Kellori Dower, 2019 Guest Conductor
Kellori Dower, Ed.D. (aka “Mama D”) was the director of two award-winning high school choral music programs and chair of performing arts prior to coming to Rio Hondo College. She was also the Director of Choirs at Moreno Valley College after serving as the district arts administrator in Riverside Unified and Vice Principal of Lincoln High School and Lead Administrator at the Center for the Arts.
Dr. Dower’s background in arts leadership spans more than a decade with the Commission on Teacher credentialing¹s panel for Visual and Performing Arts. Her work with the Commission helped create the CSET test for new music teachers in California. She also serves as a secondary education panel member for the CTC’s Board of Institutional Review. Artistically, she has written several published choral works including performances of her work with the San Diego Symphony. Her choral ensembles have performed in some of the most distinguished venues in the country, including Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and New York’s Lincoln Center. She serves as a choral adjudicator and clinician in southern California for the Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA), Worldstrides Heritage Performance Festivals, Festivals of Music/Music in the Parks and several local area choirs. Dr. Dower is ALWAYS happy to provide clinics and festival preparation assistance to area elementary, middle and high schools.
The Rio Hondo choirs host the Southern California Vocal Association’s fall High School Honor Choir auditions as well as a middle and high school SCVA festival each March in the Wray Theater.