Conductor Foster Beyers
The Concordia Orchestra, Conductor
Prior to coming to Concordia, Foster Beyers served as interim director of orchestra at the College of St. Benedict/St. John University for the 2010/2011 academic year. While there, he led the orchestra in the midwest premiere of Daniel Bernard Roumain's Symphony for the Dance Floor in February of 2011. From 2008-2011 he was a James Sample Fellow in conducting at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where he led the Campus Orchestra and String Orchestra. In November of 2009 he conducted the University of Minnesota Opera Theater and Orchestra in four performances of Stravinsky's Le Rossignol. He also conducted the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Sibelius's Seventh Symphony in March of 2011. Mr. Beyers had the privilege of working closely with Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska in preparation for that performance.
Mr. Beyers came to Minnesota from Chicago where he served as Music Director of the Ravenswood Community Orchestra, Assistant Director of Choirs at Kenilworth Union Church, and adjunct instructor of music at Loyola College. He was also a member of Victor Yampolsky's conducting studio at Northwestern University where he received a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting. Previously, Mr. Beyers served as music director of the Green Bay Symphony Youth Orchestras. During his tenure he established a chamber music program, led two sold out children's concerts for 4000 area 4th graders and recorded a CD of music by Mussourgsky which was aired statewide on Wisconsin Public Radio. He also taught band and orchestra in the Green Bay Public schools for five years.
Mr. Beyers is in demand as a conductor and has led orchestras including the Green Bay Symphony, St.Louis Youth Symphony, Northshore Chamber Orchestra, Skokie Valley Symphony, the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and the Jugendorchester Stuttgart. As an educator he has conducted the Merit School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Music Institute of Chicago Junior Academy Orchestra and the 2010 Minnesota Middle Level Honors Orchestra. Mr. Beyers has also served as Music Director for the Buffalo Community Orchestra in Buffalo, Minnesota as well as the Seward Concert Band in Minneapolis.