Dr. Gabriela Hristova


Dr. Gabriela Hristova is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Music. She conducts the University Chorale and Chamber Singers, and teaches courses in choral and instrumental conducting and music performance.  Dr. Hristova is the director and conducting faculty of the Department of Music’s Summer Vocal Academy of Music - a summer day camp for middle and high school students widely-recognized for its high level of vocal music instruction. 

Dr. Hristova earned the Master of Music in Conducting and Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting degrees from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she studied under the direction of Dr. Jerry Blackstone and Professor Theodore Morrison.  She received the Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the State Academy of Music in her native country of Bulgaria. While engaged in graduate work, she conducted the University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club for two years, and served as chorus master for the University’s opera productions.   Additionally, she performed with the Chamber Choir, University Choir, and Orpheus Singers. 

Dr. Hristova is a passionate performer, educator, and promoter of choral music throughout the Midwest, conducting choirs of all ages, both professional and amateur.  Prior to her appointment at UM-Flint in 2007, she was Visiting Director of Choral Activities at Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music where she taught advanced conducting seminars and directed the Oberlin College Singers, College Choir, and Musical Union. For several years, Dr. Hristova was assistant conductor and accompanist for the Flint Festival Chorus and served as the Director of Music Ministry for the West Side United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor overseeing a vibrant music program.

Under her direction, the University of Michigan-Flint Chamber Singers have performed by invitation at the Pentagon as the special guest choir for the Black History Month Observance honoring of the three living veterans of the Triple Nickel Infantry Battalion from the WWII; She has appeared with them at the Michigan State Conference of the American Choral Directors Association both in concert performances and clinics. The Chamber singers are invited to participate in university events of significant importance (Chancellors Inaugurations, Veterans Day Observances) and to perform at the annual Flint Festival of Choirs.

Dr. Hristova is a recipient of the Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Junior Women Faculty Award bestowed by the University of Michigan-Flint in recognition of one’s scholarship and creative activities, conspicuous ability in teaching, service to the profession, university and general community, and high potential for professional advancement at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Dr. Hristova has been the president of the State Board of the American Choral Directors Association, serving and promoting the choral arts in the state of Michigan.  She also actively adjudicates for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association offering her choral expertize and experience to the younger generations of singers in the state.

Dr. Hristova is very active as a collaborative pianist in solo recitals and concerts with instrumental and vocal soloists. She has recently appeared as a soloist with the UM-Flint Wind Symphony.  She has performed recitals with flautist Colton Sayer at the University of Michigan-Flint, Michigan State University, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Concert Series.

Contact information:

University of Michigan-Flint Department of Music, 126 FH, 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48502   810-762-3375    ghristov@umflint.edu