Associate Professor
Director of Choral Activities

James Madison University 2016 Woman of Distinction Award Winner and Director of Choral Activities Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy is a Maryland native who hails most recently from Tallahassee, Florida.  A proud Seminole, she completed her doctoral studies in choral music education/choral conducting at The 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, and student teacher supervision. “Dr. V.” is also a delighted member of the JMU Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, where her work is coordinating musical activities and embedded choral teaching opportunities into Gandhi Center programs for global non-violence, peace and consciousness. Dr. V has served from 2012-2014 as Interim Music Director for the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir, is currently director and guest conductor of the JMU Vocal Arts Summer Camp, and serves as Virginia co-chair of the KEEP SINGING PROJECT, (www.keepsinging.info), a nationwide online networking initiative dedicated to assisting high school senior singers in continuing their passion for choral singing into their collegiate careers, regardless of their chosen major area of study.

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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Amy Birdsong

Amy Birdsong
Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Pep Band
birdsoae@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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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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