Gather at the River 2017

We’d love to see you at our third biennial choral conference
June 22-23, 2017
this year at
Castleton University

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with keynote speaker and conference conductor
Christopher Kiver
Director of Choral Activities at
Penn State School of Music

Sponsored by Vermont chapter of the
American Choral Directors Association

As summer begins, join choir singers, teachers & conductors
from across northern New England and beyond as we learn and sing together

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This jam-packed choral conference features (check back frequently for updates!):

keynote address by Dr. Chris Kiver
(bio below)

all-conference choir under the
engaging direction of Chris Kiver
featuring Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes, op. 52.
We’ll explore a ‘lighter’ side of Brahms
with these delightful pieces,
have fun as we learn to master singing in German,
and consider the waltz both as dance and as song!

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participant’s choice of a smaller chamber choir
(preparing 3-5 pieces for performance)
led by our ACDA colleagues
Sandra Howard (Keene State College, NH)
Music for Home and Heart
David Fryling (Hofstra University, NY; eVoco Voice Collective)
Music for the Afternoon and Night
  Jeff Buettner (Middlebury College, Middlebury Bach Festival)
Of Dreams and Passions  (for treble voices)

interest sessions on choral music traditions,
choral styles, language coaching, vocal technique

presenter bios, chamber choir & session descriptions may be viewed at

Session 1 Using IPA to Streamline Learning of Foreign Language Works
David Castonguay
Ensemble Building Warmup Techniques
David Fryling
The Singing Culture of the Baltic Nations
Bethany Plissey
Session 2 The Three C’s of Circle Singing: Creativity, Collaboration, & Community
Stephen Paparo
Reading Session: Sacred Music
Jeff Rehbach
Technology Tools for Better Practice and Assessment with Singers
James Frankel
Session 3 Unpacking Brahms’ “Waldesnacht”
Christopher Kiver
How and Why to Commission a New Work For Your Ensemble
Matt LaRocca
Bridging the Gap Between Traditional Choir Settings & New, Creative Pedagogies
Andrea Maas

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Thursday evening: ‘mini-concert’ and reception
with Maple Jam  (Vermont-based a cappella vocal jazz ensemble)
followed by a reception to
meet & greet one another, enjoy refreshments*
(*bring something to share, if you wish!)
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closing conference performance, early Friday evening

by the chamber choirs and all-conference choir

Additional Information

Sherrill Blodget, Castleton site contact

Caleb Pillsbury, general information

Stefanie Weigand, interest session coordinator

Registration now!


$  80 Early registration* (by May 10, 2017)
$100 Regular registration* (after May 10 or on-site)
$  30 Student early-bird registration* (by May 1)
$  50 Student registration* (after May 1 or on-site)
*registration fee includes all conference events, Thursday evening reception

On-campus housing**
$  50 per person for a double dorm room on campus and Friday breakfast, or
$  60 per person for a single and breakfast
**optional; you may make your own housing arrangements

$  15 each day for lunch (catered buffet)***
***optional; you may make your own arrangement;
please note that lunch spots in town are limited and we encourage everyone to share lunch together

Graduate Credit
Credit offered through Castleton University, Castleton, VT. $125 for 1 credit
Contact Sherrill Blodget, director of choral activities at Castleton, for details.


Christopher KiverChristopher Kiver conducts the Penn State Concert Choir and Glee Club, oversees the graduate choral conducting program, and teaches classes in choral conducting and choral literature. He is founder and director of The Orpheus Singers and serves as Director of Music at the University Baptist and Brethren Church in State College. Kiver is a graduate of the University of London, Florida State University and the University of Michigan where he received the D.M.A. in choral conducting.

Choirs under Kiver’s direction have performed at state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and National Association for Music Education. He has taught at the Westminster Choir College Summer and Saturday Seminar programs, and appeared as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator in the United States, Australia, China, and New Zealand.

Kiver is national chair for the Repertoire and Standards Committee on Male Choirs for the American Choral Directors Association, and a past-president of the Pennsylvania chapter of ACDA.

A native of England, he has received numerous prizes and scholarships including a Fulbright Award, and the 2002 Sydney World Symposium Foundation Scholarship. In 2006, he was a double Grammy Award winner (“Best Choral Performance” and “Best Classical Album”) as a chorus master for the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of William Bolcom’s monumental Songs of Innocence and of Experience.