As summer begins, join choir singers, teachers & conductors from across northern New England as we learn and sing together. This two-day conference features many opportunities to sing in reading sessions, chamber choirs, and the conference choir; as well as interest sessions,  and a keynote by Dr. Chris Kiver.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT
Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM EDT

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Castleton University 
45 Alumini Drive
Castleton, VT 05735

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Conference Coordinator:

Caleb Pillsbury 


Johanna Evans

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This jam-packed choral conference features:

 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! 

Interest and Reading sessions on choral music traditions, choral styles, language coaching, vocal technique

Participant’s Choice of a smaller chamber choir   led by our ACDA colleagues


Keynote Address by Dr. Chris Kiver

Opening Evening Reception and Contra Dance

Closing Conference Performance by the chamber choirs and all-conference choir



*NEW* Graduate Credit offered through Castleton

Students taking GATR for 1 credit are required to attend the Keynote address and three Interest Sessions, and to participate in one of the Chamber Choirs and the Conference Choir. Additionally, they must reflect on their experience through a typed journal. More information can be found here.



On Keynote Speaker Chris Kiver:

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.