- Registration (click here!) is now open
Register before May 1, 2017 for discounted rates!
- Interest Sessions & Chamber Choirs descriptions
with keynote speaker and conference conductor
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
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)
Music of Color
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
|Ensemble Building Warmup Techniques
|The Singing Culture of the Baltic Nations
|Session 2||The Three C’s of Circle Singing: Creativity, Collaboration, & Community
|Reading Session: Sacred Music
|Technology Tools for Better Practice and Assessment with Singers
|Session 3||Unpacking Brahms’ “Waldesnacht”
|How and Why to Commission a New Work For Your Ensemble
|Bridging the Gap Between Traditional Choir Settings & New, Creative Pedagogies
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Thursday evening reception
with Maple Jam (Vermont-based a cappella vocal jazz ensemble)
refreshments, meet & greet one another, contradances/waltzes
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closing conference performance, early Friday evening
by the chamber choirs and all-conference choir
Contact Caleb Pillsbury, conference coordinator
Stefanie Weigand, interest session coordinator
$ 80 Early registration* (by May 1, 2017)
$100 Regular registration* (after May 1 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, and the cost of the all-conference choir vocal score, that you may keep.
$ 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
Credit offered through Castleton University, Castleton, VT. $125 for 1 credit
Contact Sherrill Blodget, director of choral activities at Castleton, for details.
Christopher 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.