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David P. DeVenney


David DeVenney

David P. DeVenney has established a wide reputation as a conductor and scholar. His choirs have toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, receiving acclaim for their carefully prepared and musically exciting performances from audiences and critics alike. The WCU Concert Choir has sung to sold-out audiences in venues like St. Severin in Paris, and was invited to close the prestigious Viareggio, Italy Choral Festival in 2004. His conducting repertory includes over one hundred major choral works with orchestra and two dozen operas and musicals, and he has commissioned and premiered new choral works by noteworthy composers such as David Conte, Robert Maggio, Jennifer Higdon, Emma Lou Diemer, Marvin Hamlisch, and Robert Page. His choirs appear commercially on the Albany label as well as on several private CDs with his university ensembles, and have appeared at state and regional conferences of the Ohio Choral Directors Association and the College Music Society. Dr. DeVenney regularly collaborates with professional ensembles, conducting the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, the Brandywine Ballet, and others. He received the 2003 Dean's Award for Artistic Excellence from West Chester University and the 2006 Distinguished Music Alumnus award from Iowa State University, and has several times been named Outstanding Teacher by the WCU Honors College.

Dr. DeVenney holds degrees in conducting from Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is professor of music at West Chester University, where he directs the select Concert Choir and the Men's Chorus and guides the graduate program in choral studies. For over a decade, he was music director of the Reading Choral Society, a highly regarded community chorus and one of America's oldest musical ensembles. Under his leadership, the Society pursued a much expanded repertory and greatly increased its educational programs. He founded and for seven seasons served as music director of VocalBaroque, a professional chamber choir in Columbus, Ohio. He has held faculty appointments at Otterbein College, the University of Arizona, and Virginia Tech.

Dr. DeVenney has made substantive contributions to scholarship in American choral music through his fourteen books and dozens of articles. In addition to a five-volume annotated bibliographic guide to American choral music, he has written the first historical survey of this important repertory, as well as books on opera, musical theatre, and cultural studies. The Choral Journal called him "one of the most industrious scholars on the current scene," while MLA Notes labeled his contributions to the study of American choral music "an impressive achievement." For fifteen years, he was General Editor of the Research Memorandum Series published by Chorus America. His many arrangements of American folk songs and original choral works appear frequently on concerts (some published by Roger Dean and Yelton Rhodes Music); his critical edition of John Knowles Paine's Mass in D, an important nineteenth-century American masterwork, will soon be issued (Serenissima Music); and his three-volume textbook series Conducting Choirs has recently been published (Roger Dean). Dr. DeVenney is Contributing Editor for choral music for the new Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition.


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David P. DeVenney : Conducting Choirs - Set : 01 3 Books & CD : David P. DeVenney :  : 000308126464 : 30/2624R

David P. DeVenney : Conducting Choirs - Set

Review: This three-volume series is a comprehensive tool for beginning conductors or more experienced conductors who are beginners in choral conducting. Volume 1 presents fundamental conducting patterns along with numerous practice exercises. Approaches to repertory, programming, score marking, rehearsal strategies, and singing techniques are also introduced. It is a concise guide that offers a wealth of practical information and can stand alone as resource. The more than thirty printed and recorded selections in Volume 2 complement the exercises in Volume 1. To further enhance study, each is accompanied by a brief note about the composer and the work, a translation of the text, and a short discussion of its conducting issues. Volume 3 addresses topics that any practicing conductor is likely to face, including working with an orchestra, conducting musicals, the psychology of conducting, and using movement in the choral rehearsal.


5605b 01 3 Books & CD $128.95 Choral Conducting

David P. DeVenney : Conducting Choirs Vol 1 - The Promising Conductor : 01 Book : David P. DeVenney :  : 9781429117531 : 30/2558R

David P. DeVenney : Conducting Choirs Vol 1 - The Promising Conductor

Review: Intended for beginning conductors, this volume offers a conceptual approach to conducting rather than an imitative one. Students begin by building right-hand and then left-hand gestures and are provided with exercises designed to increase independence and expressiveness. Approaches to repertory and programming are also introduced, as are score marking, rehearsal strategies and preparation, and singing technique. In total, it is a concise guide that offers a wealth of practical information and stands alone as a resource for even part-time choir directors.

