PAULA RING ZERKLE

office 610-861-1681

email: zerkle@moravian.edu

EDUCATION

D. M. in Choral Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1998

Conducting teachers: Prof. Robert Porco and Dr. Jan Harrington

Studied also with visiting conductors, Joseph Flummerfelt and John Poole

Dissertation:  “A Study of Amy Beach’s Grand Mass in E-flat Major, Op. 5”, advisor: Thomas Dunn

M. M. in Choral Conducting and in Orchestral Conducting, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1986

Orchestral conducting teachers: Arthur Weisberg and Prof. David Lawton.

Choral conducting teachers:  Prof. Marguerite Brooks and Dr. Edward Maclary

B. A. with High Honors and Distinction in Music and French, University of California at Berkeley, 1982

Conducting teachers:  Prof. Michael Senturia and Prof. James Cunningham

CONDUCTING POSITIONS

Moravian College, Director of Choral Music, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Aug. 1994-present

Moravian College Choir, Women’s Chorus, Vocalis; Penn. Youth Honors Concert Choir (1994-96)

Valley Voice Quartet, Founder, Music Director, and Soprano, Bethlehem, PA, 1997-1999

Lehigh Valley VocalWorks, Music Director, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Aug. 1995 - May 1998

Wesley United Methodist Church, Director of Chancel Choir, Bethlehem, PA (Mar. 1995-Aug. 1997);

Director Wesley KappelChor (Jan. 1997-98)

Lewis-Clark State College, Director of Choral Activities, Lewiston, Idaho, 1992-94

LCSC Chamber Singers; Concert Choir; Vocal Jazz Ensemble; Confluence Choir

Mount Union College, Music Director, Alliance, Ohio, Fall 1990

Mount Union Alliance Chorale; College Concert Choir; Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Unitarian Universalist Church, Music Director, Bloomington, Jan. 1988 - May 1992

Bloomington Feminist Chorus, Music Director, Bloomington, Jan. 1988 - May 1992

Center for University Ministry, Music Director, Bloomington, Fall 1987

Indiana University:

Conductor:  Opera Chorus (1988-9); Doctoral Conducting Chorus (Spring 1989, Fall 1987); Women's Chorus (Fall 1988, 1986-87)

Assistant Conductor:  Oratorio Chorus (Spring 1989)

State University of New York at Stony Brook:

Conductor:  Stony Brook Singers (Fall 1985); Graduate Percussion Ensemble (1985-86);
Annual Messiah Sing (1983-85)

Asst. Conductor:  University Chorus; Chamber Singers; Camarata; Collegium (1983-86);
Graduate Orchestra (1984-86); Undergraduate Orchestra (1983-84); Stony Brook Choral Society Germany Tour (Summer 1985)

University Summer Orchestra, Conductor/Co-Director, Berkeley, California, Summer 1984

Oakland Damenchor, Music Director, Oakland, CA, 1982-83

University of California at Berkeley

Director/Performer:  deciBelles (1978-81)

Conductor:  Reading Chorus; Student Chorus (1981-82)


TEACHING POSITIONS

Associate Professor, Moravian College, (Associate, Aug. 2002-present, Assistant 1994-2002),

Conducting, Women in Music, Musicianship, Vocal Techniques, Intro. to Western Music, Music Education, Short Course in Theory, Choral Literature, Vocal Literature, Music History, Writing

Assistant Professor, Lewis-Clark State College, 1992-94

Conducting, Music Appreciation/History, Music Theory, Class Piano, Class Voice, Private Vocal Instruction

Instructor, Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio, Fall 1990

Conducting, Class Voice, Private Vocal Instruction

Associate Instructor, Undergraduate Conducting, Indiana University, 1987-88, 1989-90

Instructor, Undergraduate Conducting, SUNY Stony Brook, Spring 1986

Music Teacher, Whispering Wonders School, Port Jefferson, NY, 1985-86

Private Voice Teacher, Aug. 1985-May 1994

Teaching Assistant, Conducting Class, SUNY Stony Brook, Spring 1984

Private Piano Teacher, Aug. 1981-present

Head Piano and Piano Theory Teacher, San Francisco Boys' Chorus Summer Camp,

Alan Yamamoto, Camp Director; William Ballard, Director, Summer 1978

PUBLICATIONS

Review of The Cambridge Companion to Conducting, José Antonio Bowen ed., for International Alliance for Women in Music Journal Spring 2005.

