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DeKalb Festival Chorus welcomes new director, invites singers

August 5, 2014

Logo of the DeKalb Festival ChorusThe DeKalb Festival Chorus is welcoming Steven Grives as its new director for the 2014-2015 season.

Grives joins DFC as the sixth music director in the chorus’s four-decade history. He replaces Seth Houston, who has accepted an out-of-state position.

The chorus invites interested singers to join DFC this fall by attending the first rehearsal on at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in the NIU Music Building. New members are encouraged to come early to meet the new director, converse with other members and enjoy refreshments before the rehearsal begins.

Current members are well acquainted with Grives, who was the assistant director this past spring in preparing for the concert that featured Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughn Williams. Grives brings more than 15 years of experience as director of university, community and professional ensembles.

In addition to accepting this new role with DFC, he is the new director of Christ Lutheran Church of Claredon Hills. Over the past few years, he was visiting professor and director of choral ensembles at DePaul University in Chicago. He also directed the traditional choir at Immaculate Conception parish in Highland Park.

Steven Grives

Steven Grives

Grives serves as an active clinician and adjudicator for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and is editor of the choral review column in its journal. He holds a DMA in literature and performance of choral music from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The DeKalb Festival Chorus serves the greater DeKalb area through presenting two to three concerts of classical and contemporary choral music in the fall and spring. Its membership includes volunteer singers from DeKalb and surrounding counties of Boone, Kane and Ogle.

The chorus also has worked collaboratively with other ensembles including NIU choirs and orchestras, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Rock Valley College Choir, the Prairie Brass Band and other musicians from across northern Illinois.

For more information, contact Connie McCleary at (815) 517-0243 or [email protected].