Rachel Beeksma, Associate Artistic Director
Associate Artistic Director
M.M. Westminster Choir College
B.M. Northern Michigan University
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Associate Artistic Director, Rachel Beeksma, joined the staff of Milwaukee Children’s Choir in the fall of 2016.  As an advocate of music education, Mrs. Beeksma led a Wisconsin school to receive the 2014 GRAMMY Select Schools Enterprise Award, an award given to high schools music programs that are retaining their music programs amongst continued budgetary limitations.  She has educated students of all levels throughout Michigan, New Jersey, and Wisconsin in both schools and after school choral organizations.  As a choral music educator, Mrs. Beeksma has founded many new after school choral programs while also acting as a choreographer for choral groups and musicals. She also served as a conducting fellow for the internationally renowned Princeton Girlchoir, under the direction of Lynell Joy Jenkins.  As Associate Artistic Director of Milwaukee Children’s Choir, Mrs. Beeksma will also serve as Artistic Director of the Lake Country Children’s Choir, a satellite choral program of Milwaukee Children’s Choir. 
A native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Mrs. Beeksma has performed with many notable groups including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, and Vienna Philharmonic while under the direction of internationally renowned conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniele Gatti, Jacques Lacombe, Alan Gilbert, and Vladimir Jurowski.  While at Westminster Choir College, Mrs. Beeksma twice travelled to Oxford, England as a member of the GRAMMY nominated Westminster Williamson Voices where the choir served as artists in residents for the Oxford Choral Institute.  She has also performed with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at New York’s City’s Apollo Theater, for the visitation of the Archbishop of Loreto at St. John’s Church, Orange, NJ, and Julian Darius Revie’s Mass of the Divine Shepherd at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. 
Mrs. Beeksma holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan and a Master of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.  While at Westminster Choir College, she studied conducting with Dr. James Jordan and voice with Robin Leigh Massie.