DVD of Moravian Choir in Vespers 2004

DVD of Moravian Choir in Vespers 2003

GUEST CONDUCTING / PRESENTATIONS / ADJUDICATIONS

Adjudicator, Music in the Parks, Festivals of Music, Fleetwood and Kutztown, PA, 2003-present

Presenter, Bethlehem Conference on Moravian Music, Oct 2004

Reading Session on Moravian Anthems

Conductor of joint concert of Moravian Music with Moravian Choir and Central Moravian Church Choir 23 October

Adjudicator, PAC for a Day, Lehighton H.S., Lehighton, PA, 7 May 2004

Adjudicator, High School Choral Festival, North Penn High School, Lansdale, PA, 25 Feb. 2003 and 24 Feb. 2004

Adjudicator, Twenty-Seventh Annual Easton Area High School Choral Adjudication, 14 January 2003

Director and Host, World Music Honor Choir, three-day ACDA-PA sponsored event during PMEA Conference, 9-11 April 2003 and 17-19 April 2002

Presenter, Bethlehem Conference on Moravian Music, Oct 2002

Reading Session on Moravian Anthems

Concert of Moravian Music with College Choir

Judge, Moravian Anthem Contest

Adjudicator, Festivals of Music, “Music in the Parks,” in Fleetwood and Kutztown, PA, 3, 8, 21-22, 28 May 2004

Adjudicator, Peak Performances, Moravian College, 16 May 2003

Adjudicator, Music in the Parks, Festivals of Music, Shoemaker Elementary, 18 May 2002

Adjudicator, Performing Arts Consultants (PAC) for a Day, High School Choral and Band Competition, Lehighton High School, Lehighton, PA, May 2001, 2002

Adjudicator, High School Choral Festival, North Penn High School, Lansdale, PA, 26 Feb. 2002

Panel Member, Panel on multicultural music, ACDA Conference, 14 February 2002

Soprano soloist, Vivaldi Gloria and Magnificat, Camerata Singers and Pennsylvania Sinfonia, Allentown, PA, 16-17 Dec. 2001

Presenter, American Choral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Penn State, 7 Aug. 2001

Reading session and presentation on Moravian Choral Music

Clinician, workshop with choir at Freedom High School, Bethlehem, PA, 10 April 2001

Presenter, Bethlehem Conference on Moravian Music, Oct 2000

Reading Session on Moravian Anthems

Concert of Moravian Music with College Choir

Reviewer, Annual Women's Studies Conference in the Lehigh Valley, 1997-present

Judge, Friends of Music Young Artist Competition, 13 Mar. 1999

Judge, American Choral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Undergraduate Conducting Competition at Juniata College, 13 Feb. 1999

Guest Conductor, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 11 Choral Festival, Plymouth Whitemarsh, PA, Feb. 4-6, 1999

Guest speaker, WDIY, Bethlehem Public Radio, Dec. 1998 and Nov. 1999

Interview on College Vespers Services

Presenter, Bethlehem Conference on Moravian Music, Oct 1998

Reading Session on Moravian Anthems; Concert of Moravian Music with College Choir

Paper, “Amy Beach and her Mass in E-flat Major

Presenter, American Choral Directors’ Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, 14 Aug. 1998

Reading session of multi-cultural choral music

Guest Conductor, PMEA District IX Junior and Senior Choral Festival, Forest City, PA, 6 Nov. 1997

Guest Conductor, PMEA, District V Honors Chorus, New Wilmington, PA, 7-9 Nov. 1996

Conductor/Facilitator, Bethlehem Conference on Moravian Music, Oct. 1996

Reading Session on Moravian Anthems

Concert of Moravian Music

Guest presenter, WDIY, Bethlehem Public Radio, Apr. 1996

Presentation on “Women in Music”

Guest Conductor, PMEA, District X Junior High Singfest, Northern Lehigh Jr. High, Mar. 1996

Guest Conductor, PMEA, District IX Choral Festival, Feb. 1996

Adjudicator, Cedar Crest College, Song Contest, Oct. 1995

Soprano Soloist, Camerata Singers and Pennsylvania Sinfonia, Allentown, PA, 8 Apr. 1995

Reviewer, Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges Undergraduate Women Studies Conference, Spring 1995-present

Adjudicator, Allentown Lions Club, High School "Stars of Tomorrow" Solo Competition, Fall 1994

Adjudicator, Northern Idaho Jr. High Music Educators District II, Solos and Small Ensembles Competition, Mar. 1994

Adjudicator, Southeast Washington Music Educators Jr. High and High School Choral Competition,
Spring 1994

Guest Conductor, Southeast Washington Music Educators Annual High School Choral Festival, Mar. 1993

Guest Conductor, Southeast Washington Music Educators Junior High Mass Festival, Oct. 1992

Presenter, National Women’s Music Festival, “The Voice within Us,” Bloomington, IN, June 1992

