Wendy Moy and Jeremiah Selvey, inspired by the 2010 American Orchestra Summit held at the University of Michigan, founded Chorosynthesis in July 2010. Both Wendy and Jeremiah are active choral directors and clinicians.
President - Jeremiah Selvey
Vice President - Wendy Moy
Treasurer/Financial Advisor - Ron Cammarata
Legal Advisor - Sherman Snow
Dr. Jeremiah Selvey resides in Southern California and is the Co-Artistic Director of Chorosynthesis Singers, a professional, project-based ensemble in Seattle, Washington.
Recently he served as the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois (SIUC), where he taught applied voice, conducting, choral methods, advanced aural skills, and diction and also directed the Choral Union and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. He is a conductor, teacher, researcher, singer, arranger/composer, and nonprofit founder, who grew up as a musician in Spain and in the United States. Jeremiah’s musical career has followed an international path with multiple performances and tours in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, England, Ireland, and Scotland. His research in conducting and choral performance perception has been presented in Spain, Taiwan, Greece, and throughout North America
Recently, as the Artistic Director of CHARIS, a non-auditioned women's chorus in Saint Louis, Missouri, he premiered several of his own arrangements at the International Festival of GALA Choruses in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Selvey has conducted academic choirs at Moody Bible Institute, Northwestern University, Emory University, the University of Washington, and Southern Illinois University (2004-2008, 2009-2012, 2014-2016). Since 1999, he has conducted multiple community, church, and high school groups in Venezuela, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to conducting from the canon, Dr. Selvey's conducting activity has included conducting multiple commissions and new works, as well as preparing and/or conducting multiple masterworks, including Verdi's Requiem, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, several Classical/Romantic masses, Handel's Messiah, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Mendelossohn's Elijah, Jenkins' The Armed Man, Finzi's In Terra Pax, and several early music masses in venues of major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Jeremiah has had the privilege of studying with great conducting teachers, including Simon Carrington, Peter Phillips, Jerry Blackstone, Kent Hatteberg, Geoffrey Boers, Giselle Wyers, Robert Harris, and Eric Nelson.
Using the conductor as a visual stimulus and the choir as the aural stimulus, Dr. Selvey's dissertation examined how both the visual and aural modes of perception interacted in the perception of a choir's performance. His co-authored research study, "The Effect of Conductor Expressivity on Choral Performance Evaluation," was published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (Winter 2014). In addition to this publication, Dr. Selvey's review of the CD I Have Had Singing is currently in press with the Choral Scholar. In October 2015, Dr. Selvey helped train choral teachers from all around North America in the use of movement to unlock expression at the National Teacher In-Service of the National Association for Music Education in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Selvey has also recently presented at Chorus America and at the International Festival of Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, as well as the regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education on the topics of networking for emerging leaders, vocal coaches for community choruses, transgender voice transitions, and transforming choral culture. Additionally, Dr. Selvey regularly contributes to the field of choral repertoire by way of tailored compositions and arrangements, commissioned by community and collegiate choirs, including recent commissions by GALA Choruses.
Dr. Selvey's collegiate teaching experience spans from 2004 to the present. At the University of Washington (2009-2012), Dr. Selvey taught the UW Men’s Glee Club and UW Summer Chorale and guest lectured regularly to classes of 400 students. He was a Pre-doctoral Teaching Associate and also assisted in teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting and choral technique courses and served as assistant conductor to the top choral ensembles: University Chorale and University Chamber Singers. His conducting performance with University Chamber Singers of “In Lumine” by Guggenheim-winning composer Huck Hodge was well-received by composer, Chamber Singers, and audience alike. At Emory University (2006-2008), Dr. Selvey was instrumental in re-founding the Emory Women's Chorus, which he also conducted. He also co-conducted Emory Mastersingers. As a Graduate Assistant, he assisted with undergraduate music history and a graduate choral repertoire seminar. He also assisted the University Chorus and the Emory Concert Choir. At Moody Bible Institute (2005-2006), Dr. Selvey directed the Women's Concert Choir and the Handbell Ensemble, both of which toured twice and recorded a CD. While on faculty at Moody, Dr. Selvey also assisted the Music Department Chair in coordinating departmental affairs.
Dr. Selvey champions collaboration and a critical pedagogy philosophy and has overseen numerous projects with composers, dancers, visual artists, and community organizations. The "Brahms Requiem Project" is one of the most consummately collaborative projects Dr. Selvey has spearheaded. This weekend of performances for the benefit of the community involved collaboration among two conductors, two academic institutions, two religious institutions, Chorosynthesis Singers, and two pianists. Through his nonprofit Chorosynthesis, he is working on another composer-professional choir-conductor collaboration for March of 2016. Dr. Selvey's teaching also exemplifies collaboration. “Never Again…Once More” (summer 2011)—a student-centered production of a re-contextualized drama incorporating dance, acting, and challenging choral repertoire from opera, musical theater, oratorio—serves as an example of Dr. Selvey’s ability to empower students to make contributions to a great artistic cause. Chorosynthesis Singers' recent performance of 10 premieres with socially conscious themes ("Empowering Silenced Voices") has become the foundation for a multi-year project culminating in a double CD to be released by Centaur Records in 2017.
