Beth Richey-Sullivan, conductor, is a native of Kansas City, Missouri where she completed her undergraduate degree in both Choral & Instrumental Music Education at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music & Dance. She received her Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting at UCLA with the world renowned Donald Neuen.
Currently Beth is the Choral Conductor at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, KS. Her choirs receive consistent superior ratings at festivals both nationally and locally. Her choirs have been featured at the Kansas State Music convention. She is active in ACDA & KMEA.
Beth began her professional teaching and performing career in Los Angeles. She conducted the Towne Singers, a 100 voice community choir where she performed 7 successful seasons and commissioned Eric Whitacre’s Seal Lullaby.
She also taught at Hoover High & Toll Middle Schools in Glendale, CA where she conducted Choral Music, grades 6-12. Her students received multiple outstanding music rankings at local, district & national festivals. She grew the program from 8 to over 200 singers.
In addition to Music, Beth is very passionate about helping children in foster care. In CA, she was influential in founding "One More", a foster care support system that helped recruit, train and retain great foster parents. Do you have room around your table for "One More"? She currently resides in Overland Park, KS with her husband Patrick and their adopted children, Iris, Aiden and Elijah.
"Beth Richey-Sullivan discusses strategies for surviving the most perilous of choir director jobs: taking over a program from a rockstar. When your predecessor is both beloved and skilled, the incoming director needs “the skin of an elephant and the heart of a butterfly.” This episode is full of jaw-dropping examples that Beth culls from this past year of taking over from an adored former director. Her warmth, encouragement, and wisdom is required listening for anyone stepping into a new job." -Choir Ninja Podcast
I spoke at the Kansas Music Educator's Association Convention in February of 2019 and I'm looking forward to continuing this topic, as I feel teaching with Emotional Intelligence is essential to student learning and musical success.
“Beth is a secure musician, musically expressive, and possesses true leadership qualities when it comes to teaching and conducting. She teaches with authority and conducts with both precision and passion” – Donald Neuen, UCLA
“Passion is important, but what makes Beth ideal for any job in music is that she’s extremely talented and capable.”
– Jennifer Benjamin, Conductor St. Teresa’s Academy
“Beth has an inspirational manner in which she proves an artistic outlet for so many students. She is passionate, committed, patient, kind, organized, and truly dedicated to her students in both choral & instrumental education.”
– Kevin Welsh, principal Hoover High School
by Sydney Guillaume
performed by BVNW Chorale