AWARDS / SELECT WORKSHOPS

Participant, Japan Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, 2003-2004

Involved year-long intense study, a three-week trip to Japan, and curriculum development

Directors: G Cameron Hurst (Penn) and Jane Spaulding

Awarded membership to Marquis Who’s Who 2001-present

Participant, Dalcroze Eurhythmics Workshop, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, July 1999

Conductor, Conducting Masterclass, Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene, June-July 1998

Conducting teachers:  Helmut Rilling and Thomas Sommerville

Participant, Technology Training, Moravian College, Summer 1998

Conductor, Conductors' Guild workshop at Indiana University, Apr. 1992

Conducting teachers:  Paul Vermel, Thomas Baldner, Michael Charry, David Daniels

Nominated for the Thelma A. Robinson Award of the National Federation of Music Clubs, 1992

Awarded membership to Pi Lambda Kappa, Indiana University, Spring 1992

Conductor, Conductors' Guild workshop at Curtis Institute of Music, Jan. 1990

Conducting teachers:  Max Rudolf, Otto Werner Mueller, Michael Charry

Nominated for the Thelma A. Robinson Award of the National Federation of Music Clubs, 1991

Conductor, University of Akron Choral Symposium, Summer 1989

Conducting teachers:  Robert Page and Edward Maclary

Associate Conductor, Conductors' Guild Summer Institute, Morgantown, West Virginia, July 1985 and 86

Conducting Teachers:  Harold Farberman, Daniel Lewis and Samuel Jones

Scholarship student, advanced choral conducting at Aspen Choral Institute, Aspen Colorado, Sum.1983

Conducting teachers:  Fiora Contino and Joel Revzen

Awarded membership to Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 1982

COLLEGE SERVICE

Music Director and Conductor, Moravian College Vespers services, 1994-present

Chair, Moravian College Music Department Aug. 2004-present

Chapter Advisor, Delta Omicron, Moravian College, 1996-2001, 2002-present

Music Director and Consultant, College Opening Vespers, Freshman Banquet, Baccalaureate and Graduation, 1994-present

Member, Search Committee for Vice President for Institutional Advancement, MC, Jan 2005-present

Member, Faculty Executive Council, 2003-present

Performance with College Choir at Moravian Book Shop for alumni gala event, 19 Nov 2003 and 17 Nov 2004

Performance on piano with Barbara Thompson on piece for the Peace Piano Concert, 29 Oct 2004

Performance with College Choir in JP Krupa Memorial, 28 Sep. 2004

Chair, Academic Resources Committee, Moravian College, 1998-2001, 2002-2004

Performance with members of Moravian Choir for Emily Ralph’s senior recital, 30 April 2004

Performance with College Choir for Development Donor Party, MC, 8 Feb. 2003 and 27 Mar. 2004

Tour to Washington D.C with Moravian Choir: Performed at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Arlington, VA, 24 Jan 2004 and at Glen Lutheran Church, Glen Burnie, MD, 25 Jan. 2004

Performance with Choir for Chris Seifert Memorial, 30 Sep 2003

Member, Compensation Committee, MC, Apr.-Sep. 2003

Performance in Dessert Theatre Concert, MC, 26 Apr. 2003

Performance with Vocalis in Student Composers Concert, MC, 25 Apr. 2003

Performance with College Choir in “Keys to Success,” Music Dept. Open House, 23 April 2003

Performance with Vocalis in Collegium Musicum Concert, MC, 23 Mar. 2003

Performance with Vocalis at “Lights of Love,” Lighting Celebration at Good Shepherd Hospital, Bethlehem, PA, 12 December 2002

Performance with choirs in Vespers Preview Concert in Foy Hall, 24 Nov. 2002

Member, Middle States Review Committee, MC, 2002-2003

Member, Honors Committee, MC, 2002-2004

Performance with choir in 9/11 Memorial, MC, 11 Sep. 2002

Member, Planning and Budget Committee, MC, 2000-2001

Member, search committees for:  Music historian, 1-year choral position (chair), Music Education position, Vocal Jazz Instructors, Voice teachers

Performance with choirs in pre-Vespers Concert in Foy Hall, 19 Nov. 2000

Performance with Vocalis in a celebration concert in honor of Copland, MC, 18 Nov. 2000

Performance with Vocalis for a Celebration in honor of Black History Month and Dr. Martin Luther King, Prosser Auditorium, 29 Feb. 2000

Member, Academic Complex Planning Task Force, MC, 1999-2001

Performance with Vocalis for Priscilla Payne Hurd's 80th Birthday party, Foy Concert Hall, 14 Sep. 1999

