Full Bio


Wishart Bell serves as founding Artistic Director of Vesper Chorale Inc. of South Bend, Indiana, and maintains a career as a pianist and choral music specialist. In his capacity as Artistic Director for Vesper Chorale, Inc. he conducts Vesper Chorale, Vesper Chamber Orchestra, and the Children's Choir of Michiana.

He is the Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church, and directs Cantus Cathedralis, a polyphonic choir based at St. Matthew Cathedral of South Bend. He additionally teaches voice at Bethel College, and is active as a choral clinician with adult and children's choirs and handbells.

A graduate of Trinity College and the American Conservatory of Music, Dr. Bell holds the advanced degrees Master of Music in piano, and Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting. With emphasis in both choral and orchestral conducting, he has studied with Charles Heffernan, Harold Decker, Tsung Yeh, and Harold Farberman, and has attended classes with Kenneth Kiesler, Helmuth Rilling and Robert Shaw. He has also taken advanced study in vocal pedagogy, with Richard Miller, at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

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  1. And the Glory of the Lord,
    from Handel's "Messiah"

  2. And He Shall Purify,
    from Handel's "Messiah"

  3. In Paradisum,
    from Fauré's "Requiem"

  4. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,
    arr. Mark Hayes

  5. Sanctus,
    from Fauré's "Requiem"

  6. Praise to the Lord,
    by Hugo Distler

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Rehearsal, December 2006

Pre-Messiah, December 2003

Children's choir of Michiana, 2007

Children's choir of Michiana, 2007

Performance of Vivaldi & Motzart, December 2006

Vesper Chamber Orchestra, December 2006

© 2008 Wishart Bell, D.M.A