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Stacie Mickens '02, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Horn, University of North Texas
Beth Willer '03, D.M.A.
Associate Professor and Director of Choral Studies, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University,
Founder and Artistic Director of Lorelei Ensemble
Amanda Weber '08, D.M.A.
Director of Worship and the Arts, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Founder of Voices of Hope
Marie Drews '02
President, Eta of Iowa Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and Associate Professor of English
Erin Villmow '22
Senior, Music Education Major
Join Dr. Stacie Mickens '02, Dr. Beth Willer '03, and Dr. Amanda Weber '08 in conversation about the work they have been doing within their respective fields to open up the canon to a more inclusive slate of repertoire, especially in terms of women composers, and to welcome more diverse participants as music makers. Reflecting on their own experiences as performers, conductors, and teachers, our panelists will consider the rich opportunities of drawing historically underrepresented voices into the musical tradition and the challenges they have faced in doing so.
All Phi Beta Kappa members, Drs. Mickens, Willer, and Weber work at the intersection of teaching, scholarship, conducting, and performance. Dr. Mickens is Associate Professor of Horn at the University of North Texas; she performs with the Lantana Trio, a women’s brass trio, and is active in orchestrating workshops to amplify the inclusion and work of women brass musicians. Dr. Willer is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Studies at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University; she also founded and serves as the artistic director of the Lorelei Ensemble, a premiere vocal ensemble dedicated to empowering women’s voices.
Dr. Weber is the Director of Worship and the Arts at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis and founder of Voices of Hope, an organization that builds choral singing communities in correctional facilities in the state of Minnesota.
About Phi Beta Kappa and the Phi Beta Kappa Symposium on the Liberal Arts
Luther College is a Phi Beta Kappa institution, which is a significant recognition of the commitment the college has made to providing a stellar liberal arts education. Only ten percent of colleges and universities have been admitted into Phi Beta Kappa through a rigorous application process. Luther’s Eta of Iowa Chapter was established in 1983 thanks in large part to the labor of Dr. Mary Hull Mohr.
Each spring Luther inducts outstanding seniors, and a handful of juniors, to be part of Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to those who are inducted, the whole of the college and its alumni share the honor of being part of a Phi Beta Kappa institution.
This symposium was established in 2016 thanks to the leadership of Dr. Wilfred F. Bunge ‘53, Emeritus Professor of Religion and Classics, who saw Homecoming as an opportunity to celebrate the continued liberal arts contributions of Luther’s exceptional alumni and emeriti faculty.