Artistic Director of the Providence Singers
Credit: Roger Mastroianni
Betsy Burleigh became the fifth artistic director of the Providence Singers on July 1, 2011.
A graduate of Indiana University (Bachelor of Music Education with distinction, vocal concentration), Burleigh earned graduate degrees in choral conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music (Master of Music with distinction) and Indiana University (Doctor of Music). She began her career 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.
Throughout her career, she has combined her interests in choral and orchestral conducting with her academic interests in choral education. She was most recently professor of music at Cleveland State University, conducting university ensembles and offering graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, choral literature, choral methods, and diction (English, French, and German). She also served as interim conductor of the Cleveland State Orchestra. Burleigh served on the faculty at Cleveland State for 15 years before moving to Boston in 2010.
In Pittsburgh, where she is music director of the Mendelssohn Choir, Burleigh has prepared the choir for all choral performances of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, including concerts by Manfred Honeck, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis and others, and she has conducted the chorus and orchestra in Handel’s Messiah. Earlier in Cleveland, she was music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, chorus master for Cleveland Opera, and assistant director of choruses for the Cleveland Orchestra. She prepared choruses for the Blossom Festival, the Cleveland Orchestra’s program of summer performances. She has commissioned a number of choral works, including Andrew Rindfleisch’s Anthem.
Based in Boston, where she is also music director for Chorus pro Musica, Burleigh is an active guest conductor in both choral and orchestral repertoire and has led a variety of choral festivals and workshops. Her musical theater engagements have included the music direction of Viktor Ullman’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Cleveland Public Theater and critically acclaimed Opera Cleveland performances of A Little Night Music. She conducted the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus on an Emmy award-winning benefit concert for the 9/11 Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.