Conductor/Director Voices West Select
A lifelong Coloradan, Krista Beckman graduated in 2016 with master’s degrees in choral conducting and music theory from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. While at Lamont, Krista studied conducting with Catherine Sailer and Kyle Fleming and music theory with Kristin Taavola. Krista continues to serve Lamont students and faculty in the Bonfils-Stanton Music Library. In this position, she has worked to grow and diversify the choral music collection and increase community engagement with library resources.
An active mezzo-soprano soloist and choral musician, Krista currently sings with Voces Cordis and Voices of Light Chamber Choir, and as a staff singer at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She also sings regularly with the Colorado Ballet.
Krista has taught several music theory courses at the University of Denver and is passionate about helping others to cultivate inspired musicianship through deeper musical knowledge. In her own academic work, Krista has sought to develop new means of analysis for modern music and to raise the profile of choral music in the world of music theory. Krista believes strongly in the value of community music-making and is grateful to serve the singers of Voices West as their assistant conductor.
Linda Cody graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University with a degree in piano. She presently is pianist at Riverside Church and accompanist for several vocal studios.
She also has played for the Met auditions and NATS auditions.
Theatrical accompanying has included Mainstreet Players, Caravan Players, Fiasco at Littleton Town Hall, DCPA Stage Theater, and Showstoppers USA. She previously lived in the Los Angeles area, where she was pianist/music arranger for Pacific Paramount Productions, pianist/assistant director of Downey Civic Light Opera, and pianist for Downey Civic Chorus.
Linda is a former singer with Schola Cantorum of Fort Worth, Littleton Chorale, and Colorado Symphony Chorus.
A member of National Music Teachers Association, she has taught for Yamaha International School of Music and Adult Continuing Education.
Cassy Gress grew up in Kentucky and has been performing since she was three years old. She has been the accompanist for the Woodford County Theatrical Arts Association, the Lexington Shakespeare Festival, the River City Community Players, and many vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles. She is an alumna of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts class of 1999 at Bellarmine University; additionally, she attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and sang in the CCM Chamber Singers. Cassy has been a member of Voices West and Voices West Select since the 2018-2019 season. In her day job she is a systems analyst, and in her spare time she can be found meticulously organizing her music collection and hanging out happily with her wife, son and cats.