Joseph Trivette

Board Position: 
Two-Year College Choirs Chair
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Joseph Trivette is the holder of the Albert Endowed Chair of Music at Southwest Virginia Community College. Trivette received his Ph.D. in Music Education through Florida State University. He is also a graduate of Appalachian State University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Performance as well as a Master's Degree in Piano Performance. Ensembles under his direction at Southwest include the SWCC Community Chorus, SWCC Jazz Ensemble, SWCC Jazz Vocal Ensemble, and Southwest Virginia Children's Choir. The Community Chorus under his leadership has performed at Duke Chapel, the Washington National Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York, and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, among other venues. The Southwest Virginia Children’s Choir, under Trivette’s directorship, has twice been chosen to perform for the Virginia Music Educators’ Association Conference. They have sung by invitation at Duke Chapel and at Atlanta’s Peachtree Presbyterian Church, and have performed the National Anthems of the U.S. and Canada at an Atlanta Braves baseball game.
Other successful programs established under Trivette’s leadership include SWCC Band Day, Jazz-America’s Music program, and the Chamber Music Institute. Trivette also implements the SWCC Recital Series and performs solo and duo/trio piano recitals. He frequently serves as conductor/accompanist for various all-county and all-district festivals. At Southwest,Trivette teaches music theory, music history, music appreciation, class piano, and jazz improvisation. Trivette received the NISOD Excellence Award for superior Community College teaching in 2003. He was named the 2006-2008 VCCS Chancellor's Commonwealth Professor, as well as the 2008 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Nominee from Southwest Virginia Community College. He was also honored with the 2008 VCCA Faculty Showcase award, and was named the 2011 SWCC Nominee for VCCS Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2014, he was nominated for the Governor's Community Service and Volunteerism Award, and in 2015 he received a Letter of Commendation from the Governor of Virginia.