Dr. Laura Wiebe conducts the Conservatory Singers and teaches applied voice, music history, and other academic music courses on the Fayette campus. Originally from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, she received a DMA in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa under Timothy Stalter, an MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Beverly Taylor, and a BA in music with honors from North Park University (Chicago), where she studied conducting with Tom Zelle and Rollo Dilworth, and piano with Kuang-Hao Huang, Dora Alanen, and Kimberly Schmidt.

Dr. Wiebe has conducted collegiate, high school, church, and community ensembles throughout the Midwest. She has been a member of several professional choirs in the U.S. and abroad, including the Minnesota Chorale (symphonic choir of the Minnesota Orchestra) and the sacred ensemble Magdala in Oxford, England. She has also performed with the Madison Symphony Chorus and with master class choirs of the Association Celibidache in Gy, France and Trossingen, Germany. As a mezzo-soprano soloist, Dr. Wiebe has performed with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the new music group Ensemble: Périphérie, and on faculty recitals at Central Methodist University, Indian Hills Community College, and Coe College. In addition, she has performed with a variety of jazz artists and ensembles throughout the Midwest, including the Des Moines Big Band.

Dr. Wiebe's research and professional interests include the revival of Renaissance choral music in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century England, vocal and choral pedagogy, and phenomenology of music. In 2011, she was awarded a T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Iowa for research in Oxford and London. In January 2015, Dr. Wiebe will present as part of the panel discussion "Psalms Across the Empire: The Reform and Revival of Psalmody in the British Imperial Age" at the annual winter meeting of the American Society of Church History in New York City.

Professional Memberships

American Choral Directors Association, College Music Society,  National Association of Teachers of Singing