Julie Beyler, Music Director
Julie 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 36 years, has a private voice and piano studio in her home, where she lives with her husband, Allen.
Felix Chan, Accompanist
Dr. Felix Chan earned his Doctor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He received his BM degree at the University of North Texas. Besides the USA and Hong Kong, he has performed in Europe where he received additional musical training in France (Institute for Advanced Vocal Studies in Paris), Austria (Classical Music Festival at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt), Italy (Gubbio Music Festival), and Poland (“In Search of Chopin” Piano Conference). He accompanied The Chorale in Spain and Portugal in the summer of 2016.
Dr. Chan is an experienced teacher, recitalist, and accompanist. He has taught at the University of Illinois (Unit One music program director and teacher) and The Conservatory of Central Illinois. From 2002 to 2007, he played in 20 musicals (over 145 performances) and he was the musical director for two musicals.
Dr. Chan’s piano teachers include Ian Hobson, Katherine Glaser (a devoted student of the legendary pianist and pedagogue Artur Schnabel), Ward Davenny, William Heiles, Kenneth Drake (an expert in Beethoven and the pianoforte instrument of his time), Joseph Banowetz, and Tony Caramia (jazz piano).
He is also a classically trained singer (baritone). He has sung in many major choral works and four favorite operas–La Boheme, Carmen, Rigoletto, and Die Fledermaus. He is an organist and pianist at First Presbyterian Church in Tolono, Illinois. He also accompanies the choirs at Centennial High School in Champaign. He maintains an active music teaching studio in Champaign and Tolono with many award-winning students.
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
- Kate Stout, Advertising/Donations
- Rosalyn Kesan, Treasurer
- Vickie Browder, Publicity