CCM alumnus Craig Kier. Photography by Cory Weaver.

CCM alumnus Craig Kier. Photography by Cory Weaver.

We are thrilled to report that CCM alumnus Craig Kier (MM, 2001) has been appointed Director of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland School of Music. The former Associate Conductor and Assistant Chorus Master with the Houston Grand Opera, Kier will join the UMD School of Music faculty this fall.

“We are delighted that Craig Kier will be joining our faculty as Director of the Maryland Opera Studio,” says UMD School of Music Director Robert Gibson. “His professional work as conductor, coach, accompanist and administrator in the opera world provides an ideal combination of skills and experience for the leadership of our program. Craig’s vision for the future of the MOS is strongly aligned with the teaching philosophy and values of the program that have made The Maryland Opera Studio one of the most respected programs in the nation for training young singers who wish to enter the professional opera world in the US and abroad.”

You can view the UMD School of Music’s official announcement online here.

About Craig Kier
Formerly the Associate Conductor and Assistant Chorus Master with the Houston Grand Opera, Craig Kier has continued his relationship with the HGO as a guest conductor. He is also a guest faculty member of the esteemed Houston Grand Opera Studio. His 2013-2014 season included conducting engagements with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Atlanta Opera, Houston Ballet and Central City opera.

Prior to joining Houston Grand Opera, Kier spent six seasons as Resident Assistant Conductor and Principal Coach/Accompanist for The Atlanta Opera. He began his career as part of Seattle Opera’s music staff, serving in a variety of roles including assistant conductor, coach/accompanist and chorus master. He has since served on the music staff of Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Colorado, Berkshire Opera, Opera New Jersey, Opera Birmingham and Des Moines Metro Opera. Kier also spent six years on the faculty of the Opera Theater of the Rockies Vocal Arts Symposium. Learn more at

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