Guy Forbes is recognized across the country as a gifted composer and conductor. Dr. Forbes joined the Millikin University School of Music faculty in 1995 as the Associate Conductor of Choirs where he conducts the Millikin Chamber Chorale, one of the top two auditioned university choirs. Created for the study and performance of standards from the choral cannon, the group has been widely acclaimed for its musicianship and musical sensitivity. As the founding director of the Chamber Chorale, Dr. Forbes has conducted nine performance tours across the Midwest, as well as choir tours in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Ontario Canada. The Chamber Chorale cut its first CD in 2006 - From the Heart - available through First Step Records.
In addition to his work with the Chamber Chorale, he also directs the Millikin Madrigal Singers and serves as one of the conductors of the Millikin Vespers program - a 50 year choral/orchestral event with an annual attendance of over 6000.
In 2005, Dr. Forbes began writing choral music and has quickly received critical acclaim for his work. His first composition, Ave Maria (SSAA), won first prize in the 2005 Roger Wagner Contemporary Choral Composition Contest. This work, recently reviewed in the Choral Journal (Sept 2008), was cited as being:
"a graceful blend of tradition and newness which will be satisfying to advanced high school, collegiate, and church choirs...a refreshing addition to the sacred repertoire [that is] likely to become a contemporary classic for women's ensembles."
His first SATB composition, O Nata Lux (SATB), won the 2006 Vanguard Voices Premieres Choral Composition Contest and has since been performed by university choirs across the country.
Since his debut as a composer, his compositions have been performed at numerous ACDA and MENC conferences. His setting of Cantate Domino (SSAA) has just been recently selected for performance by both the 2008 Wisconsin All-State Choir and the 2009 New Mexico All-State Choir. Currently Dr. Forbes has compositions published with Alliance Music Publications, Inc., Hinshaw Music, Pavane Publishing, and Treble Clef Music Press.