by David P. DeVenney
Books for the Beginning and Experienced Conductor
Conducting Choirs is a three-volume textbook series published by Roger Dean Publishing. The first volume is intended for those beginning their study of conducting, and for those who may have some training but who wish to build their basic skills. The companion second volume is a compilation of musical examples for use in developing gestural fluency, especially appropriate as a classroom tool for collegiate conducting courses. The third volume is intended for those who have experience leading church, school, and community ensembles and who wish to broaden their abilities and knowledge. This website is a companion site to the printed texts. Here the user will find information about the books, as well as material that enhances, clarifies, and amplifies them. The website is periodically updated and modified.
"An altogether pragmatic and useful addition in the arena of choral methods...The author has been singularly successful. His presentation is clear, concise, and eminently readable....The quality of the recorded performances (DeVenney's West Chester University Concert Choir) is superb..... I found myself altogether engaged by Volume 3 and feeling a profound wish that I had had access to this volume in my first year of teaching. -- The Choral Journal
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About the Author
David P. DeVenney is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the select Concert Choir and the Men's Chorus, teaches courses in conducting and choral literature, and guides the graduate choral conducting program. Many of his students have furthered their conducting studies in respected graduate programs across the