Dr. Charissa Chiaravalloti

Dr. Charissa Chiaravalloti
Associate Professor of Music
Chair of the Performing Arts Department


  • Choral conducting
  • Choral music of the American Southwest
  • Vocal performance
  • Vocal technique
  • Music theory
  • Music history
  • Music education
  • Opera


  • D.M.A., Arizona State University, 2012
  • M.M., University of Wyoming, 2004
  • B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 1995


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About Dr. Charissa Chiaravalloti

Charissa Chiaravalloti is an associate professor in the Music Department at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2012 and currently serves as the Director of Choral Activities. She coordinates and oversees all aspects of the undergraduate choral program, as well as developing and instructing the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Men’s Choir, and Hawkapella, an auditioned, highly-select mixed a cappella ensemble. As an instructor of Music and Music Education courses, Chiaravalloti conceptualized and conducted a choral tour to northern Italy, Munich, and Salzburg in 2015. She organizes the annual High School Honor Choir Festival, hosted at Fort Lewis College. Prior to joining the faculty at Fort Lewis College, Chiaravalloti was an Assistant Chorus Master for the Phoenix Symphony, a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University, the Director of Performing Arts for Colorado Northwestern Community College, and the Music Program Coordinator at Whatcom Community College.

Chiaravalloti serves as a faculty liaison to the Artist in Residence committee, which supplies funding for guest artists in the music program, and as a faculty advisor for the National Association for Music Education Student Chapter (National Association for Future Music Educators). She is a member of several professional associations, including the American Choral Director’s Association, the College Music Society, and the National Association for Music Education.

Selected performances

Vocal director/choral mistress/pit conductor, The Producers, Fort Lewis College, 2015

Mezzo Soprano, Music in the Mountains concert series, Durango, CO, 2014

Alto (octet), “The Star Spangled Banner,” Republican Presidential Debate, Mesa, AZ, 2012

Lecture-recital, “The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore by Gian Carlo Menotti,” Arizona State University, 2011

In the media

Associate Professor of Music Charissa Chiaravalloti was named a “Teacher of the Week” by Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre for being "one of those teachers that changes your life." [10/24/18]