Music Department

Betsy Burleigh

Dr. Betsy Burleigh
Professor; Coordinator of Choral and Vocal Studies; Director, University Chorale and University Chorus

Music & Communication Building, Room 314
216. 687-3998

Betsy Burleigh is active as a conductor throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond. In addition to her duties at Cleveland State, Dr. Burleigh serves as Assistant Director of Choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra. There she has prepared choruses for performances conducted by Franz Welser-Moest, Jahjah Ling, and Leonard Slatkin. Starting in the fall of 2006 Dr. Burleigh will succeed Robert Page as the Music Director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the chorus of choice for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2000, Dr. Burleigh received the Northern Ohio Live Achievement Award in the category of Classical Music/Opera for conducting Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis. She has served as Chorus Master for Cleveland Opera, the Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus and the Canton Symphony Chorus, the Associate Director of the Cleveland Music School Settlement Vocal Chamber Ensemble, and the Director of the Choral Arts Society of Cleveland. Further academic credits include Director of Choral Activities at Tufts University and at Clark University. She has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Longy School of Music, and in both public and private high schools. As a guest conductor she has appeared with the Akron Symphony, Performers and Artists for Nuclear Disarmament, the Dartmouth Handel Society, and the Dedham Choral Society.

Dr. Burleigh has a D.Mus. from Indiana University, a M.M. degree in choral conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a B.M.E. from Indiana University.