Songlist: Exposition, Development, The Right Hand, Two Hands, Expressing Ideas, Repertory and Programming, The Score and the Rehearsal, Singers and Choirs, Recapulation

5606b 01 Book $48.95 Beginning Choral Educators

David P. DeVenney : Conducting Choirs Vol 3 - The Practicing Conductor : 01 Book : David P. DeVenney :  : 9781429117555 : 30/2560R

David P. DeVenney : Conducting Choirs Vol 3 - The Practicing Conductor

Review: The third volume of "Conducting Choirs" is written for the working conductor. One chapter addresses the concerns of those who wish to broaden their knowledge about conducting instrumentalists. Another focuses on conducting musicals and opera. Yet other chapters are directed at those conductors who wish to delve more deeply into the stylistic aspects of various performance practices, who wish to incorporate movement into the rehearsal process, or who are interested in commissioning new music for their ensembles, but who may be unsure of how to proceed.

Songlist: An Introduction to Performance Practice, Working with an Orchestra, Conducting Dramatic Music, Rehearsal Strategies - Beyond the Fundamentals, Using Movement in the Choral Rehearsal, Commissioning New Music

5608b 01 Book $48.95 Choral Conducting

David P. DeVenney : Conducting Choirs Vol 2 - Music For Classroom Use : 01 Book & 1 CD : David P. DeVenney :  : 9781429117548 : 30/2559R

David P. DeVenney : Conducting Choirs Vol 2 - Music For Classroom Use

Review: The second volume of the series provides a vast selection of repertoire, from plainchant to present-day works that will allow students to build a gestural technique that is responsive to the expressive needs and nuances of a wide range of choral music. Each of the more than thirty selections is accompanied by a brief note about the composer and the work, a translation of the text, and a short discussion of its conducting issues. To further enhance practice and study, a recording of each title is provided on the included CDs.

Songlist: Preface, Chant and Unison Music- General Characteristics , Chant and Unison Music - No. 1 Tantum ergo, Chant and Unison Music - No. 2 Veni Creator Spiritus, Chant and Unison Music - No. 3 Shenandoah, Chant and Unison Music - No. 4 I'm Goin' Away, Chant and Unison Music - No. 5 Alleluia, Renaissance Music - General Characteristics , Renaissance Music - No. 6 Tu pauperum refugium, Renaissance Music - No. 7 O magnum mysterium, Renaissance Music - No. 8 Regina caeli, Renaissance Music - No. 9 Adoramus te, Renaissance Music - No. 10 Il bianco e dolce cigno, Renaissance Music - No. 11 Sing We and Chant It, Baroque Music - General Characteristics, Baroque Music - No. 12 Ich dank' dir schon durch deinen Sohn, Baroque Music - No. 13 O Haupt voll Blut un Wunden, Baroque Music - No. 14 Sing, Sing, Ye Muses (Movement 1), Baroque Music - No. 15 /And the Glory of the Lord, from Messiah, Baroque Music - No. 16 Scene from Messiah, Baroque Music - No. 17 Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich (BWV 150), Classical and Romantic Music - General Characteristics, Classical and Romantic Music - No. 18 A Virgin Unspotted, from The Singing Master's Assistant, Classical and Romantic Music - No. 19 Ave verum corpus, Classical and Romantic Music - No. 20 Lacrimosa, from Requiem, Classical and Romantic Music - No. 21 Kyrie, from Missa St. Joannis de Deo, Classical and Romantic Music - No. 22 Sancti Dei, Classical and Romantic Music - No. 23 Ach, arme Welt, Classical and Romantic Music - No. 24 Auf dem See, Classical and Romantic Music - No. 25 He, Watching over Israel, from Elijah, Classical and Romantic Music - No. 26 O salutaris hostia, Classical and Romantic Music - No. 27 Introit and Kyrie, from Requiem , Contemporary Music - General Characteristics, Contemporary Music - No. 28 Sussex Carol, Contemporary Music - No. 29 Salve Regina, Contemporary Music - No. 30 Sweet Reminders, Contemporary Music - No. 31 Stitching Chorus I, from Quilt Panels, Contemporary Music - No. 32 Black Is the Color, Contemporary Music - No. 33 Shenandoah , About the Author

5607b 01 Book & 1 CD $58.95 Choral Conducting

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