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. Dr. Moy was just named the third place winner in The American Prize in Choral Conducting, professional division. She is currently the Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Connecticut College and co-founder/co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis Singers. Under her co-direction, this ensemble was just placed 2nd in the professional choral division of the American Prize. They will soon release a CD of new choral music premieres on the Centaur Records label.
Dr. Moy has directed ensembles at the collegiate, community, and K-12 levels. For 12 years, Dr. Moy 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 served 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, Guest Music Director of the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, and Guest Conductor of the Seattle Women's Chorus. Equally at home in the orchestral world, she held the positions of 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 is a frequent clinician and guest conductor with ensembles of all levels. In June 2017, she served as assistant conductor for a performance of Tyler’s Suite at Lincoln Center. Dr. Moy continues to perform as a soprano soloist and sings with CONCORA and Chorosynthesis Singers. She recently premiered a new song cycle for soprano and alto flute in the Faculty Showcase at Connecticut College.
A strong advocate for collaboration in the arts, Dr. Moy has spearheaded numerous projects with composers, dancers, visual artists, and community music organizations. Most recently, she collaborated with David Jaffe, Mark Seto, and David Dorfman for Connecticut College's re-conceptualized production of Rodger's and Hammerstein's Carousel. While at the UW, she commissioned and premiered We Have Not Long to Love by James Blachly for women's chorus and baritone solo. With the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, she was part of a consortium of choruses to commission and premiere Eric Whitacre's Goodnight, Moon. In addition, she coordinated and conducted a benefit concert of the Brahms Requiem in collaboration with the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, St. Mark's Cathedral, First Free Methodist Church, Chorosynthesis Singers, and conductor, Jeremiah Selvey.
Dr. Moy's honors include being selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Bach Institute in Germany, the Conductors Retreat 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. She most recently was selected as an ACDA Conducting Fellow and will travel to Brazil to be a part of Festival Paraibano de Coros.
Dr. Moy's research focuses on the culture of singing communities and the factors that contribute to successful choral organizations. She recently presented at the Eastern Division American Choral Directors Association Conference, Connecticut American Choral Directors Association Conference, Connecticut Music Educators Association, Great Lakes College Music Society Conference, Northeast College Music Society Conference, National American Choral Directors Association Conference, Gay and Lesbian Choruses International Festival, and the National Association for Music Education National In-Service Conference. Dr. Moy has been interviewed on her research for the Teaching Music Journal and also writes for the Music in a Minuet blog produced by NAfME.
Dr. Moy is currently the Youth and Student Activities Co-Chair on the Connecticut American Choral Directors Association Board and the International Conductors Exchange Liaison for the ACDA Eastern Division. She is also the President/Co-founder of Chorosynthesis, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the culture of American choral music through collaboration, sustainability, innovation, and excellence. Dr. Moy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from SPU, 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.