Laura Wiebe, Director of Choral Activities
Dr. Laura Wiebe is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Minnesota Morris, where she conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and University-Community Choir. She also teaches courses in conducting, choral literature, studio voice, and musicianship. A Twin Cities native, Laura joined the music faculty at the University of Minnesota Morris in 2021.
A versatile musician, Laura enjoys a multifaceted career as a conductor, singer, pianist, and Dalcroze educator. She has served on the music faculties of Central Methodist University, Indian Hills Community College, and Coe College. She has been a member of professional choirs in the U.S. and Europe, including the Minnesota Chorale and Magdala in Oxford, England. She has performed with the Madison Symphony Chorus and with choirs of the association Celibidache in Gy, France and Trossingen, Germany.
As a Dalcroze teacher, Laura serves on the music faculty of the Online Conservatory of the National Children's Chorus, which provides training to young singers around the country and to 24 ensembles in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Austin. She has also served as Dalcroze instructor for summer programs at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.
Laura's solo engagements as a mezzo-soprano include performances with the Missouri Symphony; the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra (Missouri); the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra; Ensemble: Périphérie; and faculty recitals at Central Methodist University, Indian Hills Community College, and Coe College. A jazz performer since her high school years singing under the legendary Larry McCaghy, Laura has performed with artists and ensembles throughout the Midwest, including the Des Moines Big Band. She was recently featured as a guest artist on the Missouri United Methodist Concert Series in Columbia, Missouri.
Laura holds a DMA in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, where she studied with Timothy Stalter, David Puderbaugh, and Christine Getz. She earned an MM in Choral Conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Beverly Taylor, and a BA in Music from North Park University in Chicago. Laura also holds the internationally recognized Dalcroze Professional Certificate from the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, where she studied with Dr. Jeremy Dittus. A freelance writer, Laura serves as editor of Recorded Sound Reviews for the ACDA Choral Journal.