Dr. Sue T. Klausmeyer, conductor, has led numerous choirs in the Triangle. Since the fall of 2000, she has been at the helm of the 130-voice Voices. Her many innovations during the past ten years include creating the Voices Summer Chorus, Voices’ select vocal ensemble Cantari, and the Carolina International Chorale (CIC) that performed Carmina Burana in a unique choral festival in Italy in 2008.
In 2010, the Carolina International Chorale and String Ensemble toured Austria, The Czech Republic, and Hungary under her musical direction.
As conductor of the UNC Women’s Glee Club, she has led the Glee Club in concerts and tours since 2000. In 2002, she initiated the Carolina Women’s Choral Showcase, bringing together local high school women’s ensembles to participate in a concert and food drive to benefit the NC Food Bank.
Dr. Klausmeyer has held positions with Duke University Chapel, Duke Divinity School, Binkley Baptist Church, Worthington Presbyterian Church, and University United Methodist Church.
As part of her doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, she conducted the UC Women’s Glee Club and the Cabaret Singers, a vocal jazz ensemble. During the summer of 1997 she served as assistant director for the Cincinnati International Chorale’s tour of Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany.
In 2003 she was selected as a conducting fellow by Chorus America, a professional choral organization, for its national convention in Kansas City, where she had the opportunity to conduct the Dale Warland Singers and the Kansas City Chorale. She is frequently in demand as a clinician for high school and church choirs.
Dr. Klausmeyer is an accomplished singer and has performed as a mezzo-soprano with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in Carnegie Hall and as a soloist at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston and with the Westminster Choir in Spoleto, Italy. She has sung with the Cantari Singers of Columbus and the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati. In 1997, she was awarded a grant by the University of Cincinnati to study the choral manuscripts of Ralph Vaughan Williams in London, England.
She holds degrees in music from Meredith College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, and the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, where she earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts. She has pursued additional studies at the Oberlin College Baroque Performance Institute and at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where she studied voice and Baroque vocal techniques with Dutch baritone Max von Egmond.
Dr. Klausmeyer served as Guest Conductor of Women’s Voices Chorus during the spring semester of 2007. During this time she traveled with the group to perform in a Women’s Choral Festival in Washington, D.C. and conducted their spring concert. She also conducted a combined concert for WVC and the UNC Women’s Glee Club that Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Magnificat” for women, piano, and flute.
In recognition of her service to others and her work conducting the combined UNC Women’s Glee Club and Women’s Voices Chorus, Dr. Klausmeyer was featured as a Hometown Hero through the WCHL Village Pride Award in August, 2007.