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Monica Pavel Kissinger
Doctor of Arts candidate in Choral Conducting
Graduate Assistant for Statesmen and Women's Chorus

Monica Pavel Kissinger is pursuing her Doctorate of Arts degree in Choral Conducting. She is a graduate assistant for the Theory and Composition department, where she teaches and tutors theory and aural training. This is her first year as a full-time student at Ball State University, having started the program in 2013.

Monica has received her bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at DePaul University, Chicago, and her masters in both Choral Conducting and Piano Performance at Andrews University, Berrien Springs MI. During her years at Andrews, she held assistantships for the Choral Department and Piano Department. She prepared music majors for their piano proficiency exam, and also taught non-music majors. She conducted the University Singers, the Chamber Singers, and both Women and Men’s Choirs.

Before coming to Ball State, Monica conducted choirs for educational institutions in Washington State, and Indiana. She had the opportunity to sing with Arnold Schoenberg Choir and Wiener-chor, under the direction of Erwin Ortner and Michael Grohotolsky, while she lived in Vienna, 2007-2008. During that year, she was also the accompanist for the Vienna Opera Company, and conducted the Romanian Orthodox Church choir. She was an active keyboardist with Advent Chamber Orchestra led by her sister, during the period of 2004-2011. This year is her third year as the Director of Choirs at Hazelwood Christian Church, Muncie IN, and as the piano teacher for Indiana Seventh-Day-Adventist Academy, Cicero IN.