UVU Choral Program Growing, Distinguishing Itself As National Leader
July 26, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
Written by: Heather Wrigley
With invitations to appear at two of the most prestigious choral music events in the United States this year and two new choirs slated to be launched this fall, Utah Valley University’s Chamber Choir is fast becoming one of the country’s leading choirs.
“These invitations are proof that the choirs at UVU have become national and regional leaders of musical excellence,” said Reed Criddle, director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at UVU. “At UVU, our students are led by very capable administrators and faculty, which is why they have been able to achieve such excellence.”
One of only nine college choirs selected nationwide, the UVU Chamber Choir will perform at the national conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization this October in Charleston, S.C. A distinguished panel of collegiate conductors extended the invitation after listening to a performance recording of the choir during the blind audition process. In Charleston, the choir will perform “Requiem,” by British composer Herbert Howells.
The UVU Chamber Choir has also been invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association’s Western Division Conference in Santa Barbara, Calif., in February. The selection process for this conference was likewise by blind audition via recordings of the ensemble from the last three years. Every other year, the best choirs from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah are invited to perform at the conference.
In addition to the UVU Chamber Choir, two new choirs are to be founded at UVU this fall. Criddle will conduct the UVU Man Choir, for male UVU students. The new UVU Children’s Chorus, for community youth in grades 4-8, will be co-directed by Camille Kingman and Gwen Covington, both choir teachers from local junior high schools.
“The new choirs answer a desire we’ve recognized among the male student population at UVU and among the youth in our community,” Criddle said. “The UVU Man Choir will complement our Women’s Choir, conducted by Cherilyn Worthen, and will perform alongside the Chamber Choir and Women’s Choir at several events this fall, while the UVU Children’s Chorus will fill a need within the community for high-quality, non-denominational music performance opportunities.”
The addition of these two choirs will bring the number of choral ensembles at UVU to seven: UVU Chamber Choir (auditioned UVU students), UVU Women’s Choir (female students from UVU), UVU Man Choir (male students from UVU), UVU Concert Choir (non-auditioned UVU students), UVU Honors Quartet (UVU music scholarship students), Wasatch Chorale (community adults) and UVU Children’s Chorus (community youth).
Utah residents will have the opportunity to hear the UVU Chamber Choir live and free of charge at the Salt Lake City Tabernacle on October 12, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. The choir is the featured guest collegiate choir for the 2013 Utah All-State Choral Festival.
For more information about UVU’s choirs, visit uvu.edu/music or call 801-863-8347.