Mrs. McNiff has led choirs and instructed courses in music education, student teacher preparation, choral literature, and opera workshops at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University. She has also guest lectured at San Diego State University and Oklahoma State College.
Mrs. McNiff has conducted fully orchestrated works by various composers including Bach, Handel, Mozart and Faure. She has conducted chamber works and 21st century opera by Eva Kendrick and Ronnie Reslef and has composed several treble works for her own choral ensembles.
She has directed the Arizona State University Gospel Choir, University of Arizona Opera Chorus, Recital Choir, Honor Choir, Kantorei Singers and University Singers. She has also led the Leman Academy Honors Choirs, Audivi Vocem Conductors Choir Summer Festival ensembles, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, Bisbee Community Chorus, Christ Presbyterian of Tucson Choirs, Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Choirs, Church of the Painted Hills of Tucson United Church of Christ Choirs, and Christ the King Catholic Church of Tucson.
To meet the need of undergraduate students, Mrs. McNiff designed and founded the Audivi Vocem Conductors Choir Summer Festival in 2015. The program includes ensembles in Tempe serving Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, and in Tucson serving the University of Arizona. She oversaw masterclasses with young conductors, acted as primary organizer, recruited multiple choral and orchestral ensembles. She created and directed a renowned program which attracted guest clinicians such as Grammy Award Winning Dr. Jerry Blackstone (University of Michigan), Grammy Award Nominated Dr. James Jordan (Westminster Choir College), Grammy Award Winning Dr. Jason Harris (JW Pepper Composer), and Dr. Arian Khaefi (San Diego State University).
Video Sample 1: University of Arizona Recital Choir, audience view
Video Sample 2: University of Arizona Recital Choir, choir view
Video Sample 3: Musicology Survey Lecture: 8th-11th Century Western Art
Video Sample 4: Musicology Survey Lecture: Early Polyphony
Video Sample 5: Music Education Lecture: Managing the Modern Classroom
Website Link: Audivi Vocem Conductors Choir website link