Linda Mack Berven, a native of the Chicago area, received her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. As Director of Choral Activities and Professor Emerita of Music at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, she conducted three choirs and taught conducting, choral methods and voice. She currently serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Durango Choral Society, a 95-member auditioned community choir that regularly performs major works with orchestra, as well as new music. The Choral Society has premiered a number of commissioned works, and in 2009 the choir performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of John Rutter.
Dr. Mack Berven served as Music Director and Conductor of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale from 2004-2007. Her recent conducting engagements include performances with the Animas Music Festival, the Showcase Concert Series, the San Juan Symphony, and the Corsi Internazionali di Musica Festival in Urbino, Italy. In 2003 she conducted world premieres for choir and percussion by composers from Sweden, France, and the United States at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Mack Berven made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2010. She appeared as a guest conductor at the Varna Music Academy’s Central Europe Choral Orchestral Festival in summer 2010.
Dr. Mack Berven was head of faculty and soprano section leader of the Berkshire Choral Festival for six years, and was engaged as soprano section leader and an assistant conductor of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for nine years. She has sung as a chorister in France with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and with the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop, as well as with Santa Fe Pro Musica, the New Texas Festival, and the Victoria Bach Festival. Dr. Mack has presented clinics for the Colorado Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association on the topics of vocal health in the choral rehearsal, repertoire selection, and contest preparation, and has published articles on these topics.