Wayne Kivell

2000 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award
Wayne Kivell

Wayne Kivell, a graduate of Luther College, has received an MS degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA in musicology from the University of Minnesota, specializing in Renaissance and Early Music. He has done additional study at numerous workshops under Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, William Vennard, Douglas McEwen, Norman Luboff, Paul Salamunovich and B. R. Hensen.

In 1994, Mr. Kivell completed 33 years of music education, the last 25 years at Northfield High School. From 1975 to 1983 he was assistant conductor of the Dale Warland Singers. From 1983-1988 he founded and conducted an early music ensemble in Minneapolis. Then in 1988 he founded I Cantanti (The Singers), a 32-voice community ensemble from Northfield. The choir is dedicated to fine performances of all types of choral literature.

Choirs under Mr. Kivell’s direction have performed at four MMEA Mid-Winter Clinics, four ACDA state conventions, and one ACDA Division convention. Wayne co-directed five Minnesota Youth Chorale tours of Europe in 1977, ‘78, ‘80, ‘87, & ‘90. The Northfield High School Concert Choir was the guest choir at the Luther College Dorian Vocal Festival in 1979, and in 1980 Mr. Kivell directed the Dale Warland Singers in a performance at the same festival.

From 1989 to 2001 he served on the staff of the St. Olaf College music library. Wayne is a life member of ACDA, and USTA, and is also a member of the MMEA, and MENC. He has long been active in ACDA, having served as state president (1972-74), newsletter editor (1972-75), membership chair (1974-82), division convention chair (1978), national chair of the high school repertoire and standards committee (1980-82), national convention coordinator (1981), North Central division president (1982-84), and district chair (1990-92). He became the first executive secretary for ACDA of Minnesota in 1997 and serves also as the historian. Wayne is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in America.