Krista Beckman, Assistant Director
A Denver native, Krista Beckman is the newly appointed assistant conductor of Voices West and the choir director at Highlands United Methodist Church. Enthusiastic about both the performance and study of music, she recently graduated 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. She assisted and sang with the Lamont Chorale, Women’s Chorus, and Lamont Early Music Ensemble. Works presented on Krista’s graduate conducting recital included J.S. Bach’s cantata Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich BWV 150; Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb; and a quintet performance of Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia.
An active choral and chamber singer, Krista has sung at Wellshire Presbyterian Church and Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She currently sings with the Evans Choir and Voices of Light Chamber Choir. As a solo performer, Krista especially enjoys learning new music and collaborating with student composers as a conductor and singer. In addition to performing, Krista works with college students as a music theory and aural skills tutor. While a student, she worked as a teaching assistant for various theory and musicology classes, and she has also tutored middle and high school students at Denver School of the Arts. In her own academic work, Krista seeks to develop new means of analysis for innovative music. Her graduate thesis, “Sonority and Linear Structure in Three Early Works of Olivier Messiaen,” features an in-depth analysis of Messiaen’s well-known motet, O sacrum convivium.
Linda Cody, Accompanist
Linda Cody graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University with a degree in piano. She presently is pianist at Riverside Baptist 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 teaches piano and is a member of National Music Teachers Association. She also has taught for Yamaha International School of Music, and California Adult Continuing Education.