Summer Choral Conducting Symposium, July 20-23, 2016. This intensive week of conducting study, combined with repertory sessions and score study and analysis techniques, is designed primarily for practicing public school and church musicians.  David Rayl, from Michigan State University, will join the WCU choral faculty for the event. Morning and evening sessions will focus on music of various historical style periods (with an emphasis on works suitable for use with younger choirs) and afternoons on conducting a major work. On Saturday morning, a chamber orchestra will be available for a final coaching on this work. Participants may register as conducting fellows (with podium time) for $500 (limited to 12 participants), or as workshop observers for $200 (unlimited enrollment). College and university students can register as observers for only $100, with college ID. Additionally, participants can get Pennsylvania Commonwealth Act 48 credits, or may register for college credits (3) at an additional cost. Registration will open early in 2016.

Click here for the 2015 brochure about the Symposium. For more information, contact Dr. DeVenney at                    

                                        A big thanks to JW Pepper for supplying all of the music for the morning reading sessions!

Our Guest Artist for July, 2016:

David Rayl is professor of music, director of choral programs, and associate dean for graduate studies and research at the Michigan State University College of Music. Under his baton the University Chorale has appeared at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association (2007), the Central Division convention of ACDA (2006), and the national meeting of the College Music Society (2002). He has also prepared the Chorale for five sets of performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining MSU in 2002, he held the same position at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 12 years. He conducted the University Singers and Choral Union and taught in the undergraduate and graduate conducting programs. Under his direction, the University Singers sang at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association (1995), at the 27th annual Florilège Vocale in Tours, France, (1998), and at Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy, (2000).

Rayl has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States. He has led all-state choirs in Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Mississippi. He has presented or conducted workshops at the national conferences of MENC, NATS, and MTNA, the North Central Division Convention of ACDA, and the Iowa, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Wisconsin Choral Directors Associations. His international engagements include the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria; the V Festival di Musica Antica in Urbino, Italy; the VII Festival Internaçional de Música de Camera do Pará, in Belem, Brazil; the II Festival de Corais in Brasilia, Brazil; the Painel Unicanto de Regencia Coral in Londrina, Brazil; and the Classical Music Festival in Montreal and Quebec City, Canada. Several of Rayl's articles and reviews have appeared in the Choral Journal, The Journal of the Conductors' Guild, and Fontes Artes Musicae. His editions of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Nine Settings of the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary were published by A-R Editions of Madison, Wisconsin.

Rayl has also taught at Marymount College in Salina, Kansas, and St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He is the former music director of the Chamber Singers of Iowa City (1985-1990) and the Quad City Mozart Festival (1987-97). He received particular notice for his performances of the choral, operatic, and orchestral repertoire of the 18th century, especially the works of Bach and Mozart. In 1993, Rayl received the Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty award, recognizing teaching excellence among young faculty members at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In April 1996, he was named one of 10 recipients of the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. In 2009 he was one of the first recipients of the MSU College of Music’s Dortha J. and John D. Withrow Award for Excellence in Teaching. Rayl holds a B.M. in voice from Illinois Wesleyan University; a M.M. from the University of Oklahoma; and a DMA in choral conducting from the University of Iowa.

                                                                                PHOTOS FROM 2015 SYMPOSIUM