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American Choral Directors Association

Women's Choir Repertoire & Standards Leadership

National Chair:Iris Levine (irislevine@mac.com)

Nationally recognized for her excellence in choral conducting, Dr. Iris S. Levine earned her Doctorate in Choral Music from the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Rod Eichenberger and James Vail.She holds a Masters degree in

Choral Conducting from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied with Alan Harler.Dr. Levine is Department Chair and Professor of Music at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Now in her 25th year at Cal Poly, Dr. Levine conducts the Kellogg Chamber Singers and teaches Beginning Conducting, Choral Conducting, and Music Education curriculum.


Dr. Levine is the founder and artistic director for Vox Femina Los Angeles – L.A.’s premiere women’s choir. Through her extensive experience with women’s choral literature and innovative concert programming, Dr. Levine has charted Vox Femina on an impressive 17-year journey, building its prominence in the choral community through numerous appearances at the American Choral Directors Association conventions and over 200 appearances throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.


Dr. Levine is the choir director at Stephen S. Wise Temple, where her choral arrangements are often performed. She is also the National Chair of the ACDA Repertoire and Standards Committee for Women’s Choirs.Dr. Levine authored the chapter on “Working with the Women’s Community Choir” in the 2012 GIA publication: Conducting Women’s Choirs:Strategies for Success. Dr. Levine is the editor for the Iris S. Levine Treble Choral Series with Pavane Publishing and is highly sought as guest clinician and adjudicator for choral festivals throughout the country.


Central Division Chair: Beth Holmes (eholmes@mail.millikin.edu)

Beth Holmes currently serves on the Millikin University choral staff in Decatur, Illinois, conducting the 70 member Millikin Women and teaching private voice. She holds a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from Arizona State University and a Bachelors in Music Education from Kansas State University, where she studied with Douglas McEwen and Rod Walker. Previously she conducted choirs and taught on the voice faculty at Luther College in Decorah, IA.

Holmes is an active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, having conducted District, All-State and ACDA Convention Honor Choirs throughout the Midwest. Recent engagements include the ACDA North Central Division Collegiate Women’s Honor Choir as well as All State choirs in Wisconsin, Kentucky and Alabama. In March of 2016 she will conduct The National Festival Chorus in Carnegie Hall, New York City.

In addition to her collegiate responsibilities, Beth was the Artistic and Musical director of the Millikin University Children & Youth Choir Program for seven years. In this role she conducted the premiere ensembles and coordinated a tiered structure of four choirs and staff/conductors as well a system of student interns from the Millikin School of Music. In the past Beth has served as Women’s Choir R&S Chair in both Illinois and Iowa.


Eastern Division Chair: Christine Howlett (chhowlett@vassar.edu)