Associate Professor
Director of Choral Activities
Voice Area Coordinator

2022 College of Visual and Performing Arts Outstanding Student Mentor and 2016 Woman of Distinction, Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy brings to JMU a rich and diverse career in international performance and teaching. As JMU Director of Choral Activities, Dr. van der Vat-Chromy directions The Madison Singers, the JMU Chorale, the UCSA: University Chorus Soprano/Alto Ensemble, and coordinates the VMRC (Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community) Generations Choir, an intergenerational choral practicum here in Harrisonburg. A certified Kodály music educator, Dr. V is a proud faculty member of Kodály Institute at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. The 2012-2014 Interim Music Director for the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir, currently Dr. V is the JMU Vocal Arts Summer Camp director and serves as JMU Voice Area Coordinator. An active adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor, Dr. V's research interests include the kinesthetic connections in conducting pedagogy, the integration of Kodály methodology into collegiate choral performance, and the sociological impact of choral cultures on student learning and the experience of flow. Recently dubbed by the renowed choral ensemble, The King's Singers, 'our collective fairy-godmother,' Dr. van der Vat-Chromy is the recipient of the 2021-2022 Shirley Hanson Roberts '56 and Richard D. Roberts Endowment for Faculty Excellence, a university-wide endowed award for excellence in student engagement, collaborative learning, growth, and self-discovery. 

THE FIELD OF DREAMS

Safety is the basis;

     amelioration is the strategy;

          competency is the knowledge;

               critical thinking is the tool;

                    transfer is the key;

                        behaviors are the power;

                              flow is the result.

Expression is the gift;

     love is the fuel;

          sharing is the opportunity;

               culture is the medium;

                    best practices are the power;

                         creativity is the manifestation;

                              consciousness is the transcendence.

Change is the constant;

     oneness is the knowing;

          mindfulness is the alignment;

               experience is the doing;

                    growth is the purpose;

                         wholeness is the container;

                              evolution is the journey.

Dreams are the field.

     You are the dream.

          You are the field.

               You are the Field of Dreams.

Ensemble Directors

Stephen Bolstad

Stephen P. Bolstad
Professor, Director of Bands
Ensemble Area Coordinator
bolstasp@jmu.edu
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Foster Beyers
Assistant Professor
Director of Orchestras
beyersfj@jmu.edu
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Chuck Dotas

Chuck Dotas
Professor, Director of Jazz Studies
dotascj@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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Scott Rikkers

Scott Rikkers
Director of the Marching Royal Dukes, Assistant Director of Bands
rikkersd@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Voice Area
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Nieves Villaseñor
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
Director of Pep Band
villasnx@jmu.edu

Music Education Professors and Instructors

Lisa Maynard

Lisa M. Maynard
Associate Professor, String Music Education,
Coordinator of Music Education
maynarlm@jmu.edu
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William M. Dabback

William Dabback
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies and Admissions
dabbacwm@jmu.edu
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W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Voice Area
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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David Stringham

David StringhamDirector of Research, Entrepreneurship, and Engagement in the College of Visual and Performing Arts
stringda@jmu.edu
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Benjamin Guerrero
Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Instructor
guerrebj@jmu.edu
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Rhonda Stees

Rhonda Stees
Instructor
steesrl@jmu.edu
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Voice & Music Theatre Professors and Instructors

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Voice Area
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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Scott Zane Smith
Coordinator, Supervisor, Instructor
smithsz@jmu.edu
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