Performance with Vocalis for 250th Anniversary of the Brethren's' House, MC, 3 Oct. 1998

Conductor and Organizer, Moravian College Annual Alumni Choir Concert, May 1998, May 1999

Performance with MC Choral Ensembles for Presidential Inauguration, MC, Johnston Hall, 18 Apr. 1998

Member, Search Committee for Academic Dean, MC, 1998-99

Member, Academic Environment Committee, MC, 1997-98

Member, Women Studies Advisory Board, MC, 1997-2001

Faculty Liaison, Music Alliance, MC, 1996-98

Member, Learning Resources Committee, MC, 1995-97

Member, Interdisciplinary Committee, MC, 1995-99

Member, Liberal Education Committee, MC, 1994-95, Fall 1999

Leader of Alma Mater, Freshman Banquet, Senior Breakfast, and Alumni Luncheon, 1995-present

Member of search committees for:  Music Education position, Vocal Jazz Instructors, Voice teachers

Performance as soprano soloists and with Women's Chorus on Femmes Musicaux Concert, 31 Mar. 1996

Performance with Chamber Singers on Marcia Bachochin's student recital, 9 Feb. 1996

Panel Member, Discussion on Gender Issues, "Bridging the Gap," Town Meeting, 11 Apr. 1995

Performance with Women's Chorus on Mindy Sweitzer's student recital, 6 Oct. 1995

Performance with Women's Chorus in departmental concert for the Music Alliance, 2 Nov. 1994

Performance with Women's Chorus for Comenius Dinner, Oct. 1994

Member, Grant Review Committee, Lewis-Clark State College, 1992-94

Member, Artist Series Committee, Lewis-Clark State College, 1992-94

Founder, Confluence Choir, LCSC, Lewiston, ID, Fall 1993

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Performance with College Choir, Peace-Tohickon Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA, 2 May 2004

Pre-concert presentation to Music Alliance “Meet and Much with the Conductor” before the Bernstein MASS concert, 18 April 2004

Lecture on Bernstein MASS at Moravian Hall Square, 30 March 2004

Performance with College Choir at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Arlington, VA, 24 Jan 2004

Performance with College Choir at Glen Lutheran Church, Glen Bur nie, MD, 25 Jan. 2004

Recording session with Vocalis for Angel Mountain Productions & Sound and Sight & Sound Theatres, 18 Dec. 2003

Performance with College Choir at New Dorp Moravian Church, Staten Island, NYC 23 Nov 2003

Performance with Women’s Chorus, Lehigh University Parents Weekend, 2 Nov. 2003

Performance with College Choir with the Allentown Symphony and the Allentown Band, 12 April, 2003

Recording with College Choir for Angel Mountain Productions & Sound and Sight & Sound Theatres, 22 Feb. 2003

Performance with Women’s Chorus, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orwigsburg, PA, 9 Feb. 2003

Volunteer, Godfrey Daniels, a folk and acoustic performance space, Jan. 2002-present

Assistant Creator, “Storymill,” a website of stories which serves as a cooperative publicity campaign aimed at increasing exposure for local non-profit organizations in the Lehigh Valley, Summer 2002

Creative Consultant, Immuexa Corporation, maker of software and websites for several community groups, including WDIY, Mock Turtle Marionette, Bethlehem Marketing Council, and Lehigh Valley Velodrome, 2001-2002

Director and Co-coordinator, Tour and Performances in Germany with the Moravian College Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Wind Ensemble, Mar. 2001

Performance with College Choir, Christ United Church of Christ, Bethlehem, PA, 1 Apr. 2001

Performance with College Choir and Vocalis in a full concert for Salem United Church of Christ, Allentown, PA, Nov. 19, 2000

Performance with College Choir and Vocalis in a Sunday service for Wesley United Methodist Church, Bethlehem, PA, Nov. 12, 2000

Performance with Vocalis for Liberty High School, Bethlehem, PA, April 2000

Performance with College Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Vocalis at Madison High School, Madison, NJ, March 2000

Webmaster, Friends of Music, Bethlehem, PA, 1999-present

Performance with Vocalis for Eastern PA Association of Retired School Superintendents, Bethlehem, PA,  8 Dec. 1999

Performance of the Valley Voice Quartet for the Pennsylvania German Society, 5 June 1999

Performance with Women's Chorus and Allentown Symphony, Allentown, PA, 17 Apr. 1999

Performance with Moravian College Choir for Castleton Hill Moravian Church, Staten Island, 26 Mar. 1999

Performance with Women's Chorus and ACCO (A Chorus Celebrating Women), MC, 21 Mar. 1999

