Jeffrey Buettner, DMA

Jeffrey Buettner, DMA is Associate Professor of Music at Middlebury College, where he directs the choral program and conducts College Choir, and is co-founder of the Middlebury Bach Festival. He is the founding conductor of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Chorus and Concert Chorale, and President of the Vermont chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Professor Buettner was a Fulbright scholar (2010) to the I. Kotlyarevski Kharkov State University of Arts in Kharkov, Ukraine where he taught American choral music and tradition, and conducting. He is also a recipient of a Whiting Foundation grant to study 16th and 17th century counterpoint in Leipzig and London. He was selected to conduct at the Philadelphia Bach Institute with Helmut Riling in February, 2010.  In summer 2009 he served as Artistic Director of “Heritage in Harmony,” a cultural exchange program for high school students from Vermont, Quebec and France. In summer of 2008 he was choral conductor for the Rome Festival in Rome, Italy and conducted the Middlebury Opera production of La Bohème by Puccini. 

At Middlebury, Jeffrey Buettner directs a choral program that includes auditioned student ensembles in addition to a college and community chorus. He teaches musicianship, fundamental music theory, ensemble singing, and his own course “Everything A Cappella,” in which students study the history of Western European and North American music traditions and create original a cappella performances. His recent areas of study include 17th and 18th century European choral music and music of Ukrainian Roma (“Gypsy Choirs”), as well as new choral works. His most recent work includes a revised and abbreviated choral performance edition of Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice," performed at the New York Summer Music Festival and by the Middlebury College Choir.

Buettner has conducted choirs at Earlham, Hope and Simpson Colleges, and prepared opera and oratorio choruses for the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Des Moines Metro Opera in Iowa, Richmond Symphony in Indiana and children’s choir for the Cincinnati May Festival in Ohio. He has conducted regional choral festivals in the Midwest and Northeast, including the New Hampshire All-State Chamber Music Festival, Vermont ACDA Madrigal Festival and district festivals and the New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta. His work as an arranger and composer has led to performances by college, community and professional choruses and orchestras, including a performance at a national convention of the American Choral Directors Association. He has presented his research on music of Ukrainian Roma (“Gypsy Choirs”) at College Music Society national and international conferences. An organist, he currently plays at the Congregational Church of Middlebury where he frequently collaborates with area musicians in chamber ensembles.

Jeffrey Buettner received his DMA from Michigan State University, where he conducted the Collegiate Choir. He received his MM from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and BM from St. Olaf College. He joined the Middlebury faculty in 2007.


Department of Music

Mahaney Center for the Arts
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Middlebury College
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