Williamsburg Choral Guild Artistic Director & Conductor since 2002, Jay BeVille is dedicated to creating musically interesting and thought-provoking programs designed to enrich the listeners’ experience. His conducting credits with the Guild include masterworks that range from Handel to Poulenc and into the 21st century, with the music of Cecilia McDowall, Ola Gjeilo and others. His teaching career spans more than 40 years, and he is presently on the voice faculties of Virginia Commonwealth University and Randolph Macon College. In 2011 he oversaw the creation of the Williamsburg Youth Chorale, which regularly performs with the Williamsburg Choral Guild and Williamsburg Women’s Chorus. BeVille also prepared the Children’s Chorus for a 2009 presentation of Carl Orff ’s Carmina Burana, at the Richmond Symphony Orchestra’s season premiere. This major work was performed at the newly renovated Carpenter Theater at Richmond CenterStage, under the direction of guest conductor Alastair Willis.
BeVille holds degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and Boston University and studied voice under L. Wayne Batty and Wilma Thompson. He has been a soloist in the Richmond area for many years and has appeared with the Richmond Symphony under the baton of George Manahan. Other well-known conductors BeVille has worked with include Thomas Dunn and Dale Warland. His opera and oratorio credits include La Traviata, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Tartuffe, The Counsul, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Elijah and Messiah. BeVille maintains a private voice studio and is active as clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor and baritone soloist.