Director of Choral Activities
Office: Smith Music Hall 164
David Castleberry, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, has taught at Marshall University since 1990. He directs the select MU Chamber Choir, which 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. During the spring of 2012, the Chamber Choir travelled to France for a ten-day concert tour that featured a performance at Paris’s legendary Cathedral of Notre Dame, along with concerts and visits to locations through the southwest of France. A recently released compact disc features performances from the tour.
Dr. Castleberry conducts the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and serves as Music Director at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington. He has served as President of the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and twice as President of WVACDA. He has also served 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. Dr. Castleberry is a frequent guest conductor and clinician.
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.