Dr. Charles Rives - Guest Conductor and Music Director
Dr. Charles L. Rives retired after a distinguished 29 year career as Director of Choirs at Tarleton State University and 41 years as a choral conductor, music educator, and vocal pedagogue. Dr. Rives studied with some of the finest choral conductors in the United States including, Robert Shaw, Douglas McEwen, George Umberson, Ronald Shirey, and Donald Bailey. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
He was guest conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on the Tarleton campus for FWSO for productions of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rutter’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Te Deum, and Bach’s Cantata Number 4 Christ Lag In Todesbanden. Dr. Rives has also appeared as a guest conductor with a variety of choral ensembles throughout Texas and much of the Southwestern United States.
A gifted tenor soloist, Dr. Rives was selected through national auditions to sing with maestro Robert Shaw in a 1997 Carnegie Hall performance of the Elijah.
Dr. Lenora McCroskey - Rehearsal Accompanist and Performance Harpsichord and Organ
Professor Emeritus of music in the College of Music at the University of North Texas. In addition to teaching organ and harpsichord, she was the assistant director of Early Music Studies, teaching Baroque performance practice, continuo, and coaching chamber ensembles. Prior to her appointment at UNT, McCroskey was on the faculties of Stetson University, the Longy School in Cambridge, MA, the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and was Assistant Organist/Choirmaster in the Memorial Church at Harvard University. She is a Fellow of the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. Currently, Director of Music, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Denton.
Recent activities include writing part of the preface to the new edition of Grigny's Premier Livre d'Orgue (Leupold Editions); Bach, St. Matthew Passion, continuo I; continuo in other area concerts; Steering Committee (Workshops), 2017 AGO Regional Convention in Dallas; volunteer at a preschool for at-risk children.