Julie Beyler, Music Director

Julie Beyler photoJulie Beyler is the Conductor and Founding Music Director of The CHORALE (1982). A teacher, singer, and choral director, she has conducted choirs in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Arizona.

Beyler served on the staff at Interlochen Summer Music Camp and has taught choral music in public schools in Iowa and Indiana. While a resident of Bermuda, she taught music privately and sang under Geoffrey Tankard in the Bermuda Philharmonic Society.

In Charleston, South Carolina, she served on the Board of Directors during the formation of the Charleston Opera Company prior to the Spoleto Festival. An accomplished soprano soloist, she sang the role of “Mother” in their premier performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” and has appeared as soloist with the Dubuque Symphony (Iowa), with the Charleston Symphony (South Carolina), and with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra (Wisconsin).

In June of 2005, she conducted The CHORALE in some of the most remarkable venues in Rome, Florence, Venice and Milian, Italy. At a high mass at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Choir Master, Monsignor Pablo Colino called the group's singing "expressive and sensitive. full of passion and poetry". Other venues included St. Eustachio in Rome, St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice and the Duomo in Milan.

In August of 2006, Beyler took The Chorale on its second international tour to Scotland. Jean Redpath, world renowned Scottish singer, appeared as a guest performer on the tour. The group performed in Paisley Abbey, Iona Abbey, Stirling Castle, Dunkeld Cathedral, St. Giles and as a part of the Edinburgh Music Fringe Festival, at Cannongate Kirk.

In June 2008, Ms. Beyler led The Chorale on a 10 day performing tour in Galway, Killarney, Kilkenny, Bray and Dublin, Ireland, with Jean Redpath as guest artist..

Beyler has prepared choruses for composer, conductor, Alice Parker; Craig Jessop, former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, now Dean of the Caine School of the Arts at Utah State University; Rene Clausen, Director of Choral Activities, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN; and for over ten years, she has prepared the symphony orchestra chorus for the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her work with The CHORALE and other local organizations, Ms. Beyler has adjudicated for choral and solo contests/festivals in the Midwest, directed church choirs and handbell choirs, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, she was named Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.

Beyler, a Mahomet Illinois resident for 32 years, has a private voice and piano studio in her home, where she lives with her husband, Allen.


Michael Hammer, Accompanist

Dr. Miceal S. Hammer playing the pianoMichael Hammer has a Doctorate (2006) in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where he also earned his Master's Degree; he received his Bachelor's Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Dr. Hammer has performed in Europe, Asia, and around the United States, including appearances at the recital hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY, and at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. He has received several prizes in solo piano competitions, some of which included appearances with an orchestra, as well as prizes for piano accompanying. In fact, a fellowship primarily in the field of vocal accompanying enabled his Doctorate studies at Peabody.

Dr. Hammer has been music director and/or organist of several Methodist churches. Currently he serves as the keyboardist for Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign, Illinois and Accompanist for the Central Illinois Children's Chorus, also based in Champaign, IL.

Dr. Hammer is married and has one very erudite cat.


The CHORALE is administered by a volunteer group of members who form The Steering Committee. Its purpose is to operate in the best interest of The CHORALE in accordance with its mission.

  • Julie Beyler, Music Director
  • Steve Ater, Production Manager
  • Kris Wise, Treasurer
  • Joanne Vician, Librarian
  • Jerry Frye, Communications
  • Kelly Mierkowski, Publicity
  • Sue Wyatt, Secretary
  • Holly Jordan, Community Relations