Criddle, Reed
Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor of Music

Last Updated: 1/14/19 -

Dr. Reed Criddle is Director of Choral Activities at Utah Valley University, where he conducts the Chamber Choir and Men’s Choir.  Recipient of the UVU School of the Arts Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award, Dr. Criddle also teaches advanced choral conducting, lyric diction, private voice, and private conducting.  UVU choirs under his direction have performed at the National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Western Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, and multiple state conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education.

As a U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar in Taiwan, Dr. Criddle researched Buddhist chant at the Fo Guang Shan Institute for Humanistic Buddhism (Kaohsiung) and Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (Taipei). His forthcoming book Chanting the Medicine Buddha Sutra, published by A-R Editions in their Recent Researches in the Oral Traditions of Music series, is a full musical transcription and new English translation of Buddhist monastic liturgy from the Liberation Rite of Water and Land. His pioneering translation of the third-century Chinese musical treatise by philosopher Ruan Ji is published by Asian Music (University of Texas Press).  

Dr. Criddle serves as past-president of the Utah chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and Utah board member for the National Collegiate Choral Organization.  His choral compositions and arrangements are available through Earthsongs, Hal Leonard, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing.  As recipient of the UVU Presidential Fellowship, he was commissioned to compose a piano concerto to be premiered during the opening season of the new UVU Noorda Center for the Performing Arts.  

Recent academic and professional music invitations include guest lecturer at the Taipei National University of the Arts (2018) and National Sun Yat-sen University (2018), conductor of the Utah Men's High School Honor Choir (2017), guest conductor of the Utah Valley Symphony (2016, 2014, 2012), keynote speaker at the China Children's Center in Beijing (2015), guest conductor of the Cypress Creek FACE Choral Festival in Spring, Texas (2015), professor-in-residence at Fudan University in Shanghai (2014), guest conductor of the Utah Junior High Honors Choral Festival (2014), keynote speaker for the Shanghai Music Conductors Association Conference (2014, 2013), professor-in-residence at Beijing Chemical Technology University (2013), guest conductor of Utah Lyric Opera (2012), and conductor-in-residence of Cuba's premier male choir, Sine Nomine in Havana (2012).  He has previously taught courses at the University of Michigan, Eastman Community Music School, and the Young Musicians Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Criddle completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting at the University of Michigan and Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the Eastman School of Music. At Stanford University, he received a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Chinese.  He is honored to consider as conducting mentors Robert Geary, Joseph Piazza, Stephen Sano, William Weinert, and Jerry Blackstone.