Associate Professor, Music Education
Associate Director of Choral Activities

Dr. W. Bryce Hayes maintains an active career as a conductor, teacher, church musician, pianist, accompanist and singer. As a choral conductor Bryce is currently associate professor of Choral Music Education at James Madison University where he works with the Treble Chamber Choir, The University Men's Chorus, and Kor, a select men's ensemble of 14. In addition to his choral conducting responsibilities at JMU, Bryce teaches graduate choral literature, undergraduate conducting, and music education classes.  

He is an active adjudicator and clinician, recent and upcoming appearances include conducting honors choirs and workshops in Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. As a baritone he has performed in the professional ensemble, The Princeton Singers, and most recently as a founding member of The Valley 7. Dr. Hayes serves as the Virginia ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities.

Dr. Hayes is a certified Kodály educator, and his current research interests include strategies for improving musicianship with secondary and collegiate choirs, the role of gender in the choral ensembles, and creativity in the choral classroom.

A New Jersey native, Dr. Hayes hails most recently from Minneapolis, Minnesota where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The University of Minnesota. Prior to his time in Minnesota Dr. Hayes received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University. His career began with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College following which he served as the Director of Upper School Choral Music at Princeton Day School.

Music Education Professors and Instructors

William Dabback

William Dabback
Professor, Music Education Coordinator
dabbacwm@jmu.edu
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David Stringham

David Stringham
Associate Professor, Music and Human Services Minor Coordinator
stringda@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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Jesse Rathgeber

Jesse Rathgeber
Assistant Professor

Ensemble Directors

Stephen Bolstad

Stephen P. Bolstad
Professor, Director of Bands
Ensemble Area Coordinator
bolstasp@jmu.edu
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Scott Rikkers

Scott Rikkers
Director of the Marching Royal Dukes, Assistant Director of Bands
rikkersd@jmu.edu
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Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Pep Band

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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Chuck Dotas

Chuck Dotas
Professor, Director of Jazz Studies
dotascj@jmu.edu
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David Stringham

David Stringham
Associate Professor, Music and Human Services Minor Coordinator
stringda@jmu.edu
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Foster Beyers

Foster Beyers
Assistant Professor
Director of Orchestras
beyersfj@jmu.edu
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Don Rierson

Don Rierson
Associate Professor, Director of Opera and Music Theatre
riersodg@jmu.edu
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