Dr. Charissa Chiaravalloti is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Fort Lewis College. As director of the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Men’s Choir, and Hawkappella, Chiaravalloti is recognized for her innovative style of conducting and teaching, fun and challenging warm-ups, eclectic repertoire selection, and dedication to performance of choral music at the highest level possible. She also teaches music history and general and choral music education classes and is a sought-after clinician, coach, and guest director for choral festivals and events in the region.
In May of 2015, Chiaravalloti organized an international performance tour to Italy, Germany, and Austria, where the choir performed in notable venues like Basilica San Marco in Venice, the Salzburg Dom, and Basilica San Francesco in Assisi. 50 students were in attendance and all four of the choirs were well represented on the tour. Additional touring opportunities for students are planned on a rotating three to four year schedule, and choirs are actively performing in local and regional venues as well.
Chiaravalloti received her DMA in conducting from Arizona State University in May of 2012, and while in Arizona, conducted the ASU Schola Cantorum (the elite undergraduate mixed choir), the ASU Women’s Chorus, and other graduate level choral ensembles in special projects. As director of the ASU Women’s Chorus, Chiaravalloti had her professional conducting debut with Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony, in a performance of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Chiaravalloti spent the 2011-2012 season as the Assistant Chorus Master of the Phoenix Symphony, where she prepared the chorus for projects including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Puccini’s Missa Gloria, Brahms Schicksalslied, Handel’s Messiah, and various “Pops” concerts, among others. Working closely with local composers and artists in the Phoenix area, Chiaravalloti coordinated and conducted a special recording project with world renowned Native American flutist, R. Carlos Nakai, composer M. Giuli Doyle, and treble voices.
After completing her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting at the University of Wyoming, Chiaravalloti served as Director of Performing Arts at Colorado Northwestern Community College for six years, and Instructor of Music at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA for two years. She earned her BA in Music from Penn State University.
Charissa Chiaravalloti, DMA
Jones Hall 210
Fort Lewis College