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John Irving

John Irving

Lecturer - Director of Choral Studies

Ferguson Ctr A151
(757) 594-7825
john.irving@cnu.edu

Education

  • Ph D in Choral Conducting, University of North Texas
  • MM in Choral Conducting, Westminster Choir College of Rider University
  • BM in Music Education, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching

Chamber Choir, Women's Chorus, Choral Literature, Choral Conducting, Vocal Pedagogy

Research

Renaissance Performance Practice

Biography

John Irving is director of choral studies at Christopher Newport University where he conducts the CNU Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus and teaches courses in choral conducting, literature, and pedagogy. In addition to his responsibilities at CNU, he is artistic director of the Ad Astra Music Festival in Kansas and sings with the Virginia Chorale and Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. Dr. Irving has served as interim music director of the Denton Bach Society and men’s chorus director of Westminster’s Vocal Institute. Previously, he was director of choral music at Fordham High School for the Arts in New York City and founding choral workshop director to Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Count Me In program. The New York Times praised his choirs in performance as “not just exuberant but polished and precise.”

Dr. Irving earned a doctorate in choral conducting from the University of North Texas. He holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College and a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Texas at Austin. His musical training began as a treble with the Texas Boys Choir.


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