Recently named as a finalist for The American Prize in Conducting (Professional Choir Division), Dr. Jeremiah Selvey resides in Southern California and is the Co-Artistic Director of Chorosynthesis Singers, a professional, project-based ensemble in Seattle, Washington. He is currently serving as Visiting Assistant Professor & Director of Choral Activities at Connecticut College, where he conducts both choirs and teaches music theory to beginners.
Recently he served as the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois (SIUC), where he taught applied voice, conducting, choral methods, advanced aural skills, and diction and also directed the Choral Union and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. He is a conductor, teacher, researcher, singer, arranger/composer, and nonprofit founder, who grew up as a musician in Spain and in the United States. Jeremiah’s musical career has followed an international path with multiple performances and tours in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, England, Ireland, and Scotland. His research in conducting and choral performance perception has been presented in Spain, Taiwan, Greece, and throughout North America
Recently, as the Artistic Director of CHARIS, a non-auditioned women's chorus in Saint Louis, Missouri, he premiered several of his own arrangements at the International Festival of GALA Choruses in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Selvey has conducted academic choirs at Moody Bible Institute, Northwestern University, Emory University, the University of Washington, and Southern Illinois University (2004-2008, 2009-2012, 2014-2016). Since 1999, he has conducted multiple community, church, and high school groups in Venezuela, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to conducting from the canon, Dr. Selvey's conducting activity has included conducting multiple commissions and new works, as well as preparing and/or conducting multiple masterworks, including Verdi's Requiem, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, several Classical/Romantic masses, Handel's Messiah, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Mendelossohn's Elijah, Jenkins' The Armed Man, Finzi's In Terra Pax, and several early music masses in venues of major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Jeremiah has had the privilege of studying with great conducting teachers, including Simon Carrington, Peter Phillips, Jerry Blackstone, Kent Hatteberg, Geoffrey Boers, Giselle Wyers, Robert Harris, and Eric Nelson.
Dr. Selvey's research and creative activity in conducting covers gesture, reviews of repertoire, and bimodal perception in ensemble performance. Using the conductor as a visual stimulus and the choir as the aural stimulus, Dr. Selvey's dissertation examined how both the visual and aural modes of perception interacted in the perception of a choir's performance. His co-authored research study, "The Effect of Conductor Expressivity on Choral Performance Evaluation," was published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (Winter 2014). In addition to this publication, Dr. Selvey's review of the CD I Have Had Singing was published in The Choral Scholar. Dr. Selvey regular runs workshops on unlocking musical expression for conductor, singers, and audience through movement. He has presented these workshops at local, state, regional, and national conferences of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, the International Festival of Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses. Additionally, Dr. Selvey regularly contributes to the field of choral repertoire by way of tailored compositions and arrangements, commissioned by community and collegiate choirs, including recent commissions by GALA Choruses.
Dr. Selvey also engages in research related to singing, including the topics of networking for emerging leaders, vocal coaches for community choruses, transgender voice transitions, and transforming choral culture, which have been presented at Chorus America, the International Festival of Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, and regional chapters of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Selvey's research on the singing entrepreneur was selected to be presented at two regional College Music Society conferences this spring.
Dr. Selvey's collegiate teaching experience spans from 2004 to the present. At the University of Washington (2009-2012), Dr. Selvey taught the UW Men’s Glee Club and UW Summer Chorale and guest lectured regularly to classes of 400 students. He was a Pre-doctoral Teaching Associate and also assisted in teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting and choral technique courses and served as assistant conductor to the top choral ensembles: University Chorale and University Chamber Singers. His conducting performance with University Chamber Singers of “In Lumine” by Guggenheim-winning composer Huck Hodge was well-received by composer, Chamber Singers, and audience alike. At Emory University (2006-2008), Dr. Selvey was instrumental in re-founding the Emory Women's Chorus, which he also conducted. He also co-conducted Emory Mastersingers. As a Graduate Assistant, he assisted with undergraduate music history and a graduate choral repertoire seminar. He also assisted the University Chorus and the Emory Concert Choir. At Moody Bible Institute (2005-2006), Dr. Selvey directed the Women's Concert Choir and the Handbell Ensemble, both of which toured twice and recorded a CD. While on faculty at Moody, Dr. Selvey also assisted the Music Department Chair in coordinating departmental affairs.
Dr. Selvey champions collaboration and a critical pedagogy philosophy and has overseen numerous projects with composers, dancers, visual artists, and community organizations. The "Brahms Requiem Project" is one of the most consummately collaborative projects Dr. Selvey has spearheaded. This weekend of performances for the benefit of the community involved collaboration among two conductors, two academic institutions, two religious institutions, Chorosynthesis Singers, and two pianists. Through his nonprofit Chorosynthesis, he is working on another composer-professional choir-conductor collaboration for March of 2016. Dr. Selvey's teaching also exemplifies collaboration. “Never Again…Once More” (summer 2011)—a student-centered production of a re-contextualized drama incorporating dance, acting, and challenging choral repertoire from opera, musical theater, oratorio—serves as an example of Dr. Selvey’s ability to empower students to make contributions to a great artistic cause. Chorosynthesis Singers' recent performance of 10 premieres with socially conscious themes ("Empowering Silenced Voices") has become the foundation for a multi-year project culminating in a double CD to be released by Centaur Records in 2017.
Dr. Selvey has performed solo oratorio and opera roles as baritone and countertenor, as well as a chorister in academic and professional settings, including a world premiere opera role, as well as a world premiere solo role with chorus. In addition, Dr. Selvey has performed numerous solo recitals and in many master class performances. Selvey's roles have included solo roles in multiple Renaissance masses, several Bach cantatas and motets, Bach's Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, several Schubert masses, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Messiaen's Cinq Rechants. In 2007, he performed in England with the Tallis Scholars. Dr. Selvey is also a beloved vocal coach and private instructor of more than 15 years and recently taught successful students of both classical and musical theater majors at Southern Illinois University and Blackburn College. He currently teaches beginning piano and voice for the Thames Valley Music School in New London, Connecticut.