It all started when…
Beth began taking piano lessons at age four and accompanying choral groups at age eight. Through the years, she accompanied countless rehearsals and events, from auditioned regional honor choirs and contests to her own Sunday School and youth and adult church choirs. She began learning to play the organ in eighth grade, continuing lessons past her college years, studying with both Carlene Niehart and Keith Harmon in Kansas City. Although she began her college career as a music major, she later decided to obtain her teaching degree in an academic area while continuing to explore her love of music.
Beth has accompanied professional vocal soloists, instrumentalists, congregations, and school, church and community choirs. She regularly performs with the Denver Women's Chorus, and has accompanied several groups in the Denver area, including the Cherry Creek Chorale and the Empire Lyric Players, and more recently, has recorded an album with female choral group Safonia. Beth grew up in the Reformed Church of America and attended Northwestern College in Iowa. Her experience in churches included playing in Reformed, Methodist, Presbyterian USA, Church of Christ, and Catholic congregations before finally arriving at LCHope. She is the staff accompanist at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, which boasts six choirs. Two of those choirs performed at the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference this past year, an honor bestowed on fewer than 20 choirs from the entire state.
Beth prefers classical and sacred choral literature. She loves living in Colorado and appreciates its breathtaking beauty and outdoor adventures. She's a member of the Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is learning to play guitar, and loves the very warm people at Lutheran Church of Hope!