Gather at the River 2017

Save the date for our third biennial choral conference!
Registration opens in late February 2017

June 22-23, 2017

this year at
Castleton University

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

This jam-packed choral conference features:

a keynote address by Dr. Chris Kiver
(bio below)

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

reading sessions with a variety of repertoire

performances/workshops with invited choirs

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!

participant’s choice of a smaller chamber choir
led by our ACDA colleagues
(preparing 3-5 pieces for performance)

opening evening reception

closing conference performance
by the chamber choirs and all-conference choir


Would you like to present an interest session?
We’d love to hear your idea!
See details and application form here as a
PDF: PDF-gatr-call-for-proposals-2017
or Word doc: Word-gatr-call-for-proposals-2017

Contact Stefanie Weigand by February 6, 2017


Additional Information

Contact Caleb Pillsbury, conference coordinator

Registration begins at the end February 2017


$  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.

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.