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Chamber Choir

The Honors Music Institute presents a well-rounded curriculum of instruction and performance opportunities for singers dedicated to the discipline of choral music.

The maximum number of students selected to participate in the Chamber Choir is limited to 32.

Click on "How to Apply", found on the left side of this page, for audition video and application information.

The daily schedule for Chamber Choir members will include the following:

  • Chamber Choir rehearsals

  • Voice Master Class  (taught by School of Music faculty)

  • Opera Chorus (acting/singing on stage)

  • Musicianship (sight singing/ear training)

  • Common Hour (featuring a different musical topic or opportunity each day, TBA)

  • Evening recitals

  • Students will have the opportunity to have a 30 or 45 minute private lesson with HMI faculty.

Christopher Kiver, Director of Choral Activities

Chris Kiver

Christopher Kiver is director of choral activities at Penn State, where he directs the 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 in State College, Pennsylvania, and serves as director of music at the University Baptist and Brethren Church. 

Choirs under Kiver’s direction have performed at state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education. He has taught at the Westminster Choir College Summer program, the Saturday Seminar programs, and has 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 (ACDA). He serves the same function for the Eastern Division of ACDA, is immediate past president of the Pennsylvania chapter 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 Choral 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. Kiver is a graduate of the University of London, Florida State University, and the University of Michigan, where he received his doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting.

The following list represents examples of the type of repertoire students will study and perform:

    o A round of three country dances in one, Thomas Ravenscroft

    o Modern Music, William Billings

    o If ye love me, Thomas Tallis

    o Kyrie from Mass in G, Franz Schubert

    o Ola! O che bon eccho, Orlande de Lassus

    o La Serenata, Francesco Paolo Tosti

    o Ching-a-ring-chaw, Aaron Copland