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Niver - Church Organist - Catskill, NY, USA

Keith Niver

Catskill, NY, USA


Church Organist

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


Have been a church organist/choir director over 45 years. Received intensive training on pipe organ techniques, plus registration classes.

Work History

piano & organ isntructor

Little Falls School of Music and Arts

September 2000 - September 2011


Niver's Inc

Organist/Choir Director

Red Hook United Methodist Church


Past positions

I have also served as Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Valatie, NY, and as organist/choir director at Chatham United Methodist in Chatham, NY before taking a position at Red Hook United Methodist Church.

Van Koevering Interactive computer piano service, and sales

I recently decided to take on the national service and parts of the Van Koevering pianos. These were great pianos that actually ran on a computer platform. There are a number of these pianos out in the field, with a fairly concentration in the Northeast US and Western US. I am taking over for Mark Ziino, the former factory service tech for the company who is downsizing his operation. Mark will continue to support me when I need it. Customers can contact me directly by viewing the Facebook Van Koevering page, or googling Van Koevering and finding the service page. Mark and I are working toward a smooth transition by Jan 2013.

Church organist position

I am currently the organist and choir director at the Red Hook United Methodist Church in Red Hook, NY. It's a small but growing church with a fantastic new young energetic pastor. The choir is talented, but has room for growth, and we are always looking to new members that can sing or play an instrument to augment the music program. Currently, the church is looking at the possibility of starting a bell choir. The church services are at 10:30 on Sunday.

Update on directing skills

I've been serving as the interim director of the Berkshire Hillsmen for the past few months while our regular director is on medical leave. It's been great working with the guys and getting them to improve their singing skills and preparing them for the Christmas and Holiday performances that are coming up in December. I also recently interviewed for the director position with the Berkshire Hills Chorus, the women's Sweet Adeline's chorus in Pittsfield, MA. I amd also taking some updated courses in January at the NED Leadership Academy.

Qualifications & Certifications

Educational seminars from various manufacturers on servicing electronic music instruments.

music Instruments Technicians Association, Int'l

seminars on servicing organs and keyboards

Wurlitzer technician schools

Business and minor in music

University at Albany, SUNY

Business with minor in music

Dutchess Community College

Hudson High School, Hudson, NY

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