Dr. Reed Criddle is Director of Choral Activities at Utah Valley University, where he coordinates a choral program of five choirs and 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.
Dr. Criddle is past-president of the Utah chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and Utah board member for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. His compositions and arrangements are available through Earthsongs, Hal Leonard, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and his pioneering 2006 translation of the third-century Chinese musical treatise by philosopher Ruan Ji is published by Asian Music (University of Texas Press). As recipient of the 2017 UVU Presidential Fellowship, he was commissioned to compose a piano concerto to be premiered during the 2019 opening season of the new UVU Noorda Center for the Performing Arts.
As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, Dr. Criddle researched Buddhist chant at the Institute for Humanistic Buddhism in Taiwan. Other recent invitations include guest lecturer at the Taipei National University of the Arts (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).
Dr. Criddle completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at the University of Michigan and his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at the Eastman School of Music. At Stanford University, he received his Masters of Arts in East Asian Studies and Bachelors of Arts in Vocal Performance and Chinese. Previous teaching posts include the University of Michigan, Eastman Community Music School, and the Young Musicians Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He is honored to consider as conducting mentors Robert Geary, Joseph Piazza, Stephen Sano, William Weinert, and Jerry Blackstone.