Jose Rivera, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of choral music education and director of the University Chorale at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he teaches rehearsal, vocal techniques and conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior appointments include Assistant Professor of choral music education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and choral director at Richards High School and Chiles High School in Florida. Dr. Rivera is an active clinician, adjudicator and choral conductor throughout the country and has presented research and choral sessions at conferences in Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and at the American Choral Director’s Association state, divisional, national conferences. Currently, Dr. Rivera he serves as the ACDA national chair for Multicultural & Ethnic Perspectives. Dr. Rivera’s research interests include rehearsal techniques, teacher preparation, and analysis of twentieth-century Latin American choral music. His research of Latin American choral music has been published in the NCMEA and ACDA Journals. He recently attended the US/Cuba Conductors Exchange Program Symposium in Havana, Cuba where he was invited to work with choral conducting students at the Institute of Superior Arts (ISA). His research focuses on Caribbean choral music (Cuba, Dominican Republic, & Puerto Rico). Dr. Rivera holds the Ph.D. in Music Education and a Masters in Choral Music Education degree from Florida State University.