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The Orpheus Singers


Making Music since May 2012

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The Orpheus Singers


Making Music since May 2012

About Us

Formed in May 2012, the Orpheus Singers is an auditioned chamber choir comprising community members and students at Penn State University. Founded and directed by Christopher Kiver, the choir comes together for specific projects. The Orpheus Singers has performed with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, at the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival (sponsored by Penn State University), the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, as part of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass (presented by Penn State University in April 2013), and as part of Puccini’s La Bohème (presented by Penn State in March 2015).

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Upcoming & Past Performances


Upcoming & Past Performances


Upcoming Performances


Handel's Messiah

The Orpheus Singers will perform Handel's Messiah with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra at the State Theatre in December 2017. Performances are Sunday, Dec 10 2:30 & 7:00pm. Ticket information here: http://www.centreorchestra.org/20152016/

Rehearsals are as follows:
Wednesdays 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, all 7:00-9:00PM
Thursday 12/7, 7:00-10:00

Come sing with us! To arrange an audition to participate,
contact Christopher Kiver at cak27@psu.edu. 

 

 

PAST PERFORMANCES

  • Saturday, June 17, 2017: Bach's Magnificat with the Music at Penn's Woods Orchestra @ Esber Recital Hall, Penn State University

  • Sunday, December 11th, 2016, 7:30pm: Handel's Messiah with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra @ Schwab Auditorium, Penn State University

  • Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, 7:30pm: Handel's Messiah with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra@ Faith United Methodist Church, Bellefonte, PA

  • Wednesday, April 20th, 2016: "Sacred & Profane" (with Music at the Palmer @ the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University)
  • Wednesday, December 16th, 2015: Handel's Messiah (with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra @ Faith United Methodist Church, Bellefonte, PA)
  • Sunday, December 13th, 2015: Handel's Messiah (with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra @ Schwab Auditorium, Penn State University)
  • Thursday, July 9th, 2015: I Hear America Singing! From Billings to Broadway (with the Central PA Arts Festival @ the State College Presbyterian Church, State College, PA)
  • Saturday, March 28th & Sunday, March 29th, 2015: Puccini's La Bohème (with the Penn State School of Music and the Center for Performing Arts @ Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State University)
  • Wednesday, December 17th, 2014: Handel's Messiah (with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra @ the First Presbyterian Church, Hollidaysburg, PA)
  • Monday, December 15th, 2014: Handel's Messiah (with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra @ Our Lady of Victory Church, State College, PA)
  • Thursday, July 10th, 2014: "Sweet Lovers Love the Spring" (with the Central PA Arts Festival)
  • Wednesday, April 16th, 2014: "The Art of Music: Sweet Lovers Love the Spring" (with Music at the Palmer @ the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University)
  • Thursday, December 5th, 2013: Handel's Messiah (with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra @ the State College Alliance Church, State College, PA)
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013: "Five Mystical Songs" (Vaughan Williams) and "Orpheus with His Lute" (Macfarren) (with Music at the Palmer @ the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University)
  • Friday, April 5, 2013: Leonard Bernstein's Mass (with the Penn State School of Music and the Center for the Performing Arts @ the Eisenhower Auditorium)
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2012: Music at Penns Woods Chamber Music Concert
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The Director


The Director


Christopher kiver

Christopher Kiver is the director of choral activities at Penn State University. He conducts 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 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.

Contact Us


Contact Us


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