In addition to teaching conducting, music history and choral music methods, Bethany Plissey directs the JSC Chorale and Chamber Singers. She holds an M.M. degree in choral conducting and a bachelor’s degree in music – voice performance – from Indiana University. When she arrived at JSC in fall 2010, she had completed her doctoral coursework at the University of Miami and was finishing her dissertation on Scandinavian and Baltic Techniques in Choral Conducting – the final step in securing her doctorate in musical arts degree in choral conducting.
Bethany taught choral music and choral conducting in several colleges and high schools across the country before signing on with Johnson State. She has served as music director in a range of settings, from church level to semi-professional chamber ensembles, and led choral groups of all ages. She’s also coached and directed musical theatre productions. Her list of choral and solo performance credits, from Maine to Florida, is extensive. A member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference and the International Federation of Choral Music, Bethany is nearly fluent in German and has received numerous awards and honors.
The opportunity for a full-time, tenure-track position that puts her broad experience and background to use is what attracted Bethany to JSC. “I would love to see a strong choral singing tradition develop at the College, with various choral ensembles, and maybe 100 participating students,” she says.
“International touring would also be a wonderful growth step for the program.”
At home, you might find her listening to a lot of choral music as well as ’70s rock, acoustic and urban folk, and alternative music.