Performance with Women's Chorus for Women's History Month, HUB, MC, Mar. 1999

Performance with Moravian College choral ensembles for Lancaster Moravian Church, Lancaster, PA,     21 Feb. 1999

Performance with the Amernet String Quartet and Valley Voice Quartet, Bethlehem, PA 19 Feb. 1999

Presentation with College Choir in community carol sing-along, 5 Dec. 1998

Performance with College Choir at Christmas Tree lighting at the City Hall Plaza, 29 Nov. 1998; led community members in carol sing afterwards

Performance with Moravian College choral ensembles for Faith United Church of Christ in Center Valley,   7 Nov. 1998

Performance with MC choral ensembles for the 250th anniversary of the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Palmerton (trustee Fred Reinhard’s church), 18 Oct. 1998

Performance with Vocalis at YWCA “Week Against Violence” Rally, 18 Oct. 1998

Performance with Women’s Chorus for a Turning Point Domestic Abuse Rally, 8 Oct. 1998

Performance with Moravian College choral ensembles for Baptist Temple, Blue Bell, PA 29 Mar. 1998

Performance with the Women's Chorus for St. Paul Lutheran Church, Doylestown, PA, Feb. 1998

Director and Co-coordinator , Tour and Performances in England and Scotland with the Moravian College Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Wind Ensemble,  Jan. 1998

Performance with Moravian College choral ensembles for Wesley United Methodist Church, Bethlehem, PA, Nov. 1995-97

Performance with Women's Chorus for the Names Project:  AIDS Memorial Quilt, MC, 23 Nov. 1997

Performance with Vocalis for Family Day, MC, Oct. 1997

Performance with Lehigh Valley VocalWorks at Lehigh Country conferences of Churches Choral Festival, First Presbyterian, Allentown, PA, 13 April 1997

Performance with College Choir and Women's Chorus for Newtown Square Presbyterian Church, Newtown Square, PA, 1 Mar. 1997

Performance with College Choir and Women's Chorus at Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA, 2 Feb. 1997

Director and Coordinator, Tour and Performances in Ohio with College Choir and Women's Chorus; performed at Moravian Churches near Dover, as well as a local high school, Mar. 1996

Performance with Women's Chorus and ACCO for Women's History Month, MC, Mar. 1996

Performance with College Choir and Women's Chorus for Hope for the Future Music Program, Palmer Township Moravian Church, 24 Mar. 1996

Soloist, Recital as Fund-raiser for Wesley United Methodist Church, June 1995

Member, Friends of Music Board, Bethlehem, PA, 1995-2001

Performance with Women's Chorus for Women of the Year Banquet, Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem,
18 Apr. 1995

Performance with Women's Chorus for Women's Voices, Women's Choices, MC, Apr. 1995

Director and Coordinator, Tour with College Choir and Women's Chorus to New York City and Staten Island; performances at Moravian Churches in Harlem and Staten Island, Mar. 1995

Participant, Partners in Education Program: taught class and led rehearsal at Liberty High School, Bethlehem, PA, Mar. 1995

Performance with Moravian College choral ensembles for Faith United Church of Christ, Center Valley, PA, 20 Nov. 1994

Performance with Women's Chorus for a Turning Point Domestic Abuse Rally, Bethlehem, PA, Oct. 1994

Participant, “Taste of Teaching” Program, involving rehearsal of a choir class at Lewiston High School, Lewiston, ID, Spring 1992 and 1993

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Voice

Piano

Norman Phillips, Bloomington, Indiana , 1987-89

Harald Logan, Berkeley, California, 1980-83

Harold Parker, New York, New York, 1983-86 

Martha Wasley, Berkeley, California, 1977-79

Pauline Ma, Berkeley, California, 1980-82

Dorothy Grassi, Orinda California, 1968-73

Allen Shearer, Berkeley, California, 1978-80

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Choral Director’s Association, since 1985

Board Member, Pennsylvania Chapter and Chair for Multi-cultural and Ethnic Perspectives, 2001-2003

International Alliance for Women in Music, since 1995

International Federation for Choral Music, since 1996

College Music Society, since 1986

Music Educators’ National Conference/Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association, since 1994

National Organization of Women, since 1990

Conductors Guild, 1985-2003

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Coordinator of Classical Series, National Women's Music Festival, Bloomington, IN, 1988-92

Keyboard Player, Stony Brook Graduate Orchestra, 1984-86

First Soprano, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Margaret Hillis, Director 1982-83

Soloist & First Soprano:  Stony Brook University Chorus, Chamber Singers, Camarata, Collegium, 1983-86

Piano Accompanist, Vista College Choir, Berkeley, CA  John diFrancesco, Director, 1982-83