Department of Music

Dwight Bigler, Director of Choral Activities

Originally from Blackfoot, Idaho, Dwight Bigler is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Virginia Tech. He recently completed a year as interim Director of Choral Activities at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where he lead the choir on an international tour to Vienna and Prague. In 2006 he completed a DMA in choral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin, after which he taught and performed at UT-Austin as a pianist in the collaborative arts area. He received his MM in choral conducting and BM degree in piano performance from Brigham Young University, where he studied with Paul Pollei, Mack Wilberg, and Ronald Staheli.

Dr. Biglerís choral experience includes work as assistant conductor and pianist of the Dale Warland Singers, artistic director of the Austin Singers, and director of the UT-Austin Menís Chorus and BYU Women's Chorus. In addition, he was music director for the UT Butler Opera Center in spring 2008, chorus master for three years, and has conducted productions with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin.

Dwight is also a much esteemed collaborative pianist, having performed with the Dale Warland Singers, a University of Texas master class with ReneŤ Fleming, Scuola Italia in Urbania, Italy, and the Bel Canto Scholarship competition. In frequent demand as a recital pianist, he has collaborated in numerous vocal and instrumental recitals. He is also a solo artist, having won several concerto competitions in the 1990s.

As a composer, Dr. Bigler has published choral works with Oxford University Press and Hinshaw Music. He recently completed a Barlow commission to compose a work for the choirs and orchestra of Brigham Young University. His award-winning doctoral treatise was a new composition entitled Glimpses, a five-movement, 25-minute work for choir and chamber orchestra with texts by Henry David Thoreau, Anthony Trollope, Jeremy Taylor, and Owen Felltham.

Dwight Bigler