Dr. Reed Criddle, Artistic Director (2010-2016)
Dr. Reed Criddle is Director of Choral Activities at Utah Valley University, where he coordinates a choral program of six choirs and conducts the Chamber Choir and Men’s Choir. Recipient of the 2013 UVU School of the Arts Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award, Dr. Criddle also teaches advanced choral conducting, lyric diction, private voice, and private conducting. UVU choirs under his direction have performed at the National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and at the Western Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association.
Dr. Criddle is President of the American Choral Directors Association-Utah and Utah board member for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. His compositions and arrangements are available through Earthsongs and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and his pioneering 2006 translation of the third-century Chinese musical treatise by philosopher Ruan Ji is published by Asian Music (University of Texas Press).
Recent invitations include professor-in-residence/guest conductor at Fudan University (summers 2015, 2014), guest conductor of the Utah Junior High Honors Choral Festival (2014), keynote speaker for the Shanghai Music Conductors Association Conference (2014, 2013), professor-in-residence/guest conductor at Beijing Chemical Technology University (summer 2013), guest conductor of Utah Lyric Opera (2012), and conductor-in-residence of Sine Nomine (summer 2012), Cuba's professional, male ensemble. 2015 guest conducting invitations include the Weber District Junior High Festival Choir in Utah and the Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts Invitational High School Choral Festival Choir near Houston, Texas.
He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at the University of Michigan and his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at the Eastman School of Music. At Stanford University, he received his Masters of Arts in East Asian Studies and Bachelors of Arts in Vocal Performance and Chinese. Previous teaching posts include the University of Michigan, Eastman Community Music School, and the Young Musicians Program at the University of California, Berkeley.