Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Studies
Originally from Oakland, California, Dr. Reed Criddle is Director of Choral Studies at Utah Valley University. He conducts
the Utah Valley University Chamber Choir, Masterworks Chorale, and Women’s Choir, and teaches private voice and
advanced choral conducting. He is also artistic director and conductor of the Wasatch Chorale, a 100-voiced mixed
chorus representing Utah and Salt Lake counties. During the summer, Dr. Criddle is Director of Choirs for the Young
Musicians Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he conducts both high school and middle school
choruses, and teaches voice, advanced theory, and chamber music.
Dr. Criddle received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at the University of Michigan, under the
tutelage of Dr. Jerry Blackstone and Dr. Paul Rardin. He has a Masters of Music from the Eastman School of Music,
where he studied conducting with Dr. William Weinert and Brad Lubman, and voice with Karen Holvik. He has also
completed Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees in Music (Vocal Performance), Chinese, and East Asian
Studies from Stanford University. At Eastman, he was awarded the Certificate in Community and College Teaching
for founding and instructing a conducting course at the Eastman Community Music School. In 2007, he was selected
to study conducting with Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival. Additional conducting masterclasses teachers
include Chanticleer, Vance George, Joseph Flummerfelt, Ann Howard Jones, Duain Wolfe, and Ragnar Bohlin.
Reed Criddle has conducted a variety of collegiate ensembles, such as the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club,
the University of Michigan Orpheus Singers, the Eastman Repertory Singers, the Eastman Women’s Chorus, and the
Stanford Chamber Chorale. For the 2009-10 season, Dr. Criddle was chorusmaster for the University of Michigan Opera
Program. An advocate for quality musical arts in the community, he has also served as artistic director of the Livingston
County Chorale (Brighton, MI), the Taiwanese Choral Society of Rochester (Rochester, NY), the Rochester Mormon
Choir, and was Minister of Music at the United Methodist Church of North Chili. He was also chorusmaster for the 120-
voice University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra Chorus’ first performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Dr.
Criddle has adjudicated district and state high school choral festivals in Michigan, and is an active clinician and guest
conductor. His reviews and scholarly articles ranging in topics from ethnomusicology to new choral compositions have
been published in the Choral Journal and Asian Music.