a member of the faculty of the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan where she taught courses in Music Theory, Music History, and Sightsinging and Ear Training. She served concurrently as assistant conductor of the Amman YWCA Choir and trained various choruses for performances with the National Music Conservatory orchestra. Past teaching appointments also include Eastern Michigan University, Bethel University (Tennessee), and Landmark Christian School (Georgia).
Recent conducting engagements include John Rutter's Magnificat for the University Musical Society's Summer Sing in Ann Arbor, the Michigan Community College Choral Festival in Grand Rapids, and various high school clinics around the state of Michigan. Dr. Everett recently returned to Mississippi as musical director for HMS Pinafore at the Natchez Festival of Music and as musical director for Command Performance Broadway Live! at FestivalSouth in Hattiesburg.
Choirs under Dr. Everett's direction have performed across the United States as well as internationally. The Bethel University Singers participated in the American International Choral Festival in St. Louis and received a Gold Diploma in adjudication. They worked with world-renowned clinicians such as Charles Bruffy, Andre de Quadros, Anders Jalkeus, and Dr. Hak-won Yoon, conductor of the Incheon City Chorale (Korea).
Dr. Everett has prepared choruses for Meadows Opera Theater and Southern Opera and Musical Theater productions including Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, Kurt Weill's Street Scene, and Maurice Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges. She was the assistant conductor for Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, and Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, a joint production with Mississippi Opera. She has also served as Musical Director for musical theater productions including Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Meredith Willson's The Music Man, and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
Dr. Everett remains active as a singer. She is a member of Voices, a professional choir based out of the Eastman School of Music and has performed the mezzo soprano solos for such major choral works as Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Requiem, and Mendelssohn's Elijah. Dr. Everett performed at Carnegie Hall as a soloist with the University of Southern Mississippi's Southern Chorale. Her voice teachers include Anna Keith and Timothy Seelig.