James Madison University School of Music

The Directors

Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities

James Madison University Director of Choral Activities DR. JO-ANNE VAN DER VAT-CHROMY is a former Maryland native who hails most recently from Tallahassee, Florida. While in Tallahassee, she completed her doctoral studies in choral music education/choral conducting at Florida State University, with Drs. André Thomas, Kevin Fenton, Judy Bowers and Clifford K. Madsen. Dr. van der Vat-Chromy also served as vocal music director at Tallahassee Community College, conducting the seventy-voice Tallahassee Civic Chorale and the TCC Select Ensemble Illuminare.

Formerly on the music staff of The International School of Brussels, Belgium, Jo-Anne most recently served as the Vocal Music Director at the American School of The Hague, in The Netherlands. Her work at ASH included directing six choirs and co-directing two concert bands, as well as teaching Rock Music History, Musical Theatre and directing the fifty-five-voice ASH Community Choir. Jo-Anne was also the founder/music director of Het Davidkoor, a subsidized thirty voice Dutch women's choir who, for over eighteen years, has focused on the integration of choral music and holistic music making.

In addition to her doctoral degree in Music Education/Choral Conducting from Florida State, Dr. van der Vat-Chromy holds Teacher Certification from the University of Michigan, a MM in Horn Performance from Bowling Green State University, and BA in Music from St. Mary's College of Maryland. Her research interests include the kinesthetic connections in conducting pedagogy, choral acoustic music measurement, curriculum/assessment strategies for middle and high school choirs, and the sociological impact of choral cultures on student learning.

As Director of Choral Activities at James Madison University, Dr. van der Vat-Chromy directs the Madison Singers, the JMU Chorale and the University Women's Chorus. Her academic responsibilities include graduate thesis supervision, undergraduate and graduate choral conducting, high school choral methods, graduate choral literature and student teacher supervision. “Dr. V.” is also a delighted member of the Board of Directors of the JMU Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, where her work is coordinating musical activities and embedded choral teaching opportunities into the Gandhi Center programs for global non-violence, peace and consciousness.

Office: 540.568.5803
Email: vanderjx@jmu.edu

Assistant Professor

W. Bryce Hayes maintains an active career as a conductor, teacher, church musician, pianist, accompanist and singer. He has recently been appointed assistant professor at in choral activities and choral music education at James Madison University where he conducts the Treble Chamber Choir, University Men's Chorus and the combined University Choruses. Dr. Hayes recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The University of Minnesota where he studied Choral Conducting with Kathy Romey and Matthew Mehaffey and Instrumental Conducting with Craig Kirchhoff. During his time at the University of Minnesota he was founding director of the ensemble, Campus Singers. He received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University and a Bachelor of Music degree in music education summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College. Dr. Hayes recently led the acclaimed ensemble One Voice Mixed Chorus as a Guest Conductor for the fall 2010 season. Formerly, Dr. Hayes served as a Director with the The Princeton Girlchoir and the Director of Upper School Choral Music at Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey.

Office: 540.568.5052
Email: hayeswb@jmu.edu

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