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West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Hires Dr. David Castleberry as New Director of...

From: Clay Center For The Arts And Sciences Of West Virginia

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Hires Dr. David Castleberry as New Director of West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Charleston, WV - The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that Dr. David Castleberry will serve as the new Director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus starting in the 2009-2010 Season.  

Castleberry is currently Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts, professor of music and director of choral activities at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he received his Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. He has taught on the faculties of Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and Wagner College on Staten Island, N.Y., during which time he directed the Riverside Choral Society and served as chorus master for the Piccolo Opera Company in Brooklyn.

Castleberry is a recipient of fellowships to the Aspen Choral Institute and the Chorus America Saranac Lake Conductors Workshop and participated in a residence at Les Academies Musicales de Saintes in France.

A recipient of the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award at Marshall, Castleberry has led choral performances throughout the United States and in Europe and has been featured in television and radio broadcasts, recordings, and appearances for the American Choral Directors Association and the West Virginia Music Educators Association, as well as 11 years of performances at Charleston, S.C.’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival. With the Marshall University Choral Union and Orchestra, he has led performances of more than 50 major choral-orchestral works.

He has also served as Southern Division President of the American Choral Directors Association and chaired the 2008 convention in Louisville, Ky.

"We could not be happier with the hire of Dr. Castleberry as the West Virginia Symphony Chorus' new Director." says WVSO Artistic Director Grant Cooper.  "He brings the Chorus a wealth of experience that will help the group produce beautiful music for years to come.  I look forward to working with him into the future."

Weekly WVSO Chorus rehearsals will begin Monday, September 14, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist.  Christ Church’s Director of Music Ministries/Organist David Donathan will serve as the WVSO Chorus’ accompanist.  

Those who wish to audition, please contact Dr. Castleberry at (304) 696-2963

Dr. Castleberry succeeds Joseph Janisch who served as the Chorus’ Director for ten seasons.  

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting more than 50 concerts annually to audiences throughout the Mountain State.  Programs include Symphonic, ZMM Pops and City National Bank Family Concert Series, performances by The Montclaire String Quartet, collaborations with the Charleston Ballet and other WV Arts Organizations, and a nationally award-winning education program.  The Symphony’s home is the world-class Maier Foundation Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, WV.  

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