On Friday, December 12, 2014, Jeremiah submitted his dissertation to complete his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting, with a cognate in Music Education, from the University of Washington. Ten years ago, Jeremiah decided to pursue this path of education so that he could teach at the university level. During the last decade, hundreds of people have been of great support to Jeremiah, including many church and community choir members, family, teachers, fellow students, and dear friends and roommates. You know who you are, and Jeremiah is deeply grateful for your help. It takes a village to complete a doctorate!
On Saturday, November 15, the public universities of Illinois were invited to participate in a showcase of American Choral Directors Association choir performances. Jeremiah was one of two SIU faculty asked to perform with the choir. So he boarded the bus with the choir at 5:30am and arrived to Illinois State University's campus sleep-deprived, but energized, for the wonderful exchange of choral performances by schools from all over the state.
Jeremiah's research on the effect of conductors' visual communication on the aural perception of the choir's performance is published in the Winter 2014 journal of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Jeremiah's findings include the idea that conductors have the power to positively or negatively influence the perception of their choir's performance by way of how expressive or inexpressive they are visually.
World-renowned collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and pedagogue Mr. Martin Katz will be in residence November 2-4, 2014 at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where Jeremiah teaches applied voice. One of his freshman voice majors and a couple of his English Diction students will be performing in masterclasses given by Mr. Katz, as well as performing in a culminating recital featuring him as the pianist. Mr. Katz, author of The Complete Collaborator, is hailed as "the gold standard of accompanists" by the New York Times. What an honor for Jeremiah's undergraduate and graduate students to perform for and with Mr. Katz!
Jeremiah will be joining the choral and voice faculty of Southern Illinois University in Cardondale, Illinois, where he will be teaching applied voice, English and Italian diction, choral methods, and choral conducting, as well as conducting the SIUC Choral Union. As a full-time professor, Jeremiah will also be spending countless hours finishing his dissertation.
Are you at least 18 years old? Have you ever been in a conducted music ensemble? If you answered yes to both questions, I WANT YOU.
I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington in Seattle, and I need singers, instrumentalists, accompanists, and conductors of all skill levels and experience to participate in the research for my dissertation. The Choral Expressivity Study examines how ensemble members perceive and evaluate expressivity.
The interactive survey, involving the rating of choral performances for their level of expression, will take you about 20 minutes.
By taking the survey, you will be furthering the causes of music education and the art of choral music. Not only that, donating your time will help me finish my dissertation more quickly, for which I am deeply grateful. The research depends on volunteers like you.
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The study closes soon, so go for it now. Thank you for your contributions to music education and the choral art.
Jeremiah Selvey, Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting Candidate (ABD)
University of Washington, School of Music, Choral Division
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At the new year, Jeremiah decided to focus intensely and primarily on writing his dissertation. The only thing that stands in the way of the doctoral degree is this document. Jeremiah has committed to executing the study and finishing the dissertation by this summer.
The dissertation will examine the relationship of conductor expressivity and choir expressivity, using both expressive and non-expressive choral performances as aural stimuli. If you wish to participate or have more questions, feel free to email Jeremiah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeremiah conducted this live performance at Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church with WomenSing on December 18, 2013. Guest baritone soloist on "This Little Light of Mine" is Stephen Lancaster. Dale Trumbore's "Flare" was co-commissioned by WomenSing through the American Choral Directors Association.
The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education is publishing Jeremiah's co-authored study, "The Effect of Conductor Expressivity on Choral Ensemble Evaluation." This paper started as a mini-research study in Jeremiah's doctoral work and developed into a full-blown study with Professor Steven Morrison at the University of Washington. The study has been presented nationally and internationally and is now in press with this reputable journal. As soon as it is released, it will be announced.
One of the highlights of the holiday concert with the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men's Chorus was performing Tim Sarsany's Solstice, a truly beautiful piece for TTBB, piano, percussion, and flute. Enjoy!
The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men's Chorus commissioned Jeremiah to write Choral Suite from TREEMONISHA for TTBB chorus and soprano. This commission will excerpt choral movements from the opera by Scott Joplin and re-voice them for TTBB. In addition, the suite will feature movements consisting of source music combined from the opera, which will play underneath a narrator telling the story of a powerful female leader from the late nineteenth century who values education over superstition as she leads her town to a better place. For more information or to consider this work for your chorus, contact Jeremiah at email@example.com.
Jeremiah Selvey finishes his five months as Guest Conductor of WomenSing with two performances of "In Lumine." See details here. This concert features a relentless piece called "Flare," an ACDA co-comission by composer Dale Trumbore, as well as several other compositions by female composers. Additionally, WomenSing will be accompanied by guest cellist Jerry Liu and baritone Stephen Lancaster.
Jeremiah has been commissioned to re-voice and adapt for TTBB chorus Byron J. Smith's "He'll Make a Way" and Keith Hampton's "True Light." Now these beloved pieces can be enjoyed by men's choruses as well. Contact Jeremiah at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
After only a few months in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jeremiah was appointed as Guest Conductor for WomenSing. WomenSing is the recipient of two Chorus America awards and regularly performs newly composed works by young composers. What a treat this will be for Maestro Selvey.
WomenSing welcomes Jeremiah
If you missed the traditional concert performance, here are some excerpts from the April concerts with the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men's Chorus. Jeremiah's inaugural concert with the guys!
Missed the concert? Here's the whole concert in 15 minutes...
Jeremiah was recently selected as the new Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men's Chorus. Jeremiah shared with the Search Committee and the Board of Directors that he is particularly excited to move the organization from the direction of a group of predominantly middle-aged caucasians who are in a singing club to a viable performing choral organization that reflects and champions the diversity of the greater Oakland community. This vision was met with enthusiasm and Jeremiah is excited to begin this new journey with the organization and its members. He will assume the post on January 1, 2013. To new beginnings!
Jeremiah will be conducting the WCPA choruses in a fantastic concert and production of "wHOLly Family." This holiday concert has many familiar tunes, beloved pieces of the choral repertoire, and a powerful message about stretching one's view of family.
Jeremiah recently accepted the Guest Artistic Director position with Windy City Performing Arts. This position will include directing Aria women's chorus and the Windy CIty Gay Chorus from September through December 2012. Time to pack up and head back to Chicagoland.