Leadership

Joseph Svendsen

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

JOSEPH SVENDSEN was named Artistic Director of the Las Vegas Master Singers for the 2021-22 season. He is currently the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During his tenure the UNLV choral ensembles have collaborated with the Las Vegas Master Singers and the Las Vegas Philharmonic in performances of Ein Deutsches Requiem, Carmina Burana, and Beethoven's Symphony No.9. Other recent works include Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Haydn's Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, Charpentier's Te Deum h.146, and Schutz's Johannespassion.


Svendsen is the Chorus Master for Opera Las Vegas, where he made his company debut with 2017's Rigoletto under the baton of Gregory Buchalter. He has since prepared choruses for La Cenerentola, L'elisir d'amore, and Don Pascuale. He is scheduled to make his conducting company debut with the world premiere of Emily Clements's Letters to Lily and will prepare choruses for Tosca and Michael Torke's Strawberry Fields for the 2021-22 season.


Other professional engagements include singing tenor with Anúna and the San Antonio Chamber Choir, serving as a guest conductor for various honor choir festivals, and working as a church music director and cantor in Lutheran and Methodist churches. He is the lead conductor of the Las Vegas Sacred Music Institute.


Svendsen holds a doctorate in choral conducting, a master's degree in music education, and bachelor's degrees in music and English.

Barbara Buer

PIANO

BARBARA BUER is accompanist for The Las Vegas Master Singers. Upon moving to Las Vegas in 1998 she joined the choir as a singer and has served as accompanist or singer for almost 20 years. She also currently serves as Coordinator of Outreach for the Master Singers and leads the Caring Voices as they take concerts to the residents of memory care facilities. She is active in the Las Vegas area both as a free-lance accompanist and paraprofessional at the Las Vegas Academy of the Performing Arts. She is past Organist and Director of Music for Grace in the Desert, Episcopal, in Summerlin.

Previously she taught at The Meadows School for several years where her duties included teaching middle school and high school choir, teaching kindergarten music and providing music direction for musical productions as well as accompanying the elementary level programs and choir. Her students were selected for CCSD All-State and ACDA Western Division Honor Choirs.

Numerous recital and concert tours have taken her to Norway, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium as well as several U. S. cities. She has toured as soloist, duo-recitalist, conductor and accompanist. Buer has extensive orchestral experience performing as continuo or ensemble player with the San Fernando Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra, Los Angeles Baroque Society, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. She has been featured as soloist playing the Saint-Saens Third Symphony and performing the Poulenc Organ Concerto with Dance Theater of Harlem. Buer has served as recital and choral accompanist for several institutions and choirs including Pasadena City College, Beverly Hills High School, Foothill Master Chorale, California State University at Northridge, and the University of Southern California.

Conductors Buer has worked with include Jocelyn Jensen, David Weiller, Harold Weller, Susan L. Johnson, Joel Pressman, Donald Brinegar, Charles Hirt, James Vail, Daniel Lewis, Elmer Bernstein, Gerhard Samuel, John Byun, Jo Michael Scheibe, Ron Carpenter, Paul Polivnick, Paul Torkelson, Jo Ann Falletta, Rollo Dilworth and Iona Brown.