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Mr. Joseph Rivers joins Highlands High School as the new Director of Choral Activities starting August 2021. He will direct Chorale, Bel Canto, Chamber Choir, co-direct 8th Grade Chorus with Mrs. Beth Rowland, and teach AP Music Theory
Mr. Rivers is coming from Mount St. Joseph University where he served as the Director of Choral Acitivities from 2018-2021. He taught music education, sacred music, musical theatre, and conducted the University Singers.
Professionally, Mr. Rivers sings with a variety of choral ensembles including the recording choir Coro Volante with Dr. Brett Scott, and Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble with Dr. Craig Hella Johnson.
Outside of choral music, Mr. Rivers has a great passion for musical theatre. During the summer, he serves as the Music Director of the Commonwealth Artist Student Theatre. Previous productions with CAST include Spamalot (2016), Les Misérables (2017), Shrek the Musical (2018), Spring Awakening (2019), Newsies (2020), and Big Fish (2021).
Mr. Rivers holds degrees from Morehead State (BME) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music (MM in Music Eudcation). He earned his Rank I through additional graduate work at the doctoral level at CCM in Choral Conducting.
Mr. Rivers is a proud member of the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.