Dwight  Bigler

Dwight Bigler

Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities

Dwight Bigler is the Director of Choral Activities at Virginia Tech. His choral experience includes work as assistant conductor and pianist of the Dale Warland Singers, artistic director of the Austin Singers,  director of the UT-Austin Men’s 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, Texas.

Contact Me

(540) 231-4719
dbigler@vt.edu
242-J Squires (0138)
290 College Avenue 
Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Areas of Expertise

  • Director of Choral Activites
  • Research/Production: Choral Ensembles
  • Teaching Areas: Choral Arranging and Music Literature

Education & Training

  • D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • M.M., Brigham Young University
  • B.M., Brigham Young University

What do you most enjoy about your work?

I love experiencing those magic moments with a choir where everyone is engaged, listening, and contributing 100% of their skill and heart to a performance. Things just click, and we experience one of those unforgettable moments that make life more beautiful, peaceful, and just better. Sometimes this happens in rehearsal, and sometimes it happens in a concert. I live for moments like that.

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?

Discipline. Achievement in any area of life takes focus, hard work, and consistent practice and study. The pay-off is tremendous.

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

When I see the light burning in a student's heart and eyes, and they participate in a class or an ensemble for the best reasons--to learn, to contribute, and to progress because of their passion for the subject. They forget about grades and they work hard because they love to learn. Work becomes play.

 

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