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David Castleberry (Choral Conductor)

Born: USA

The American choral conductor and teacher, David Castleberry, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in church music from Furman University and the Master of Music and DMA degrees in conducting from The University of Texas at Austin.

David Castleberry had taught at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and at Wagner College on Staten Island, New York, before coming to Marshall University in 1990. He is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the Marshall University, where he conducts the Marshall University Chamber Choir and the Marshall University Choral Union and teaches courses in choral conducting and literature.. The select, thirty-two voice Marshall University Chamber Choir has earned acclaim under his direction for its many performances at Charleston, South Carolinaís Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and for its award-winning, hour-long television special, Choral Fusion, presented by West Virginia PBS affiliate WPBY. The choir tours regularly and has performed for conventions and meetings of ACDA, MENC, AGO, and many other professional music organizations.

David Castleberry conducts the Marshall University Choral Union, a large student and community ensemble that performs major works with orchestra each semester, often joined by the University Chorus. With the Marshall University Choral Union and Orchestra, he has led performances of more than 50 major choral-orchestral works. Recent performances include Verdiís Requiem, George Frideric Handelís Messiah, William Waltonís Belshazzarís Feast, Haydnís Creation, Felix Mendelssohnís Elijah, and an evening of opera choruses. He coordinates studies in choral conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses in conducting, choral literature, techniques, and administration. He teaches applied voice, as well, and is active as a tenor soloist in recital and oratorio.

David Castleberry is President of the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He has served twice as President of WVACDA and as a member of the Editorial Board of Choral Journal, a monthly publication of ACDA, where he edited the CD Reviews column and contributed many articles and reviews. He is presently at work on a text dealing with the conductorís varied roles in preparation, rehearsal, and performance of choral music. In 2008 he chaired the 2008 convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

A recipient of the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award at Marshall, David Castleberry has led choral performances throughout the USA and in Europe and has been featured with various choirs in a variety of tours, television and radio broadcasts, recordings, and appearances for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association for Music Education (MENC), and the West Virginia Music Educators Association, as well as 11 years of performances at Charleston, S.C.ís Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

In addition to his work at the Marshall University, David Castleberry is active as a lecturer and clinician and serves as Director of Music at Saint Johnís Episcopal Church in Huntington.

Source: American Towns Website (April 2009); Marshall University Website (2006)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2010)

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David Castleberry (Marshall University)

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Hires Dr. David Castleberry as New Director of West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus (American Towns: West Virginia: Charlestone) [Apr 2009]

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