Vance Wolverton - Chair Emeritus, California State University, Fullerton
Vance D. Wolverton, Ph.D., Ch.M. is Chair Emeritus of the Music Department at California State University, Fullerton. During his 16 years at CSUF he also served as the Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Chorale and, for nine years, as Director of Music at Red Hill Lutheran Church in Tustin. For three years prior to joining the CSUF faculty, Dr. Wolverton served as Assistant Professor of Music at the University of New Orleans. While in New Orleans he held the position of Assistant Conductor of the New Orleans Symphony Chorus and directed the Chancel Choir of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. From 1975 to 1985 Dr. Wolverton directed the Harlan Community Schools choirs. While in Harlan he also directed the Chancel Choir of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Iowa Western Community College Chorale, and the Bel Canto Singers, a select ensemble comprised mainly of area music teachers. From 1971 to 1974 he conducted the First Infantry Division Men's Chorus and the choir of the Main Post Chapel, Ft. Riley, Kansas.
Dr. Wolverton holds the B.A., Magna cum laude, with High Honors in Music from Wayne (Nebraska) State College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Iowa. He has done additional graduate work at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Drake University, the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and UCLA. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In 1984 he was awarded the prestigious Choirmaster Certificate by the American Guild of Organists. In 2001 he received the "Eunice Skinner Memorial Award" for "excellence in choral music education" from the California Music Educators Association. Most recently, he was recognized as the 2004 "Outstanding Alumnus of the School of Arts and Humanities" of Wayne (Nebraska) State College.
Dr. Wolverton's research interests include Baltic choral music, choral teaching competencies, error detection skills, and the choral music of Alan Hovhaness. His doctoral dissertation was entitled "The Classification of Adolescent Singing Voices." He has had articles published in The Choral Journal, The Music Educators Journal, The American Organists, The Southeastern Journal of Research in Music Education, The Journal of Research in Singing, The Louisiana Choral Advocate, and Cantate California. The "Vance Wolverton Baltic Series" of choral edition is published by Santa Barbara Music and included seventeen titles for women's voices, four for mixed voices and one of men's voices.
Dr. Wolverton is widely published having had articles in The Choral Journal, The Music Educators Journal, The American Organist, The Journal of Research in Singing, The NATS Journal, The Louisiana Choral Advocate, and Cantate California.
11 Octavos from the Baltic Series edited by Vance Wolverton
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