José Rivera

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Dr. José Rivera

Professor, Choral Music Coordinator of the Music Education Program

Moore Hall, 137



Dr. José Rivera, Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of North Carolina- Pembroke and serves as the Coordinator of Music Education and conducts the University Chorale. Dr. Rivera has conducted numerous Honor and All-State Choirs across the US and abroad including Cantaré, Latin-American Honor Choir at the ACDA Southern Region Conference, All-State choirs in North Carolina, Florida, California, and Alabama. He has conducted and presented choral workshops at the Universidad National Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, Universidad de Las Americas (UDLAP) in Puebla, Mexico, Instituto Superior de las Artes in Havana, Cuba, Universidad de Mendoza in Argentina, and the DoDEA High School Chorus Festival in Oberwesel, Germany.

His research areas include teacher preparation and Global Music with a focus on the choral music traditions of Latin America and has presented choral clinics and lectures at state, regional, and national American Choral Director Association, and the National Association for Music Educators conferences. He has published research articles of Latin American choral music in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Choral Journal. Dr. Rivera has previously served as the ACDA Repertoire Resource for World Musics and Cultures Southern Division and National Chair.  Last year he and his partners founded La Vox Music Publishing, a choral music publisher specializing in Latin American choral music.  Dr. Rivera received his Ph.D, MM.E, and undergraduate degrees from Florida State University. He currently serves as the NC-ACDA President-elect and thoroughly enjoys preparing future music educators in North Carolina.