Betsy Burleigh Heading to Indiana University

Boston, MA, October 19, 2012

Chorus pro Musica announced today that Dr. Betsy Burleigh plans to step down as Music Director of Chorus pro Musica as of June 30, 2013, in order to accept a new position with Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she will be teaching graduate choral conducting, giving seminars in choral repertoire, and conducting ensembles. Dr. Burleigh is also resigning her position with the Providence Singers after the completion of the 2012-13 season. She will, however, maintain her position with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

Chorus pro Musica has initiated a search process to identify a new Music Director for the 2013-2014 season; Dr. Burleigh will assist the Board in its search process to ensure a smooth transition. Dr. Burleigh has been with Chorus pr Musica since 2009, when she succeeded conductor Jeffrey Rink.

“Dr. Burleigh has brought Chorus pro Musica to a new level of musical and vocal excellence, and we will miss her very much. We know that under her baton, we will continue this momentum during the upcoming season,” said Drew Hammond, Chorus President. “We wish her well in her new endeavors at Indiana University.”

“Though I am thrilled and honored to join the faculty at Indiana University, I am truly sad to be leaving Chorus pro Musica,” said Burleigh. “It’s been a joy to work with the talented, intelligent and dedicated singers of CpM, and I am very happy that we will have this season to cap our music making together.”

Chorus pro Musica looks forward to a great 2012-2013 season with Dr. Burleigh at the helm for three concerts at Old South Church, on October 28, December 21 and March 10, and at the annual Jordan Hall Concert on May 31, when the chorus will present Mozart’s C Minor Mass, along with a commissioned piece by composer Peter Child.