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David Castleberry, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, has taught at Marshall University since 1990. The select, thirty-two voice MU Chamber Choir has earned acclaim under his direction for its many performances at Charleston, South Carolina’s 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.
Dr. Castleberry conducts the MU Choral Union, a large student and community ensemble that performs major works with orchestra each semester, often joined by the University Chorus. Recent performances include Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s 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.
Dr. 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 conductor’s varied roles in preparation, rehearsal, and performance of choral music.
Participation in all choral ensembles at Marshall University is open to students from throughout the university, regardless of major, with different ensembles designed to meet a variety of interests and scheduling needs. A variety of scholarship aid is available to qualified students.