Steve Grives has over 15 years of experience as a college/university, church, community, and professional choral director. Steve has held appointments at several academic institutions, ranging from small, liberal-arts colleges to large, urban universities. Steve taught at DePaul University, South Dakota State University, Colby College, and Western State University of Colorado. Steve's choirs have appeared at state, regional and national choral conferences and have toured and performed in major national and international venues.

Dr. Grives earned a B.A. in Music from Bowdoin College where he studied conducting and early music with Robby Greenlee, double bass with George Rubino, and piano with Martin Perry. His M.M. is from the University of Maine, where, under Dennis Cox, Steve conducted the Collegiate Chorale, was the assistant conductor of the University Orchestra, and adjunct instructor of double bass. At Maine, he studied voice with Ludlow Hallman and piano with Kathryn Foley. He received the D.M.A. in choral conducting and literature from the University of Colorado studying with Joan Catoni Conlon and Lawrence Kaptein.

Steve has participated in conducting masterclasses, summer programs, and has sang in choirs under such distinguished conductors as Marin Alsop, Simon Carrington, Dennis Keene, John Rutter, Dale Warland, and Duaine Wolfe. He has served as the vocal director for over 20 musical theater productions, as chorus master for the DePaul Opera Theater, Crested Butte Music Festival, and as Associate Conductor of the Rocky Ridge Music Festival Orchestra.

Steve enjoys collaborating with a wide variety of artists. At DePaul, Steve prepared the choirs for performances with the DePaul Symphony Orchestra, DePaul Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. While in South Dakota, Steve's choirs performed with guest artists and conductors including Joseph Flummerfelt, Cantus, and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and "Pops" concerts with Broadway star Gavin Lee and Kenny Rogers. In 2008, Steve partnered with the Heartland Opera Troupe and conducted the premiere performance of Kristin Kuster's chamber opera, The Trickster and the Troll.

Steve's work outside of academia includes directing church, community and professional choral ensembles. Steve directs the Traditional Choir at Immaculate Conception Parish in Highland Park, and is the associate conductor of the DeKalb Festival Singers. Recently, Steve founded the Caritas Singers, a women's chamber choir based out of Chicago. Steve is a member of several professional organizations including ACDA, the International Federation for Choral Music, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Steve currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Choral Journal as editor of the "Choral Reviews" column. He is in frequent demand as a guest conductor, guest lecturer, choral clinician, and adjudicator at the state, regional and national levels. His publications have appeared in state and regional choral newsletters, in the Choral Journal, and in the International Choral Bulletin. Steve has presented research, reading and interest sessions at ACDA National, Colorado MEA, College Music Society, North Central ACDA, Southwest ACDA, SDMEA, Iowa ACDA and South Dakota ACDA conferences.