Dr. Selvey has performed solo oratorio and opera roles as baritone and countertenor, as well as a chorister in academic and professional settings, including a world premiere opera role, as well as a world premiere solo role with chorus. In addition, Dr. Selvey has performed numerous solo recitals and in many master class performances. Selvey's roles have included solo roles in multiple Renaissance masses, several Bach cantatas and motets, Bach's Magnificat, Handel'sMessiah, several Schubert masses, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Messiaen's Cinq Rechants. In 2007, he performed in England with the Tallis Scholars. Dr. Selvey is also a beloved vocal coach and private instructor of more than 15 years and recently taught successful students of both classical and musical theater majors at Southern Illinois University and Blackburn College.
Dr. Wendy K. Moy is a conductor, soprano, and nonprofit founder from Washington State. She was recently named the third-place winner of The American Prize in Choral Conducting, professional division. She is currently the Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Connecticut College, the conductor of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and co-founder/co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis Singers. Under her co-direction, Chorosynthesis Singers was named the 2nd place winner of The American Prize in Choral Performance, professional division. They will soon release a CD of new choral music premieres on the Centaur Records label.
Dr. Moy is a frequent clinician and guest conductor with ensembles of all levels. This past year has included debuts on the national as well as international scene. Selected as an American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) International Conducting Fellow, she made her international conducting debut at the Festival Paraibano de Coros in João Pessoa, Brazil. This May, she heads to Shenzhen, China for a residency in which she will lead choral masterclasses. In June 2017, she served as assistant conductor for a performance of Tyler’s Suite at Lincoln Center. Passionate about mentoring/inspiring young singers, she conducted the Rhode Island All-State Senior High School Chorus in Spring 2018. Dr. Moy continues to perform as a soprano soloist and recently premiered a new song cycle for soprano and alto flute in the Faculty Showcase at Connecticut College. She also sings with the professional choruses, CONCORA and Chorosynthesis Singers.
Dr. Moy has directed ensembles at the collegiate, community, and K-12 levels. For 12 years, she taught instrumental and choral music at the secondary level in the Edmonds School District. During that time, her ensembles were invited to perform at the Northwest Music Educator Conventions. She went on to serve as interim conductor of the Seattle Pacific University (SPU) Chamber Singers and directed them in their annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas at Benaroya Hall. She has also held the positions of the Director of Choral Music at Tacoma Community College, Director of the University of Washington Women's Chorus, Guest Music Director of the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, and Guest Conductor of the Seattle Women's Chorus. A strong advocate for collaboration and new music, Dr. Moy helped to spearhead a call for scores on themes of social consciousness. She has premiered/commissioned over a dozen new choral works by both established and emerging composers.
A violinist since the age of four, she received advanced training with Richard Skerlong (Seattle Symphony). She went on to study orchestral conducting with Eric Hanson and Nikolas Caoile. She has held the positions of violin coach, chamber music coordinator and assistant conductor with the Cascade Youth Symphony Organization. In 2014, she conducted the Connecticut College Orchestra and Chamber Choir in a presentation of Handel's Messiah.
Dr. Moy's honors include being selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Bach Institute in Germany, the Conductors Retreat (orchestral) at Medomak with Ken Kiesler, the Westminster Chamber Choir with Joe Miller, the Tallis Scholar Summer School with Peter Phillips, the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute/Transient Glory Symposium as a conducting associate with Francisco Nunez, and the Yale/Norfolk Chamber Choir at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival under the direction of Simon Carrington.
Dr. Moy's research focuses on the culture of singing communities and the factors that contribute to successful choral organizations. Her dissertation was an ethnographic study of the Seattle Men's Chorus, the largest gay men's chorus in the world and the largest community chorus in North America. She recently presented at the Eastern Division ACDA Conference, Connecticut ACDA Conference, Connecticut Music Educators Association, Great Lakes College Music Society Conference, Northeast College Music Society Conference, National ACDA Conference, Gay and Lesbian Choruses International Festival, the National Association for Music Education National In-Service Conference (NAfME), and the international Together in Music Conference sponsored by the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research. Dr. Moy has been interviewed for featured articles in The Choral Journal, The Voice of Chorus America, and TeachingMusic Journal on the subjects of entrepreneurship and culture-building in the choral arts. She also writes for the Music in a Minuet blog produced by NAfME.
Dr. Moy serves on the ACDA Standing Committee on International Activities. She holds a Master of Music Education with an emphasis in choral music from Westminster Choir College and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington.