Gisèle Becker is one of the Washington, D.C., area’s leading choral conductors. Her vision of musical excellence and commitment to imaginative programming have earned her the highest admiration and respect from professional colleagues and audiences alike. Of a recent concert under her baton, The Washington Post noted, “For sheer tonal sumptuousness, it would be hard to beat the sounds that poured from the 29-voice Cantate Chamber Singers … conductor Gisèle Becker has her forces well trained and their light agility was as easy-sounding as their powerful blasts.”
Cantate’s music director since January 1994, Becker also serves as Director of Choral Activities at The George Washington University, where she conducts the University Singers and Chamber Choir. For 26 years she served as a singer and assistant conductor of the Washington Bach Consort, and she also served for ten years as Chorus Master for the Cathedral Choral Society.
Becker’s extensive experience in choral preparation has included the Folger Consort’s Dido and Aeneas, Cathedral Choral Society performances of Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d for guest conductor Robert Shaw, Washington Bach Consort performances of Handel’s Messiah with conductor Robert King, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with Harry Christophers, and Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 4 and Sofia Gubaidulina’s The Canticle of the Sun with the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin conducting. She has served on the faculties of Trinity College and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., as well as the University of Maryland.