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Christopher Kiver is Director of Choral Activities at Pennsylvania State University whereDr. Christopher Kiver
he directs the Concert Choir and Penn State Glee Club, oversees the graduate choral
conducting program and teaches classes in choral conducting and choral literature. He is
founder and director of the Music at Penn’s Woods Choir 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 and the Music Educators National Conference.
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 and New Zealand.

Kiver is President of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors
Association (ACDA), serves as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Men’s Choirs for
the Eastern Division of ACDA, and is Choral Content Area Representative for the
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA).

A native of England, he has received numerous prizes and scholarships including a
Fulbright Award, and the 2002 Sydney World Symposium Foundation Scholarship. In
February 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..

 

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