Dwight Bigler is associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Virginia Tech where he conducts the VT Chamber Singers and teaches courses in choral and vocal literature, composition, and conducting. He is also the music director of the Blacksburg Master Chorale. Bigler regularly conducts masterworks for choir and orchestra, and under his direction, the VT Chamber Singers have performed in Carnegie Hall, at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference, at the Vatican, and throughout Italy, Ireland, and Spain. He has conducted concerts and workshops throughout the United States and in Austria, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Indonesia, and Italy. He has also held positions at Colorado State University–Fort Collins, Trinity University, and was pianist and assistant conductor of the Dale Warland Singers.
As a composer, Bigler has received two commissions from the Barlow Endowment and multiple commissions from choirs around the country. His recent composition for choir and wind ensemble, Three Appalachian Songs, was performed in Carnegie Hall and subsequently published by Boosey & Hawkes. He was a winner in the 2011 National Collegiate Choral Organization Choral Music Series composition contest. Bigler’s compositions are published by Alliance, Boosey & Hawkes, E.C. Schirmer, Hinshaw, Oxford, and Walton Music.
As a pianist, Bigler has won solo and concerto contests and performed with professional and university orchestras in Idaho and Utah. He has also studied organ, oboe, flute, and percussion. Bigler has performed as a collaborative pianist in recitals with faculty colleagues and choirs nationally and internationally throughout his career. Bigler holds degrees from Brigham Young University (B.M. in Piano Performance, M.M. in Choral Conducting) and The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. in Choral Conducting).
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