DeKalb Festival Chorus welcomes new director

DeKALB – The DeKalb Festival Chorus announces Dr. Steven Grives will be its director for the 2014-2015 season. Grives is the chorus' sixth music director in its 40-plus year 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 at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in the music building at Northern Illinois University, 400 Lucinda Ave. 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, as he was the assistant director this past spring. 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 Clarendon 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. He 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. Grives holds a DMA in literature and performance of choral music from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The DeKalb Festival Chorus is a community chorus that serves the greater DeKalb area through presenting concerts of classical and contemporary choral music. Its membership includes volunteer singers from DeKalb and surrounding counties. DFC presents two to three concerts a year at area churches and NIU. The chorus has also worked collaboratively with other ensembles including NIU choirs and orchestra, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Rock Valley College Choir, Prairie Brass Band from Arlington Heights and various musicians from the greater northern Illinois region.

For more information, contact Connie McCleary at 815-517-0243 or cmcleary12@comcast.net.

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