Location: Utah, USA
Claudia Bigler is currently in her 21sh year of directing choral music at Box Elder High School, in Brigham City, Utah. Prior to her tenure at Box Elder, she taught in the Carbon School District in Southeastern Utah for six years. She has taught Middle School, Junior High School, and High School, and served as a music consultant/teacher for the Northern Utah Home School Association. She has loved teaching every age group, and found them all rewarding. In addition to school music, she has been active in community theatre as a musical director and as an accompanist. She received her initial training at Brigham Young University, but feels that her “real” training has been on-the job, and from watching outstanding teachers in action. She is a “perpetual grad student” at Utah State University, and is determined to die with an advanced degree.
Ms. Bigler has served as Choral Chair of the Utah Music Educators Association, and is a past State President of Utah ACDA. For six years she directed a 100 voice Children's Choir in Brigham City. She has served as a guest director for the Utah State Women’s Honor Choir, the Utah State Junior High School Honor Choir, the Cache Children’s Choirfest, the Clark County, Nevada, Honor Choirs, and numerous district honor choirs. Box Elder Madrigals performed at the 2011 Western Division ACDA Convention in Reno, Nevada. She has served as a director for the Utah Ambassadors of Music European Tour in 2007 and 2013. She is currently serving as Managing Director for the Trade Secrets Music Education Workshop at Utah State University.
Ms. Bigler is married to Jeff Bigler, (a first tenor) and she and her husband were recently retired from singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, having reached the out-to-pasture age of 60. She would like to thank her choral mentors: Russell Wilson, Craig Jessop, and Mack Wilberg, who have all taught so much without consciously trying.