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Carolyn Brady Riley appointed Saint Xavier University's choral director

Renowned vocalist will conduct ensembles, chorales

Chicago (Aug. 21, 2007) – Saint Xavier University’s Department of Music has appointed Carolyn Brady Riley to serve as choral director for the University Women’s and Men’s Ensembles, and Chorale.

Riley will conduct the University Women’s and Men’s Ensembles in a Christmas program in December. She will also prepare the University Chorale to perform in two spring programs, including an April performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of David Crane.

Riley earned her master’s degree in vocal performance with honors from Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University, where she studied with Metropolitan Opera soprano Judith Haddon, and her bachelor of music in vocal performance with a minor in theater from Illinois State University. Since graduation, she has been active as a singer and pianist as well as a musical and theatrical director. 

Riley’s singing credits include membership in the Grant Park Symphony Chorus as well as operatic and musical theatre roles with Intimate Opera, Circle Theatre, Porchlight Theater Chicago, the Vocal Arts Group, Effective Theatre and the Brevard Music Center. She was invited to perform at inaugural ceremonies for the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois and has sung as both a soprano and alto with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus. She served as performing arts director at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Ill., for five years.

During the 2006-07 academic year, Riley served as staff accompanist in Saint Xavier’s Department of Music, and most recently has directed the Jeff-nominated Meet Me in St. Louis for Circle Theatre in Forest Park. She has been a theatrical director for productions at Moraine Valley Community College, Triton College and Circle Theatre’s Emerging Young Artists Program. In spring 2008, she will be the theatrical director for the SXU Opera Workshop production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act operas in collaboration with Jan Bickel, D.M.A., director of vocal studies at Saint Xavier.

Riley has directed choirs that have performed throughout Illinois and at Disney World. She was a Suburban Catholic Conference Honors Chorus conductor, and served as a judge for the Illinois Music Educators Association Honors Choir and Illinois High School Association Solo and Ensemble contests.

Saint Xavier’s choral ensembles are open to SXU students, staff and faculty members as well as talented community members. Experienced community singers should contact the Saint Xavier Department of Music at (773) 298-3421 for more information. The Women’s Ensemble rehearses from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, and the Men’s Ensembles rehearses from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The first rehearsals will be on Aug. 20 and Aug. 22 in the Music Department rehearsal space.

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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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